The NewsGuild staff helps our members build vibrant union organizing campaigns and achieve strong collective bargaining agreements. Some come directly from Guild units; others come with experience in the broader labor movement. They all come to the union’s national staff with a deep commitment to the fight for justice and the future of journalism.
President Jon Schleuss
Jon Schleuss grew up in rural Arkansas reading the morning Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the afternoon Camden News. He found his way into journalism through college radio. He became the online editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at age 21, moving the paper to do more breaking news, use social media and report live election results. In 2013 he joined the Los Angeles Times as a data and graphics journalist, writing and telling innovative stories using computer programming. He taught journalism students how to code at the University of Southern California. He was part of the group that organized the Times in 2018. He ran for president and won in 2019. Jon lives in Washington, D.C.
Executive Vice President Marian Needham
Marian Needham comes to The NewsGuild through the Buffalo local, where she was the administrative officer. She was hired by the national union in 1990, first as director of contract administration, and later, as a sector rep. Marian was elected to a second term as executive vice president in 2019.
Stephanie coordinates new organizing for the NewsGuild-CWA. She’s been with the Guild since 2017, where she constantly seeks to build workers’ power. Before coming to the Guild, she worked as an organizer at the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU-UFCW).
After a decade of work as a labor activist, Kevin joined The NewsGuild in 2019 inspired by the unprecedented organizing momentum of journalists and news media professionals. Although he is based in Chicago, Kevin works across the country providing organizing resources to aid the growth of our movement. He says, “NewsGuild members are clearly building a robust platform not only to advocate for themselves, but also for the communities they serve through their work. As a result, dedicating myself to supporting their organizing efforts is doubly rewarding!”
After a brief stint cycling for a messenger service in San Francisco, Darren joined the NewsGuild in 1984 as a reporter for Bay City News Service. He has worked as a staff rep since 1995. In his spare time, he creates colorful fiberglass animal sculptures.
Sally came to The NewsGuild-CWA in 2017, eager to continue her work for workers’ rights and social justice. She works on communications, with a focus on organizing and the fight for equal pay. Before coming to the Guild, she was an activist member and officer of the Philadelphia Local of the American Postal Workers Union. In 2001 she moved to the Washington DC area to serve as the APWU’s national communications director.
Dominique is a senior technical specialist who has worked at the NewsGuild since 1999 performing a wide variety of administrative duties. She frequently works with global organizations and foreign journalists to help them obtain visas to work in the U.S. Born and raised in France, Dominique is bilingual. She has tolerance and understanding of other cultures and is known for her outstanding proofreading skills.
Raised in a strong union tradition, Malcolm has organized and worked in a variety of organizations and industries around the U.S. Since joining the Guild staff as an organizer in 2015, Malcolm has found it rewarding to build on the inspiring history of the union – helping new members to use collective power in their workplaces and communities.
Before becoming a staff rep, Lou worked as a reporter for the Dayton Daily News for 20 years. During his last 14 years at the paper, Grieco was a union officer, including president for the final seven years. He moved to Detroit in 2013 to become administrative officer of the Newspaper Guild of Detroit. Two years later, he moved to the international staff, where he is assigned to assist locals across the Midwest and South in bargaining, organizing, grievance and administration issues.
Katherine has been a Guild member since 1999, after joining the staff of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. Her first role in the union was shop steward. She held the position of unit chair and executive board member before being elected president and eventually administrative officer of The NewsGuild of Maine.
James is a national organizer leading collective action campaigns and membership growth for NewsGuild affiliates. Before coming to the Guild, Santos worked for the Local 210 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for 20 years, fighting for workers rights and leading the union’s Membership Department. Prior to joining the union movement, Santos worked with traditionally underserved and marginalized communities as the External Affairs Manager for the Bronx District Attorney’s office. The Queens-born advocate says, “Ensuring that everyone has access to the American Dream, by amplifying the voices of workers, low-income communities, minorities, and immigrant Americans is the driving force in my career.”
As a staff representative, Darryl works with local Guild groups to fight for and enforce strong contracts. He first joined the Guild in 2015 while working in the circulation department at the Seattle Times, and served as a steward and local elected officer. Prior to joining the Guild staff, he worked as full-time administrative officer for the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild.
Jay has worked at the Guild since 2007. He performs a wide variety of duties, including processing financial transactions and communications. Prior to coming to the CWA, he was shop steward at Transportation Communications Union. He is currently chief steward for OPEIU Local 2.
TNG International Pension Fund Staff
Scott Bush, Assistant to the Trustees
Nikki Myers, Secretary to TNGIPF