The Board of Directors for the Press Club of Dallas reflect its same commitment to advocate and defend the free practice of non-partisan and unbiased journalism and its new direction of building a bridge among all the story shapers and makers across North Texas.

Together, this board of current and former journalists have a broad overview of Dallas/Fort Worth communications. Their focus and mission is to support the practice of journalism in all of its forms, protect the rights of reporters, and providing learning opportunities for journalists and communications specialists who all desire to become agents of change in the media.

Your 2014-2015 Board of Directors include:

Niki McCuistion
Niki McCuistionPresident
Niki McCuistion is the Executive Producer/ Producer of the award winning McCuistion television program, an independent production, now in its 25th year with KERA-Dallas. She is the filmmaker for the controversial documentary on terrorism, The Roots of War, the Road to Peace. Her journalism work has taken her to numerous trouble spots- from Iraq to Syria.
Niki was selected as a National Council on US Arab Relations Malone Fellow in 2005 and is an International Peace Federation Ambassador for Peace.

Niki has served in a leadership capacity on numerous nonprofit boards, including the DFW World Affairs Council, and the Association of Fund Raising Executives. She was recently elected chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance, North Texas Chapter.

A prolific blogger, she is also the author /co-author of several business books, including the newly released, The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise. She consults and speaks globally with organizations and their boards on leadership and governance issues. Niki holds several degrees, including an MBA in leadership and governance from the University of Dallas, and an MA in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

Niki has served on the Press Club Board for the last 5 years and was instrumental in the Club’s attaining its nonprofit designation. She is an advocate for the freedom and integrity of the press. She says, “It has been an honor serving on the Press Club board, learning from a distinguished leadership team. I’m committed to continue the Press Club’s legacy and help expand our outreach, build more awareness of our mission and develop an even stronger, more diverse membership base.”

Frank Librio
Frank LibrioVice President
Frank is Vice President of Communications / Marketing Division at the Dallas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (DCVB) working with his team to promote Dallas as a top travel, leisure, and meetings destination in a cosmopolitan city where optimism meets opportunity.
Frank was the Director of the City of Dallas’ Communications / Media Relations and Public Information Office for eight years. In that role, he served as a member of the City’s senior management team providing communications, public affairs and media relations advice and counsel to the City Manager, the Mayor, members of the City Council and Department Directors, and served as the City spokesperson. Frank also served as the Chief of Staff for Dallas Mayor Laura Miller.

Prior to his transition into government communications, Frank was an award-winning broadcast news journalist for 17 years in Dallas, Boston and Hartford, CT. For his work as a news producer and executive producer, he has won dozens of press awards including an Emmy, and numerous Associated Press awards for his reporting and producing.

Frank is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Frank says,” I would be honored to continue serving on the Board of the Press Club of Dallas to help transform the club into an organization relevant to today’s media and public relations landscape – while honoring the club’s long history as a journalistic institution.”

Hugh Aynesworth
Hugh Aynesworth
Hugh Aynesworth has been a journalist for more than 65 years, a member of the Press Club of Dallas since 1960. He has worked at both The Dallas News and Dallas Times Herald — as well as Newsweek, The Washington Times, United Press International, The Arkansas Gazette and ABC News (20/20).
A winner of more than 80 local, state and national awards (including an Emmy last year for a documentary featuring 27 persons connected with the JFK assassination.) he is a former president of the club and onetime president of the Texas chapter of Sigma Delta Chi.

He has been married to Paula Aynesworth, of KERA, for 27 years. She is a former board member of the club.

Cary Broussard
Cary Broussard
Cary Broussard is the principal owner of Broussard Global, a marketing communications company that builds innovative, winning brands through inclusive, cause-related marketing and PR and internal team building.
Well known for creating Wyndham Hotels’ Women On Their Way travel program, and former Chief Staff Officer for the Washington, D.C. – based, Alliance for Women In Media, Cary returned to Dallas last year, and remains an adjunct professor at New York University’s Tisch Center of Hospitality and Tourism.

Cary is a founding member of the Dallas Chapter of Conscious Capitalism and her book, From Cinderella to CEO, How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life, published in ten languages, features advice on a myriad of issues important to today’s global work force.

Cary’s extensive media and communications skill will bring a new level of professionalism to the Press Club and her business contacts will broaden our outreach activities.

