WorkingNation is increasing its commitment to original journalism on changing workforce and employment demands with the promotion of its first-ever editor-in-chief, Ramona Schindelheim.
Schindelheim, who was previously executive producer and senior business correspondent for WorkingNation, will oversee WorkingNation’s growing team of journalists and all original written content published on WorkingNation.com.
Founded by philanthropist and venture capitalist Art Bilger three years ago, WorkingNation produces a wide range of original written and video documentary journalism dedicated to exposing hard truths about a looming unemployment crisis in the United States and bringing the country together to create and amplify solutions for a changing economy.
“I am beyond thrilled to be named editor-in-chief for WorkingNation,” Schindelheim said. “In its short history, WorkingNation has established itself as an imperative source of original journalism tackling important workforce and employment issues that are woefully under-covered across the country. I can’t wait to get started in this new role.”
“Ramona has proven to be a most invaluable member of the WorkingNation team. She is the perfect person to lead our newsroom as editor-in-chief as we expand our coverage of these important issues and challenges facing the U.S. workforce,” said WorkingNation’s Chief Content and Programming Officer Joan Lynch. “Dating back to my time working with her at ABC News, she has consistently shown to be a leading voice on financial and economic issues.”
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As editor-in-chief, Schindelheim will also be closely involved with WorkingNation’s continuing commitment to hosting and producing live town hall events that tackle important workforce challenges and solutions around the country. On February 26, WorkingNation and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania will co-host a town hall addressing the growing demand for data analytics skills in all fields. “The Future Is Now: Closing the Data Analytics Skills Gap” will focus on how educators and businesses are working together to set curriculums to fill that need, with LinkedIn Co-Founder Allen Blue delivering the keynote address.
Because of its growing recognition as a valuable voice on the issue of the future of work, WorkingNation also has been asked to create and moderate panels at several major conferences. In March, at SxSW EDU in Austin, Lynch will moderate a panel on how data analytics is changing sports, from performance to safety to fan experience. Schindelheim will moderate a panel on the challenges and opportunities of an aging workforce. Joining her on that panel with be WorkingNation President Jane Oates.
WorkingNation has been named a strategic partner at the ASU+GSV 10 X Summit being held in San Diego April 8-10. The team again will host and moderate a panel on skilling older workers in a changing workplace. WorkingNation will also host panels on the critical role storytelling plays in elevating the issue of the increasing skills gap to the level of a national discussion and on “The Last Mile”, an exciting program which teaches soon-to-be-released prison inmates in-demand coding skills and helps place them in jobs after their release. “The Last Mile” will be moderated by WorkingNation Executive Producer of Video Content Melissa Panzer.
In late April, WorkingNation will participate in two panels at the Milken Global Conference 2019, one on the aging workforce and one on the role of workforce development agencies in helping prepare jobseekers with the most needed skills in jobs of the future. WorkingNation team members have appeared on several Milken panels over the past few years.
Schindelheim has previously worked for CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and ABC News as a financial journalist, producer, and senior manager. While serving as Executive Producer for CNBC, she oversaw the content and production of three daily business news shows, produced numerous documentaries, and launched the talk show Conversations with Michael Eisner. Her signature live programming took shows like Power Lunch to dozens of cities around the country, examining the economic conditions and speaking with Fortune 500 CEOs headquartered in the area. Schindelheim led ABC News’s economic and market coverage through such important events as 9/11, the Enron scandal, and the housing market collapse. She also served as an on-air contributor for various ABC News Shows and a business correspondent for ABC News One. At The Wall Street Journal, Schindelheim executive-produced and wrote the newspaper’s first digital documentaries, which included one-on-one interviews with prominent financial leaders and policymakers.
Ramona Schindelheim has won numerous awards, including two EMMYS, two Peabodys, two duPonts, a Gracie, and two Golden Mics for investigative journalism.
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