Team


Antonio Mora
Editor in Chief

I’ve worked in just about every capacity in the news business, not only in English, but also in Spanish. I’ve won national and local awards (including 12 Emmys), for anchoring, reporting, interviewing, and commentary.  I worked in national news as “Good Morning America’s” News Anchor and as a correspondent for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.” More recently, I anchored an international news show on Al Jazeera America.  I have also anchored local news in Chicago, Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

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On the side, I often write columns about Latin American affairs and U.S. foreign policy.  I appear frequently on national and international TV networks as a commentator on those topics and on the media.  I also teach at the University of Miami’s School of Communication. I am a Harvard-educated lawyer and have a Venezuela law degree as well.

I am a news obsessive, the kind of person who wants to be informed about all things at all times. I’m saddened by the divisions in American politics and the identity crisis in U.S. media, but I’m excited about how News and News can help inform you, deliver an unbiased account of our daily lives, and make a small contribution toward greater civility in the American discourse.

Lorren Elkins
Chief Marketing Officer

Most recently, I headed up digital strategy at Granite Broadcasting and worked in senior leadership roles at ad tech, publishing, and software companies. Prior to entering the digital space, I held numerous executive positions at The New York Times with stints across marketing, circulation, advertising, and strategic planning. I hold a degree in economics from Harvard University, where I was the Business Manager of the school’s daily newspaper. I’ve clearly loved the news biz for a very long time.

Bob Plotkin
Chief Technology Officer

I have over 30 years of experience in technology, software and Internet development. After starting my career building cutting-edge medical diagnostic equipment, I spent a decade at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center developing and programming a parallel supercomputer, then worked on interactive and Internet streaming-media technologies and large-scale database applications.

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After that, I worked at an early-stage Internet company developing streaming video content and have been involved in technology assessment for private equity, venture and public company investment for more than 15 years.

I have been developing web properties for public and private companies as well as for not-for-profits since the 2000’s. I am the holder of multiple patents and am published in peer-reviewed technology journals. I hold degrees from Columbia University’s School of Engineering (BSEE) and NYU Polytechnic (MSCS).

As an engineer, I have spent my life seeking fact-based information.  While some are more adept at identifying what is real and what is fluff, it is all too apparent that, in general, the biases of news sources are becoming less and less recognized.  News and News offers a chance for me to apply scientific methods to help our editors keep track of their curated news sources so as to create as neutral a collection of news for our readers as we believe possible.

When not working or spending time with my family, I can be found playing violin with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, working on my golf game or pursuing my passion for photography.

Irina Carpov
Chief Financial Officer

I keep an eye on the finances so we can focus on keeping an eye on the news. I earned a BA in accounting from Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College.  I am a certified public accountant and CGMA certified.  As a seasoned accounting professional with diverse experience in public, corporate, and private equity fund accounting, I provide support for the day-to-day operations, tax reporting as well as financial budgeting and forecasting for the company.

Boriana Milanova Treadwell
Editor

I am a journalist turned journalism professor with more than 25 years of experience in broadcast, print, and online media. I spent 16 years working at CNN as a producer, writer, copyeditor and assignment editor, where I won numerous awards, including three Emmys, four Peabodys, two Edward B. Murrow awards, and a DuPont award, among others.

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I began my journalism career as a sophomore at the American University in Bulgaria, which opened its doors after the fall of the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe. I wrote for the school paper and was later hired as a Foreign Desk Editor for one of the biggest Bulgarian daily newspapers, “Standart.” And while I loved working for the paper, I wanted to continue studying, so, I applied to and was accepted to grad school at Georgia State University in Atlanta in 1997.

During my second semester there, I began an internship with CNN – and was hired as a freelancer when the internship ended. A year after that, I got a full-time job with CNN.

Eventually, I grew emotionally and physically tired from the constant demands of a 24/7 network and looked for a new calling. And because I didn’t want to leave journalism altogether, I decided to swap the newsroom for the classroom – so I joined the faculty at the University of Miami School of Communication. As a teacher, I am privileged to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of reporters. And I still get to be in a newsroom as a faculty adviser to the student-produced shows at the award-winning college station, UMTV.

Peggy Jo Abraham
Editor

As a reporter, I was honored with an Emmy Award for my breaking news coverage. As a writer, I earned several Golden Mike Awards. Later I served for many years as a News Director, Executive Producer and Bureau Chief for various outlets. In the digital space, I ran E! News Now which created a dozen daily online entertainment videos that were posted on E! Online, as well as distributed to other major sites such as AOL, Hulu, YouTube and Comcast.

