Teresa Gorman is the Local News Associate in the Public Square Program at the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Focusing on a vibrant media and the public square, Teresa supports the Public Square Program’s mission to invest in innovations and institutions that help people understand and participate in the democratic process. Current grantees of the Public Square Program include the Institute for Nonprofit News, the American Press Institute, and the Engaging News Project.
Teresa joined the Democracy Fund in 2016. Previously, Teresa spent her career working at the intersection of public media, local news, and digital media. At AIR (the Association of Independents in Radio), Teresa was the Supervising Producer for Localore: Finding America, an independent public media production of 15 independent producer-led teams. The teams incubated new storytelling models with communities to tell the story of all of America at public radio and television stations across the U.S. Prior to AIR, Teresa was a digital news specialist with NPR’s training team. Training included a Knight Foundation funded digital news training program that served dozens of NPR local member stations and hundreds of member station staffers. Previously, Teresa was one of PBS NewsHour’s first ever social media editors. She received her BS in Journalism from Boston University.