My Experience

Welcome, my name is Alison Bethel McKenzie. I have more than 30 years of experience as an award-winning reporter, bureau chief, senior editor and media trainer. I have worked in senior-level positions at The Boston Globe, the Detroit News, Legal Times and the Nassau Guardian in The Bahamas as managing director.

How I've Helped:

I spent a year in Accra, Ghana, for the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists, as a Knight International Journalism Fellow, helping Ghanaian journalists improve their reporting skills in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election.


What I've Accomplished:

In August 2009, I joined the International Press Institute (IPI), based in Vienna, Austria, as deputy director before becoming the institute’s Executive Director a year later. In my leadership role at IPI, I raised more than 1.4 million Euros for the organization, expanded its digital footprint and diversified its membership and board of directors, among numerous other achievements. I am proud to be the first woman and the first person of color in IPI’s 64+-year history to hold the position.


Where I've Been:

I have also worked at The Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Times, Poughkeepsie Journal and the now-defunct State Times in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

My Recent Experience:

Executive Director of the Society of Professional Journalists

I recently served as a visiting professor of print and investigative journalism for the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media in Bangalore, India for the 2016-2017 academic year. I also write a weekly lifestyle column for the South Florida Times, am a co-founder and vice president of the board of directors for Caribbean Media Institute and act as an advisor/consultant for the antillean.org news website in Barbados.

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My Board Experience:

I am former board member of AlJazeera America (N.Y) and am a member and former board member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Where I'm From:

I am a native of Miami, Florida (U.S.A.).


My Resume:

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