NBC’s Imaeyen Ibanga and Vox’s Elite Truong elected to Board

Hatch, Jenkins, Linch, Wilson and Zamora re-elected

By on October 11, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, elected two new members to its Board of Directors and reelected five incumbents to two-year terms.

The newest directors, Imaeyen Ibanga, Web/Video Producer at NBC News, and Elite Truong, Product Manager, Partner Platforms, Vox Media, will join the Board Jan. 1, 2017. Click on their images below to read more about their visions for ONA.


Imaeyen Ibanga

Web/Video Producer
NBC News


Elite Truong

Product Manager, Partner Platforms
Vox Media

“The board is thrilled to welcome Elite and Imaeyen, both of whom will bring fresh perspectives and digital expertise, as well as our re-elected colleagues as we focus on advancing ONA’s strategic vision,” said ONA Board President Joshua Hatch. “I’d also like to thank our three retiring board members — Jody Brannon, Robert Hernandez and Jim Roberts — for their years of service and contributions to ONA. They have been critical to ONA’s success and we will miss them.”

The five re-elected members are:

  • Joshua HatchAssistant Managing Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Mandy JenkinsHead of News, Storyful, and current Board Vice President
  • Greg LinchData Developer, McClatchy
  • Benet WilsonOwner/Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Queen LLC, and current Board Secretary
  • Jose ZamoraSenior Vice President, Strategic Communications, Univision Network News.

Josh Hatch

Joshua Hatch

Assistant Managing Editor
The Chronicle of Higher Education
(current President)


Mandy Jenkins

Head of News
(current Vice President)


Greg Linch

Data Developer


Benét Wilson

Aviation Queen LLC
(current Secretary)


Jose Zamora

Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications
Univision News Networks

A 16th seat, appointed by the Board to help meet specific organizational goals, will be announced shortly.

Three current directors will leave the board after their current terms expire on Dec. 31:

  • Jody Brannon, Chief Intelligence Officer/Senior Product Manager, Bing News, who has served as Board Secretary and Treasurer and has been a Board member for 10 years
  • Robert Hernandez, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
  • Jim Roberts, Director, Global Digital Practice, Mercury

Serving out their current two-year terms through 2017 are: 

  • David Cohn, Senior Director, Alpha Group, Advance Publications and current Board Treasurer
  • Meredith Artley, Editor-in-Chief, CNN Digital and past Board President
  • Michelle Baruchman Student Representative, University of Georgia
  • P. Kim Bui, former Deputy Managing Editor, reported.ly
  • Eric Carvin, Social Media Editor, The Associated Press
  • Steve Herrmann, Editorial Director, BBC Monitoring
  • David Skok, former Managing Editor & Vice President, Digital, The Boston Globe
  • David Smydra, Editorial Director, Google Play Newsstand

Election results

At the close of voting, 416 voters — representing 16 percent of ONA’s eligible membership of 2,601 at the time of vote start — cast votes.

Elected/re-elected to six open seats were:

Mandy Jenkins – 239 votes
Benét Wilson – 215 votes
Greg Linch – 200 votes
Jose Zamora – 180 votes
Joshua Hatch – 176 votes
Elite Truong – 162 votes
Imaeyen Ibanga – 158 votes
Others receiving votes:
Julia B. Chan – 156 votes
Dan Gilgoff – 150 votes
Paul Cheung – 148 votes
Geraldine Moriba – 145 votes
Celeste LeCompte – 127 votes
Timothy Wong – 115 votes
Meena Thiruvengadam – 114 votes
Sara Catania – 111 votes
Marian Liu – 102 votes
Martha Stone – 56 votes
Penny Riordan – 51 votes

We thank everyone who ran and voted, and encourage active participation in choosing ONA’s leadership in future elections.


Trevor Knoblich

As ONA's Chief Knowledge Officer, Trevor works to coordinate information sharing internally, oversees learning for all ONA programs, as well as registration and logistics for events.