Deborah Fleck
Deborah Fleck
Deborah, a journalist with the Dallas Morning News, has a long and varied history as well as extensive experience as a journalist.
She started in journalism as a teleprompter for ABC News in Washington, D.C. She’s worked as a news assistant at the Washington Post as well as the International Herald Tribune in the late 70s and early 80s before moving to Texas in 1982.

Deborah has also worked weekends as weather/obit clerk for the Dallas Times Herald. She started at the Dallas Morning News in 2000, in the suburban bureaus and is now part of Metro. She writes a community column about Irving and the Asian column for the Metro section.

Deborah has agreed to serve on the board to help increase membership. She is committed to attract younger members and broaden and diversify our membership base.

Michael Grant
Michael Grant
Michael is director of marketing and strategic planning of Phillips MediaSource of Dallas, Texas. He is a multi-recipient of the coveted Emmy® award for outstanding achievement in television.
Michael worked for the Belo Corporation of Dallas, Texas, During his 15 years at Belo, he served as president of Belo Productions, developing and producing media content for the Belo TV group and cable networks; vice president of cable news operations, developing 24-hour cable news channels in Belo markets across the United States; vice president and general manager of KGW-TV, the Belo-owned, NBC affiliate of Portland Oregon; and station manager of Belo’s flagship TV station, ABC affiliate WFAA-TV of Dallas, Texas.

In 2000, Michael served as president of Convergence Communications of Dallas; an Internet start-up .He also currently serves as regional vice president of the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). In addition, he is a visiting instructor at the University of North Texas at Denton and Amberton University of Dallas, Texas.

Michael, is director of marketing and strategic planning of Phillips MediaSource of Dallas, Texas, an online and offline marketing, media content development and HD video production company that helps businesses define and improve their marketplace recognition, perception and performance. He serves as a branding strategist, marketing technologist and content curator engaged in media content distribution on TV, satellite and cable networks.

He is looking forward to using his extensive skills to broaden the Press club’s social media and marketing perspectives and taking our outreach to a whole new level.

John “Doc” Strange
John “Doc” Strange
Doc began shooting photos at the age of 15. He has photographed people from music superstars to politicians and has been in the middle of political protests, recording the people and feelings with his camera.
Today, his work is split between shooting events for local and national charities like JDRF and The Boys and Girls Clubs and working on film sets and recording film festivals. In August 1984, he began writing film reviews for the North Dallas Movie Review, an organization he helped found.

He is a partner in Selig Polyscope Company, the re-establishment of a 118-year-old film studio founded in 1896 by Col. William Selig. The company offers world class services such as website development and design, photography, and other digital services. Their blog, Selig Film News, reports on all forms of entertainment with an emphasis on Film and Theater. His photography is displayed on his website, Selig Images.

Shawn Paul Wood
Shawn Paul Wood
Shawn is a lead digital strategist for Ketchum South. He offers more than 20 years as a copywriter, radio host and journalist, PR director, and social media expert to the Board of Directors.
Shawn provides his clients the ability to build a bridge from traditional to digital PR based on an understanding of content strategy, storytelling, and online algorithms for any copy that lives online. His experience can be tracked back to an on-air production job he earned at the number one radio station in Dallas during the early 90s. From there, he became an on-air host, morning and evening show producer, executive producer/copywriter, and national voice-over talent.

Combining his experience in media, as well as going to Seminary, he began working for churches in the field of public relations beginning as Bishop T.D. Jakes first-ever, in-house media relations executive. For a decade both at The Potter’s House and from an international agency, Shawn positioned Bishop Jakes’ thought leadership, business acumen, and authority from the pulpit on both a community/grassroots and an international level, earning him the cover of Time in an article entitled “Is this man the next Billy Graham,” which landed on bookshelves Sept. 11, 2001.

He has represented music moguls and national entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 corporations. Shawn is a national blogger in the PR and advertising industries for the media bistro and Talent Zoo networks. Additionally, he writes for PR News. This summer, his thoughts on the evolution of PR measurement will be featured in a book with the same title, published by PR News.

Shawn is considered an expert on organic SEO because of his knowledge with Google algorithms, search properties, link building strategy, and keyword density; which can be implemented online through content, social, Web, and other documents. He is eager to bring these skills and experience to work for the benefit of the Dallas Press Club.