Liberty Tree Initiative - Bios

Kevin Crane

Kevin Crane

Kevin Crane is a native Boone Countian. He graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, School of Law in 1987. Crane was an Assistant Attorney General for three years before taking a job as a Boone County assistant prosecutor in 1990. Crane became Boone County prosecuting attorney in 1993 and held that position until 2006.

Crane is married to Lesley Crane and has four children and two stepchildren. He likes military history, distance running and spending time outdoors. Crane was elected Division III Circuit Judge in 2006, replacing Judge Ellen Roper.

Charles N. Davis

Charles Davis

Charles N. Davis is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and the facilitator of the Media of the Future Initiative for Mizzou Advantage.

Davis’ scholarly research focuses on access to governmental information and media law. He has published in law reviews and scholarly journals on issues ranging from federal and state freedom of information laws to libel law, privacy and broadcast regulation. He has earned a Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in furthering freedom of information and the University of Missouri-Columbia Provost’s Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching, as well as the Faculty-Alumni Award. In 2008, Davis was named the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Teacher of the Year.

Davis has been a primary investigator for a research grant from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation for the National Freedom of Information Coalition and another from the Rockefeller Family Fund for the study of homeland security and freedom of information issues. He was a co-investigator for an award from the U.S. Department of State for a curriculum reform project for Moscow State University in Russia.

Davis worked for newspapers and as a national correspondent for Lafferty Publications, a Dublin-based news wire service for financial publications, Davis reported on banking, e-commerce and regulatory issues for seven years before leaving full-time journalism in 1993. He completed a master’s degree from the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication and earned a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Florida in 1995. He received his bachelor’s degree from North Georgia College.

Davis participates in numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Anne Deaton

Anne Deaton

Anne Deaton is the first lady of the University of Missouri and is also an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Previously, she held several administrative positions at Virginia Tech University and was appointed as director of the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) in 2000, serving through 2004.

Deaton served as deputy director of the Missouri Division of Aging from 1993 until 2000, providing leadership for a staff of 460 employees who worked to provide case management and in-home, long-term services to elderly persons with disabilities.

Deaton graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a doctorate from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg.

Chancellor Brady J. Deaton

Brady Deaton

Chancellor Brady J. Deaton became the 21st chief executive officer of the University of Missouri on Oct. 4, 2004. With many years of service to MU and experience in public higher education, Dr. Deaton brings an international perspective, a record of national leadership, and a strong devotion to Mizzou to his position.

Dr. Deaton began his journey in higher education as a student at the University of Kentucky, where he graduated with a degree in agricultural economics in 1966. Growing up as the second of nine children of a hard-working farm family in Kentucky and furthered by his participation in 4-H, he developed a love of the land and a desire to study agriculture. His dedication deepened during a two-year tour as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nan, Thailand, from 1962 to 1964, where he taught vocational agriculture in the Thai language.

After receiving his bachelor's degree, Dr. Deaton pursued a master of arts in diplomacy and international commerce at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 1968. He went on to the University of Wisconsin where he earned a master of science in 1970 and a doctorate in 1972 in agricultural economics.

Moving from the student to the faculty ranks, Dr. Deaton spent the next six years as an assistant and associate professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology at the University of Tennessee. During this time at Tennessee, he was appointed as staff director of the Special Task Force on Food for Peace for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. In 1978, Dr. Deaton took a professorship position at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the Department of Agricultural Economics, where he also served as coordinator of the rural development research and extension program.

Dr. Deaton spent 12 years at Virginia Tech, the last four as associate director of the Office for International Development. In March 1989, he joined the University of Missouri as professor and chair in the Agricultural Economics Department and as Social Science Unit leader. He transitioned from faculty to administration in December 1993, when he was appointed chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor. He became deputy chancellor in 1997.

In January 1998, Dr. Deaton was appointed interim provost and was named to the permanent position in October of that year. His duties were expanded in 2001 when he also became the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. A strong proponent of the university's role on the global stage, Dr. Deaton was instrumental as the sponsor of the Big 12 Provosts' delegation to the European Union.

