Josh Stearns, Director of Journalism and Sustainability

Email: jstearns(at)grdodge(dot)org
Phone: 973-695-1187
Twitter: @jcstearns

Josh directs the Foundation’s journalism sustainability project, designed to develop new structures and strategies to support a robust future of news. In this role, he works with journalists and newsrooms in New Jersey and New York to communicate their mission, expand their impact, and engage their communities.

Prior to joining the Dodge staff, Josh spent 7 years running national advocacy campaigns in support of freedom of expression and media diversity. Most recently he served as Press Freedom Director at Free Press, a national nonprofit fighting for all people’s rights to connect and communicate. Josh is an award winning journalist and the author of numerous reports on local news, public media and media policy.  His articles have appeared online at the Columbia Journalism Review, PBS MediaShift, Orion Magazine and BoingBoing.

He is a founding board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation and served for almost 10 years on the board of the Student Conservation Association.  

Josh has a B.A. in Writing from St. Lawrence University and a M.A. in American Studies from UMass Amherst. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his family and is an avid photographer with a love of the outdoors and dark coffee.