The Impact Award honors a trailblazing individual whose work in digital journalism and dedication to innovation exhibits a substantial impact on the industry. The ONA Board of Directors selects honorees regardless of their tenure in journalism.
S. Mitra Kalita is a veteran journalist, media executive, prolific commentator and author of two books. Recently, she launched Epicenter-NYC, a newsletter to help New Yorkers get through the pandemic. Mitra has also recently co-founded a new media company called URL Media, a network of Black and Brown owned media organizations that share content, distribution and revenues to increase their long-term sustainability. She’s on the board of the Philadelphia Inquirer and writes a weekly column for TIME Magazine. Mitra was most recently SVP at CNN Digital, overseeing the national news, breaking news, programming, opinion and features teams.