Montgomery, Brady re-elected as top ONA officers; Haik, Brannon voted secretary, treasurer

By on January 26, 2011

The Board of Directors of the Online News Association (ONA) re-elected Christine

Christine Montgomery

Montgomery, Managing Editor of, to another one-year term as president at its first meeting of 2011 in San Francisco.

Montgomery will continue in the role she was elected to in 2010. She joined Public Broadcasting Service last August as the organization’s first managing editor of, where she’s developing digital content strategies aimed at growing audiences, and serving the online needs of more than 350 PBS stations nationwide. For six years prior, she led editorial, strategy and site development for the St. Petersburg Times’ digital properties. Under her leadership, the Times was recognized with the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, given to the Times staff for, a website that tests the validity of political statements. She made the transition from print to web in 1999, when she became a deputy managing editor for She holds a journalism degree from the University of Florida, and a Master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Jim Brady, Cory Haik and Jody Brannon

The Board also re-elected Jim Brady, Digital Consultant, as Vice President, and Cory Haik, Deputy Editor, Universal News Desk, The Washington Post, as Secretary. Jody Brannon, National Director, News21, was voted Treasurer.

Leaving the board in January were Jonathan Dube, Senior Vice President / General Manager, News & Information Group, AOL, who served as Vice President in 2007 and President in 2008-2009; Neil Budde, President,, who held the office of Vice President/Treasurer in 2008-09, and Dick Meyer, Executive Editor for News, NPR, who chaired the Legal Committee.

“Jon, Neil and Dick’s long years of service and leadership lent invaluable direction to the Board and helped ONA become the organization that’s leading journalists into the future,” said Montgomery.

Look for more news from the January Board meeting in an upcoming President’s Letter.

Jane McDonnell

Jane McDonnell

As executive director, Jane oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, working closely with the Board of Directors. Her purview includes membership, partnerships, global community outreach, budgeting and revenue generation, fundraising and development, the Online Journalism Awards, and providing vision for ONA’s state-of-the-art annual conference.