Irene McKisson

Principal Executive

Irene McKisson spent 18 years in local news at the Arizona Daily Star where she started as a sports designer and copy editor and became the General Manager of Niche Audience Development, co-founding and editing #ThisIsTucson. She is a past ONA speaker and member of the Women’s Leadership Accelerator cohort; a participant and speaker in Google News Initiative programs including the Google Audience Lab, GNI Innovation Challenge and GNI Startup Boot Camp with LION; she is a GNI fellow in the 2022 class of the Media Transformation Challenge at Poynter and among the recipients of a 2019 Tow Center for Digital Journalism research grant. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Arizona, a mother, reader, baker and AP Style nerd. She was born in Tucson and plans to stay forever.

Contact: imckisson@azluminaria.org

Dianna M. Náñez

Executive Editor

Dianna M. Náñez is an investigative journalist, narrative writer/editor and storytelling coach whose story of Indigenous and borderlands communities was part of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning Arizona Republic team coverage. She served as a board member for NAHJ and is a member of the 2017 cohort of ASNE’s Emerging Leaders Institute. She’s a frequent public speaker for journalism and community forums, taught journalism ethics and diversity at ASU and is an expert in workplace standards for mentorship, diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and belonging. When she’s not in hype-woman mode or ruminating on life and news, she’s channeling her Mexican ancestors, talking to birds, and eating tacos weekly and menudo on Sundays with her familia.

Contact: dnanez@azluminaria.org

Becky Pallack

Operations Executive

Becky Pallack was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Arizona Daily Sun and she has covered just about any topic you can think of. She’s a three-time winner of the Arizona Newspapers Association’s Freedom of Information Award. She was co-founder of  #ThisIsTucson, and she and Irene are among the winners of the 2019 Google News Initiative’s Innovation Challenge. Becky was a 2020 fellow at the NewStart local news ownership initiative at West Virginia University. She has volunteered with the Arizona Press Club, local startup communities, Girl Scouts, and Saguaro National Park. She grew up in Yuma and lives in Tucson with her partner and her trusty sidekick, Rocket Dog.

Contact: bpallack@azluminaria.org

John Washington

Reporter

John Washington is an investigative journalist with a focus on immigration and borders, as well as criminal justice and literature. His first book, “The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum at the US-Mexico Border and Beyond,” was published in 2020 by Verso Books. Washington is also a translator, having co-translated, most recently, “The Hollywood Kid,” by Óscar Martínez and Juan Martínez, and “Blood Barrios,” by Alberto Arce, which won a PEN Translates Award. He has been living in and out of Tucson since 2008. Find more of his work at www.jblackburnwashington.com.

Contact: jwashington@azluminaria.org or @jbwashing on Twitter.

Beatriz Limón

Contributing reporter

Beatriz Limón is an award-winning print and photojournalist who has been a correspondent in Arizona and New Mexico for Agencia EFE, the world’s largest Spanish-language newswire organization and fourth largest global wire service in any language. She is a regular columnist for the Mexican newspaper El Imparcial and a contributor to palabra., a digital news site launched by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to offer in-depth journalism that fully and fairly reflects Latino/a/x communities. She worked at The Arizona Republic’s Latino-focused publication La Voz, where she earned numerous Arizona Press Club recognitions. Her photojournalism has won awards from The Photographic Society of America. Beatriz was an editor and investigative journalist for leading Mexico newspapers La Crónica and Frontera.

Contact: limonbeatrizperiodista@gmail.com or @betylimon on Twitter.