Hi, I'm Anika. 👋🏽
That’s pronounced: Ah-nuh-kuh Uh-naan-d.
This dizzying gif is of my team and I celebrating one year of The Evergrey at our anniversary party in 2017.
My greatest strength (and weakness) is seeing problems everywhere. That's one reason I love startups– everyone's working together to solve big challenges and constantly iterating on our solutions.
These are a few challenges I find most fulfilling to work on:
Building user-centered journalism products, experiences and systems
Simplifying complex topics in creative ways that inspire curiosity and learning
Facilitating tough or uncomfortable conversations
Measuring journalistic impact
Advocating for media created by and for people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives
Creating local journalism that helps people feel more connected to their chosen communities.
Want the more detailed bio? Here it is with all the links.
I'm originally from North Carolina and currently live in Seattle with my husband and son.
After I cofounded The Evergrey in 2016, it's grown into a digital news publication that helps Seattleites feel more connected to their city with a daily e-mail newsletter, stories and perspectives, and interactive events. In 2017, The Evergrey was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington's Innovator of the Year award. Here's my cofounder and me talking about the launch of The Evergrey.
As the storytelling director at WhereBy.Us, I designed our newsletter and editorial strategies and the systems and processes for making what we make across all our WhereBy.Us cities in Seattle, Miami, Portland, Orlando, Pittsburgh (and growing!) Here's me talking about what I've learned about growing a news product from scratch.
Now I’m the product director of our newly created product team, and our mission is to figure out what we make and how those things will help us make money and grow our audience.
Other things about me: I was part of the 2018 Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle by Seattle Met Magazine. Currently, I help lead the Online News Association's Seattle chapter and for the last few years, I've helped organize the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship for aspiring journalists of color in Washington State. I took a 10-week product management course at General Assembly Seattle; I was an Online News Association 2014 MJ Bear Fellow; I lived in Haiti for a few months while working for an NGO.
Before The Evergrey and WhereBy.Us, I worked for The Seattle Times Education Lab as its engagement editor. Before that, I was the product and engagement director at the education news nonprofit Chalkbeat. Leading up to those gigs, I interned at national news outlets like CNN, Salon, Business Insider, the Center for Investigative Reporting and MSNBC.com – all of which helped me realize I'm most passionate about how to create sustainable models of local journalism using digital tools and platforms.
I learned journalism things from two schools. I graduated from CUNY's Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism with a master's in business and economics reporting. For my capstone project, I produced a short video documentary on our country's lack of paid maternity leave by featuring one woman's experience, which aired on HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
I got my bachelor's in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and wrote and edited for on-campus publications including The Daily Tar Heel, where my crowning achievement was this front-page story on bathroom graffiti.
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