We are pleased to announce the appointment of Zach Mullinax as the World Press Institute’s new Executive Director, effective January 1st, 2024.

With a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur managing the careers of high-profile clients, and as Program Director for the previous two WPI U.S. fellowship programs, Mullinax is poised to hit the ground running and lead WPI into its next chapter of growth and impact.

He will succeed David McDonald, who has played a pivotal role in shaping WPI into the globally recognized organization it is today. Over the past 16 years, his dedication and tireless efforts have been instrumental in developing a vibrant community of journalists, promoting cross-cultural understanding, and advancing our mission of supporting a free press worldwide.

McDonald will now step up and serve as Executive Chair of the WPI Board of Directors, ensuring an even smoother transition for this next chapter of WPI!

Mullinax (third from left) with the 2022 fellows in Washington, D.C.

In addition to staff changes, we have a few Board changes to report. With McDonald stepping into the new Executive Chair role, longtime Board Chair Dan Gahlon will move to one of the Vice Chair seats; Ginny Morris will move from her Vice Chair position to a general Board seat.

Lastly, we’d like to extend a heartfelt welcome to our newest board member, Camilla Bath. Bath is a WPI Fellowship alumna (2014, South Africa) and media trainer who uses her extensive journalistic experience to improve newsrooms and organizations across Africa and Europe.

We are in a truly fortunate position to welcome all of these changes with zero loss of institutional knowledge. We are excited to see what’s in store for WPI in 2024 and beyond!