Dr. Deaton holds leadership roles in many university, community and national organizations. In 2011 President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Deaton chairman of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. Dr. Deaton chairs the Missouri Council on Public Higher Education (COPHE), a member-based organization of presidents and chancellors of the state’s public four-year institutions. He served as chair of the Academic Affairs Council of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), participates in advisory roles with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and maintains active membership in the American and International Agricultural Economics Associations.

Jay Fialkov

Jay Fialkov

Jay Fialkov is Deputy General Counsel at WGBH, Boston's public broadcaster and the leading producer of public television programs (including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece, Arthur, and Curious George).  He also is a Professor at Berklee College of Music where he teaches courses on legal aspects of the music business.

Before joining WGBH in 1995, Mr. Fialkov was a Boston-based entertainment lawyer whose clients included the music group Phish, Maurice Starr (manager and producer of New Kids on the Block), Mark Wahlberg, George Thorogood, Rounder Records and Rykodisc. Mr. Fialkov also was a founder and owner of the Giant/Rockville record labels that released albums by the critically acclaimed rock group Uncle Tupelo, whose offshoots include Wilco and Son Volt.

Mr. Fialkov received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Clark University in 1977. He is a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Fialkov served as Law Clerk to the Honorable David A. Rose of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. From 1982 through 1986, Mr. Fialkov was an Associate at the Boston law firm Widett, Slater & Goldman. Mr. Fialkov had a solo law practice from 1986 until 1990 while he also managed the Rockville record label and Capital Records' recording artist The Cavedogs. From 1990 until 1995 Mr. Fialkov was Of Counsel to the Boston law firm Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks.

Mr. Fialkov has spoken about copyright and entertainment law matters at numerous law schools, seminars and conferences, including panels sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Boston Bar Association, and the Copyright Law Society.  He has coached youth and high school basketball for more than twenty years, and was the coach of the Northeast Boys 9th/10th Grade Basketball Team that won the gold medal in the 2005 Bay State Games (the Massachusetts “Olympics”).

Steve Grove, Head of Community Partnerships, Google+

Steve Grove

Steve leads Google’s efforts to grow the Google+ community through partnerships with influential organizations, media companies, brands, and public figures. Before coming to Google+, Steve built the news and politics division of YouTube. Starting in 2008, he developed YouTube's political platform, which brought presidential and congressional candidates to YouTube; he then launched the award-winning CNN/YouTube Debates, the first-ever web-to-TV political debates in which candidates answered questions submitted on YouTube. He created partnerships with news organizations, developing products like YouTube Direct ( that allow news organizations to access YouTube's vast market of citizen-generated news clips, and he built CitizenTube, a channel on YouTube that curates and promotes citizen-generated news clips from breaking news events like the Arab Spring. Grove also started YouTube's nonprofit program, which allows charity organizations to harness YouTube for their causes, and he brought the U.S. government to YouTube.

In February 2010, Grove launched the first-ever social media interview with President Obama, posing user-submitted questions to the President - a format YouTube repeated in 2011, and has since scaled to world leaders globally. In February of 2012, Grove expanded this format to a Google+ Hangout interview with the President, which he moderated with 6 U.S. citizens who joined for a first-of-its kind virtual town hall viewed by millions.

Originally from Northfield, Minnesota, Grove worked at The Boston Globe and ABC News prior to joining YouTube. He received a Master's in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2006. In December 2007, Newsweek named Grove one of its "12 people to watch", and in June 2009, Campaigns & Elections magazine listed him as one of the "Rising Stars of 2009". He is a Truman National Security Fellow, and serves on the Advisory Board of Witness, a video human rights organization.

Jeff Hermes

Jeff Hermes

Jeff Hermes is the Director of the Digital Media Law Project and a Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1997. Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Jeff assisted a wide array of clients in First Amendment, media, intellectual property and Internet law issues as a partner in the litigation practice of Brown Rudnick LLP and later as counsel to Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor & Spearing, P.C. in Boston. Over the last fourteen years, Jeff has represented an international media network and its subsidiaries, major metropolitan newspapers, local broadcasters on television and radio, Internet-based publishers and social media networks. He has written for numerous publications and spoken at a wide array of events on media law issues, including extensive collaboration with the Media Law Resource Center. Jeff received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1994.

Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill is a nine time Emmy award winning reporter and interactive anchor at KOMU-TV 8, the broadcast lab for the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the J School.  Sarah was the first newscaster to use a Google Plus Hangout in a Television broadcast and continues to use daily Hangouts to make a face to face connections with viewers from around the world.  

Sarah started her career in radio in the early 90's, covering the city beat in Springfield, MO. She came to KOMU in 2000. Here, she reports a weekly feature franchise called "Sarah's Stories", anchors U_News @ 4 #sarahhill, and helps students hone their storytelling skills. Sarah was the first journalist to use a Google Plus Hangout in a television newscast and continues to host her 4pm newscast with a live, 10- seat worldwide cyber couch. She also produces a weekly segment called "Your View", which seeks to educate viewers about decision making in local news.

Sarah has a 1993 Bachelor of Journalism degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. In addition, she's won numerous awards including a 2009 National Edward R. Murrow Award, a 2008 National Sigma Delta Chi, nine Emmys from the Mid-America Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences and nine regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Sarah's reporting has taken her around the world. She's covered the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and Indonesia and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. In 2007, Sarah traveled to Vietnam for a documentary, "Mercy in Motion." Most recently, she traveled to Central America for "The Culture that Crawls," a documentary in Guatemala about people who have to crawl on the ground because they have no other source of mobility.

David L. Hudson Jr.

David Hudson

David L. Hudson Jr. is a scholar at the First Amendment Center. Hudson writes for and for other publications devoted to First Amendment issues. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 books, including several on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Constitution and student rights.

He is a First Amendment contributing editor for the American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases. Hudson graduated from Duke University in 1990 and obtained a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1994. He teaches First Amendment classes at Nashville School of Law and Vanderbilt University Law School. He also teaches at Middle Tennessee State University.

Hudson also is interviewed frequently about First Amendment issues, speaking recently to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh and the Student Press Law Center.

Carlos Miller

Carols Miller

Carlos Miller is a Miami multimedia journalist who has been arrested three times for recording cops in public.

He’s beaten two of those cases, including a resisting arrest conviction that he had reversed on appeal pro se (meaning without a lawyer).

And he's in the process of fighting a third arrest in which police deleted his video of the arrest that he managed to recover.

And he’s documented some of the most absurd cases against photographers over the last few years.

Since launching Photography is Not a Crime in 2007, Miller and/or his blog has been mentioned in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR's Talk of the Nation, ABC News, Fox News, HD Net World Report, Chicago Sun-Times, NBC Washington, The Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami New Times, The Daily Record (NJ), BoingBoing and Playboy Magazine.

In March 2010, PINAC won the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best of Blog Award for "Best Overall Blog," beating almost 200 other local blogs.

He has also been interviewed by countless radio stations and been asked to speak in front of classes and on panels where he shares his expertise on First Amendment rights in the digital age.

Robert M. O'Neil, Professor of Law Emeritus, Virginia School of Law

Robert O'Neil

Robert O'Neil, former director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and an authority on the First Amendment, teaches constitutional law of free speech and the press, and church and state. He came to Virginia in 1985 to become the University of Virginia's sixth president, a position he held until 1990.

After his law school graduation, O'Neil clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. In 1963 he began his law faculty career, first as a teacher at the University of California-Berkeley and then as a teacher-administrator. His posts included provost of the University of Cincinnati, vice-president of Indiana University, and president of the statewide University of Wisconsin system.

O'Neil has served as the president of the Virginia Council for Open Government, chairman of the Council for America's First Freedom, director of the Commonwealth Fund and the James River Corporation, and chair of the American Association of University Professors Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. He is currently director of the Ford Foundation's Difficult Dialogues program, chair of the American Association of University Professors' Special Committee on Academic Freedom and National Security in Time of Crisis, and is a consultant to the Association of Governing Boards on issues of Board Accountability. He has served as a trustee for the Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association (TIAA), WVPT Public Television, and the Piedmont Council for the Arts.

