Jody Brannon is approaching her 20th year of working exclusively in the online space, at some of the world’s most influential sites. She began her digital journalism career in April 1995 with The Washington Post, rising to managing editor and executive producer. She served as executive producer at USATODAY.com for nearly five years and ombudsman and director of experimental programming at MSN.com for two years prior to a three-year stint as director of News21.com, the multi-university incubator alliance of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism. She’s now a digital strategist, having worked recently for NationalGeographic.com, Gannett Digital and AJR. She chaired J-Lab’s Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism for eight years. Brannon’s 1999 Maryland dissertation, “Maximizing the Medium,” examined online journalism at ABC, NPR and USA TODAY. An early ONA member who chaired the 2006 conference in D.C., she coordinates ONA’s Education committee and serves on the executive board, currently as VP. As a Seattle native working in D.C., Brannon considers herself a bi-Washingtonian who keeps her bodily and digital pulse strong via inline skating, powder skiing, iPadding and experimenting with online tools.