Elisa Tinsley

Deputy Vice President, Programs

Tinsley helps to oversee the development and execution of ICFJ programs. Previously, she was director of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships, ICFJ’s flagship program.

Before joining ICFJ, she was world editor at USA Today. She oversaw the expansion of USA Today’s international bureaus and the newspaper’s coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She also developed the newspaper’s network of international freelance reporters and helped conceive and administer the safety policy for journalists working in war zones.

Prior to joining USA Today in 1988, Tinsley was a Moscow-based reporter. Beginning in 1984, she worked for United Press International and was a freelance reporter for Time, Newsweek, ABC Radio, USA Today and Advertising Age.

A native of Chicago, Tinsley has a B.A. in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned an M.A. in English literature from the University of Chicago. She is proficient in Russian and Spanish.

Geographic Specialties: 

Former Soviet Union, Middle East

Areas of Expertise: 

Global economics and politics, international journalism, media management, safe coverage in conflict areas