From 1979-95 O'Neil served as a trustee for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has also chaired the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, a commission on the future of Virginia's judicial system, and a commission of the Markle Foundation on media coverage of presidential elections.

Jane Park, Communications Manager

Jane Park

In addition to managing communications for CC, Jane works closely with creators, institutions, and companies, cultivating stories that exhibit the social and commercial value of CC licenses to different communities. A California native, she has a degree in Philosophy and Creative Writing from UC Berkeley, where she also worked with the National Writing Project and AmeriCorps, Destination College. She is a founding volunteer of the Peer 2 Peer University and has designed and facilitated two courses on creative nonfiction writing, an addition to leading kick-off efforts for a School of Open. She lives in New York.

Jen Reeves

Jen Reeves

Jen Reeves spent seven years producing newscasts in newsrooms including KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, Calif., KSBW-TV in Salinas, Calif., and WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich. She started her teaching career as executive producer at KOMU-TV at the Missouri School of Journalism.

After using technology to change the structure, organization and workflow of the KOMU-TV newsroom, Reeves became interested in the many other ways newsrooms can use technology. She now works as KOMU-TV’s new media manager and leads the ongoing developments at She is working on finding ways to expand traditional media by using non-traditional media delivery sources (podcasting, vodcasting and other on-demand and push technologies that can deliver content).

Reeves graduated with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She also earned a master’s in management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Andy Sellars

Andy Sellars

Andy Sellars is a staff attorney with the Digital Media Law Project and a Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Andy received his J.D. with high honors from the George Washington University Law School in 2011, where he was awarded the Peter D. Rosenberg Award for Patent and Intellectual Property Law. He also received the 2011 Jan Jancin Award for excellence in the study of intellectual property issues.  During Law School, Andy worked as a summer intern at the Berkman Center's Cyberlaw Clinic, advising clients on a wide variety of copyright, media law, and online publication matters.  Prior to law school, Andy worked in the music industry, including for the festival production and promotion company Great Northeast Productions and as assistant tour manager and stage manager for the band moe. He received his undergraduate degree in music, summa cum laude, from Northeastern University in 2008, where he interned at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (now part of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston).

Rick Shaw

Rick Shaw

Rick Shaw is director of Pictures of the Year International, the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world.

POYi’s primary mission is to promote the work of photojournalists and foster professional development as a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Shaw oversees the program’s 69-year competition, coordinates worldwide exhibitions, cultivates the POYi Archive, and has launched new initiatives such as the Emerging Vision Incentive, the Multimedia Vision symposium, and the POYi Latin America contest.

Shaw joined the University of Missouri in 2004 as an assistant professor in the photojournalism sequence, teaching photo editing and management and serving as the director of photography for The Missourian, the student-produced daily city newspaper.

Shaw's prior newspaper career spans 27 years in visual editing and management. He began as a photojournalist and moved into photo editing, working for newspapers such as The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and The Sacramento Bee for 12 years. At The Bee, he served in a variety of roles including photo editor, assistant director of photography, and an assistant news editor. He was named director of photography and graphics at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, and in 2001 joined the Hartford Courant as its director of design and graphics.

He has been recognized with several design and picture editing awards, including “Picture Editor of the Year” in POYi and NPPA competitions. In 1991, Shaw was part of the editing team for The Sacramento Bee that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, responsible for both the photo editing and page design for the series, “The Sierra in Peril.” The Sacramento Bee and Hartford Courant both have won the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award.

As faculty for The Missourian, Shaw directed the student photo editing staff to two consecutive POYi photo editing portfolio awards, competing against professional newspapers nationwide — a Third Place Editing Portfolio during the 64th annual competition in 2007, and an Award of Excellence Editing Portfolio in 2006.

In 2006, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute named Shaw director of POYi. He continues as an adjunct faculty member in the photojournalism sequence at the Missouri School of Journalism, teaching visual editing for online multimedia.

Shaw holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism, specializing in online visual journalism. His thesis research examined how Web-based news organizations’ visual character, or visual personality, affects audience perceptions of credibility.