Ann Grimes, Professor

Ann Grimes currently serves as Lorry I. Lokey Professor of the Practice and teaches classes in technology reporting, digital media and entrepreneurship. She also serves as the Associate Director and an affiliated faculty member of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation in the School of Engineering. In addition, she is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford Medical School, and the Program in Science Technology and Society in the School of Humanities & Sciences.

Grimes is a former staff writer and editor for The Wall Street Journal where she covered technology and business. As Deputy Bureau Chief in San Francisco, she oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of Silicon Valley during the 1990′s dot-com boom and bust. While at Dow Jones & Co., she also worked on developing new media strategy. Earlier, Grimes was on the editorial staff of The Washington Post. As the Deputy National Editor responsible for coverage of the federal government, she ran a national news section that covered the political spectrum. Starting out, she wrote about social issues for The Chicago Reporter and contributed regularly to The New York Times.

Grimes is the author of Running Mates, a book about the 1988 presidential campaign published by William Morrow & Co. and a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. She is the recipient of several journalism awards including the Society of Professional Journalist’s Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, the Education Writers Association National Award, the Jacob Scher Award and two Chicago Newspaper Guild Awards.

Grimes has taught at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and an Humanities from the University of Chicago. She was a 1997-1998 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford.

Peter Johnson, Stanford Journalism Program researcher

Peter Johnson is an senior undergraduate at Stanford studying Communication. His interests are in investigative and long-form journalism. Prior to Stanford, Peter was an editor and founder of his high school's award-winning sports magazine. He spent the 2012-13 year traveling and doing community service in Nicaragua, Peru and India. Peter grew up in Palo Alto.

Mark Braude, Lecturer, Dept of History

Mark Braude is a cultural and urban historian of Modern Europe. His first book, Making Monte Carlo: A History of Spectacle and Speculation, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. In 2013 he earned his PhD in Modern European History, along with a graduate certificate in Visual Studies, from the University of Southern California. He also holds a Masters in French Studies from New York University’s Institute of French Studies. Mark is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Humanities + Design at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), and will begin lecturing full-time in 2015, teaching courses on the history of modern Paris; cafés, culture, and crisis in late-nineteenth-century Europe; representations of the Great War; and the influence of cars and other advances in transportation technology in twentieth-century Europe.

Jon Summers, Consultant

Jon Summers is an automotive historian, researcher and consultant. A Roman Historian by training, Jon is embedded in the concours and museum communities, serving as a VIP/Sponsor show field tour guide, judge or M/C at various concours, including Pebble Beach. Highly engaged with the museum community, Jon interned at the National Motor Museum in England, has been a Docent at the Blackhawk Museum in California for nearly a decade and has advised the newly re-opened Petersen Museum. As a committed story teller, Jon is an autoblogger, new car road tester, and has television / film production experience, both in front of camera, appearing on both National Geographic and Discovery Channels, and as a producer/writer for the acclaimed Mullin Automotive Museum. Jon's work emphasizes the breadth of the motoring world, and displays a deep love of the motoring experience as an expression of freedom and independence: Valentino Rossi, motorcycle racer extraordinaire, famously said “For me, the line is a poem” - Jon takes that a step further – for him, the open road and a willing machine is the poem.

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Michael Sturtz, Lecturer, Project Director

Michael Sturtz is Project Director of ReDesigning Theater at Stanford's and holds a teaching position in Mechanical Engineering Design. After earning his BFA from Alfred University School of Art & Design and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Michael found success as a sculptor, designer, teacher and entrepreneur respected for his ability to manifest cross-disciplinary projects that challenge the status quo and push creative boundaries. In 1999, Michael founded The Crucible, an art school that encourages a truly non-competitive learning environment and led it to become the nation’s largest nonprofit industrial arts education facility. After twelve years at the helm, he retired from The Crucible to seek out new creative challenges. Michael set the diesel motorcycle world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt flats using B100 biodiesel. A long time custom vehicle builder and enthusiast, Michael brings a unique approach to transportation design and the creative process. Understanding Superfans and Their Heroes