Mizell Stewart III is a news executive for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network, supporting the efforts of nearly 4,000 journalists who are part of the largest local-to-national news network in the United States. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where he is co-director of the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. He is the founder and managing director of Emerging Leaders, LLC, a leadership development and consulting firm focused on mid-career professionals.
Stewart is the former Managing Director and Chief Content Officer of Journal Media Group, formed in 2015 via the merger of the newspaper assets of Journal Communications and the E.W. Scripps Company. As Vice President/Content for the Scripps newspaper division, Stewart led the Four Platform Newsroom project, a digital transformation initiative that resulted in regional and national honors for the company’s newsrooms, including recognition among Editor & Publisher’s “10 That Do It Right.” He has been an editor, managing editor, local news editor and award-winning reporter at the Evansville Courier & Press, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Tallahassee Democrat, the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News-Sun.
Under his leadership, the Courier & Press was named best daily newspaper in Indiana in 2011 by the Hoosier State Press Association. The Courier & Press was a finalist for the same award in 2009 and 2010.
A four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, Stewart helped lead the team at The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss. that won the 2006 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He is a past president of the American Society of News Editors, the nation’s largest organization of news industry leaders.
Mizell earned a BS in journalism at Bowling Green State University and serves on the board of directors of the BGSU Alumni Association. He earned an MS in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change from Northern Kentucky University.