Grady Tripp, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at TEGNA, February 2022 Guest Curator

To further our mission to talk about process and quality in journalism, each guest curator has highlighted what they see as the “don’t want to miss” pieces posted to Grady Newsource that month, along with some constructive reflection about the journalism.

About This Month’s Guest Curator

Grady Tripp is vice president and chief diversity officer for TEGNA Inc. where he oversees all aspects of TEGNA’s diversity strategy, including attracting, retaining and growing diverse talent at all levels of the company, developing training programs to enhance awareness and accountability in diversity issues, and facilitating the company’s racial diversity and inclusion employee working group.

Since joining TEGNA in 2017, Tripp has been an integral part of the company’s people and culture strategy. As senior director of human resources and talent acquisition, he oversaw strategy and execution for TEGNA’s talent acquisition team, in addition to leading a team of human resources professionals supporting television stations in 15 markets.

Prior to TEGNA, Tripp was a human capital performance and change management leader within Accenture’s talent and organization practice in the United States and Europe and has held human resources leadership roles for companies across five industries.

Tripp holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA in finance from Florida A&M University.

"A New Era: Number of Female Politicians Grows In Athens" by Sydney Fordice

I really liked the choices in editing made in this piece.  As a viewer, I walked away with a sense of why the female political leaders felt both a sense of pride and responsibility, their experiences as female leaders in a male-centric career of public service, and what they would like others to take away from what they represent.  The camera angles and use of focus on the subjects also helped provide depth visually to their responses.

"Athens Chaplain Cultivates Conversations Beyond Place, Faiths, and Generations" by Caroline Odom

I love the language choices (direct language) and deliberate intersectionality demonstrated in this story.  The choices in linguistic imagery also did a great job of setting a mental scene for Rev. Topple’s discussion with the women for his roundtable discussion.  The article also does a great job of highlighting what may seem to be a paradox between Protestant faith and concern for the environment and tying in local work in the Athens area. 

"Justin Bray Brings Bright Things To Books For Keeps" by Erin Wasserman

I like how this story was able to accomplish several objectives at once:  (1) Highlight the Books for Keeps organization, (2) share the transition in leadership for the organization, (3) discuss an important topic of the Summer Slide and educational disparities for those who may be socio-economically disadvantaged (which are especially important in this COVID environment).  Video would’ve been a wonderful compliment to this piece but well done to go beyond just highlighting a local non-profit!

"LGBTQ Representation In Government And The Driving Force Behind It" by Vesper Henry

I found this to be both informational and inspirational — two really great walkaways for the audience to have.  Both the introduction and context of the LGBTQ Victory organization, and the description of how laws and politics impact the LGBTQIA+ community was great.  Also, loved the sound from the interviews and the images used in the article.

"Runners Find Safety in Numbers – And Community in Athens" by Eloise Cappelletti

I really like the perspective that this article presented.  At its core, feeling safe while running for fitness or pleasure should be a basic human right.  But this article clearly presents that for women, in Athens in particular, the assumption of that right isn’t widely held and as a result women are creating solutions to create more safety – primarily through groups and community. It would be great to hear more about what local law enforcement believes about the issue and perhaps interventions they are planning and additional counsel they may have beyond the new sophisticated cameras for distracted drivers.  Even without that, I walked away with a better understanding of how this issue impacts the Athens community.


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