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As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a news junkie. As a child, I began saving newspapers chronicling every major event, crisis, election or scandal and now have quite an extensive collection. If I could only figure out a way to preserve this and enjoy it at the same time, I’d be very happy.

I got into the news business quite accidentally – starting as a “secretary” at a small country radio station. Things grew from there and I soon found myself anchoring a newscast 4-5 times a day, then moving on to television news. My career in the business has been fascinating and rewarding. I’ve had the opportunity to cover both hard news and entertainment news in Los Angeles, the second largest media market in the country. From there, my career blossomed.

In addition to working as an Editor for NewsandNews.com, I am currently a media consultant, writer for several online websites and a copy editor for a full-service agency specializing in branded content on all platforms.

In this divisive media climate, it is exciting to be part of a news and information site whose purpose and mission is to deliver the news in a format that is as unbiased as possible.

Maksim Galanin
Editor

I am a journalist from Estonia who has worked as a TV-host, a news anchor on radio, and a reporter for the Estonian National Broadcasting Corporation. I have been a working journalist since 2009.

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I am dedicated to reporting news that is transparent and clear, that helps readers understand the world and improve their lives, as opposed to the biased information we seem to be receiving from all sides. I am convinced the media will fail in its mission if it can’t give a fair representation of what’s happening around the globe.

I’m excited to be a part of Newsandnews.com’s attempt to do just that and hope I can have a positive impact in helping readers get a better picture of international news and domestic U.S. news from a foreign perspective.

I received a bachelor’s degree from Tallinn University in Commercial, Media and Public Relations.

I live in Tallinn and, in my free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and singing, practicing video editing, and organizing small charity events.

Imran Malik
Editor

I have nearly 20 years of experience working in different areas of the of media industry — including digital journalism, film, and documentaries. Due to my work I have lived the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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In addition to News and News, I am currently the Editor in Chief of Media Bites (a news website focused on Pakistan) and the CEO of Maya Media Solutions (a digital marketing company).

I currently live in my hometown of Lahore, Pakistan. I received an MBA (Marketing) from the Pak-American Institute of Management Sciences in Lahore. I also have filmmaking diplomas from the New York Film Academy and the National College of Arts in Lahore.

Steve Bills
Editor

I have spent the past 20 years covering financial and technology news in New York, writing and editing for publishers including CNN, Reuters and the newspaper American Banker. I’m also currently a contributing editor at Global Finance magazine.

I have long been interested in business and the economy, and in the kind of explanatory journalism that puts the daily churn of life in context for my audience.

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I am especially interested in the intersections among business, economics, politics and the broader society. One of the pleasures of working with News and News is the opportunity to explore these issues, both domestically and globally, from a wide variety of news sources.

Patty Rizzo
Editor

I am a recent graduate of the University of Miami’s School of Communication with a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in cultural history. I participated in UMTV, the college television station where I anchored a segment of “UniMiami,” the Spanish-language newscast, and served as a panelist for the entertainment show, “Pulse.” I was born in Caracas, Venezuela.More

I believe in journalism and the search for truth, while upholding values of integrity and transparency. Living in the digital world stimulates our desire to stay informed at all times. I believe that Newsandnews.com promotes a unifying, unbiased approach to the information we consume daily.

I enjoy reading, physical fitness, and looking for the next best vegetarian spot in Miami!

Nathan Leight
Chairman

I am a serial entrepreneur and investor with 35 years of experience building, growing, and investing in businesses. I have managed billion-dollar hedge funds, sat on the boards of publicly traded companies, and launched multiple startups.

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I have been a voracious consumer of news all my life. I cherished the ritual of reading newspapers every morning – an actual, physical paper. I loved the discovery of new stories that were just a page away. However, times are changing. The news cycle is shortening. The amount of information transmitted during each cycle is increasing. The amount of work it takes to sort through and discern what is worthy of our time is enormous. The experience of becoming informed, the process of discovery in opening the paper and flipping it inside out is no longer common nor easy to do. Now we scroll and click through endless nonsense or find ourselves in an echo chamber of algorithmically-driven content that narrows our perspectives. I think we deserve better. I think we need our news sources to challenge our preconceived notions and broaden our perspectives, and to introduce us to topics we previously didn’t even know of.

So, I put together a team and created News and News because I know we can do better.