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Our mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans through the power of media.


Next Avenue has served over 80 million people on our site and millions more through our platforms and partnerships. Every day, we invite readers to consider what is next, what lies just ahead and what will be revealed in their lives. By exploring questions big and small, we spark action — 95 percent of readers take an action after reading our stories — and open up a world of possibilities.

Next Avenue is unique among today's media:

  • We are part of the PBS system, so you can trust us to deliver nonprofit public media quality.
  • We are journalists and experts passionate about serving our audience.
  • We have built a network of impeccable sources and prestigious partnerships.
  • We’re not here for the bottom line, but to make a difference in the lives of our audience.

Since 2015, Next Avenue has recognized 194 individuals and organizations bringing solutions, innovation, inspiration and big thinking to redefine what it means to grow older in America.  The "Influencers in Aging" annual list celebrates advocates, researchers, thought leaders, writers, educators, experts and everyday people who are breaking new ground on challenges and opportunities for those 50+.  Their selection reflects what's front-of-mind at this moment in time for older generations – the emerging issues and trends – chosen by Next Avenue's experienced editors along with public nominations.

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Our Team

Next Avenue is a nonprofit produced by Twin Cities PBS (TPT) for a national audience. Our journalists are based around the country, so we're able to uncover stories and voices from everywhere.

Julie Pfitzinger
Managing Editor and Senior Editor for Features
Julie has worked as a writer and editor for more than 20 years; her work has appeared in publications including the Star Tribune and Minnesota Parent. For the past several years, she was a managing editor for the community lifestyle magazine group at Tiger Oak Media in Minneapolis, where she also served as writer and editor for Saint Paul Magazine and other Tiger Oak publications. Julie can be reached via email at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @juliepfitzinger.

Mark Stein
Editor - Money & Policy, Work & Purpose
Former staff writer and editor at Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, and The Wall Street Journal / Dow Jones Newswire. Experienced at covering the environment as well as science, business, economics, markets and politics. Member of the team that won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news and co-wrote the book "Understanding the Riots: Los Angeles Before and After the Rodney King Case." Mark can be reached via email at [email protected].

Sabrina Crews
Digital Editor
Sabrina Crews is a digital editor for Next Avenue. She produces Next Avenue's twice-weekly newsletter, writes and copyedits lifestyle articles and helps launch grant-funded content initiatives. In her time with PBS so far, she's interviewed and profiled notable public media personalities like Rick StevesKen Burns and iconic Sesame Street puppeteer Fran Brill (a.k.a. Prairie Dawn). Who should she talk to next?

Emily Skoblik-Diallo
Senior Business Development and Sponsorship Manager

Emily has over 15 years of experience in the cultural nonprofit business sector. Her work has comprised largely of fundraising, marketing, and business development consulting for nonprofits requiring revenue generation or a re-imagining. She holds a Masters in Arts & Cultural Management from St. Mary's University and a Bachelors in Communications and minor in Business from Concordia College, Moorhead.

Jim Pagliarini
Next Avenue Co-Founder and Former President and CEO, Twin Cities PBS
Jim and his colleague Judy Diaz are the founders and creators who brought Next Avenue to life.

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