Amy Kovac-Ashley is the director of newsroom learning at the American Press Institute.
Amy leads the American Press Institute’s newsroom learning program, which provides support and resources to local innovators in newsrooms across the country. She oversees API’s Changemaker Network, where these innovators connect with one another and share best practices. She is interested in finding new ways to support newsroom talent development and to facilitate peer learning among journalists.
Prior to joining the American Press Institute, Amy worked as a journalism educator. She was the managing director of West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media Innovation Center and the assistant dean of Georgetown University’s master’s in journalism program. She has taught journalism ethics, media writing, media law and Capstone courses.
She spent a dozen years as a professional journalist, with most of her time working in print or digital news. She reported on education and other local affairs at The Herald News and The Roanoke Times and was an editor at Foreign Policy magazine, Patch.com and The Washington Post, where she was the paper’s first social media editor.
Amy holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.