Next Avenue is public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming older population. Our daily content delivers vital ideas, context and perspectives on issues that matter most as we age.



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


Next Avenue has served over 40 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 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.

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Our Team

Next Avenue is 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.

Jim Pagliarini
President and CEO, Twin Cities PBS
Jim and  his colleague Judy Diaz were the founders and creators who brought Next Avenue to life. Jim is pleased to be on the team harnessing the power of the media to inspire, engage and inform people as they embark on the journey of growing older and wiser.

Shayla Stern
Director of Editorial and Content
Shayla has spent more than 20 years working in digital media journalism and content marketing strategy at organizations including,, and Fast Horse and as a media professor at the University of Minnesota and DePaul University. She has a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa and has published extensive research on social media and gender. Based in St. Paul, Shayla can be reached by email at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @shayla_stern.

Bryce Kirchoff
Director of Audience Development
Bryce comes to Next Avenue with rich experience engaging and developing audiences around all types of media content — from directing social engagement campaigns for Academy Award-winning filmmakers to coaching local PBS station on how to extend the impact of their work. Now based in L.A., he can be reached by email at [email protected].

Richard Eisenberg
Managing Editor and 
Senior Editor of the Money & Security and Work & Purpose Channels
Rich has helped people manage their finances and careers as a writer and editor at major media outlets including Money, Yahoo!, CBS MoneyWatch, USA Today and Good Housekeeping. He has written two books, How to Avoid a Mid-Life Financial Crisis and The Money Book of Personal Finance. He is based in New Jersey and can be reached at 908-456-2089 or by email at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @richeis315.

Emily Gurnon
Senior Editor of the Health & Wellness and Caregiving Channels

Emily has more than 20 years’ experience as a reporter and editor. She spent much of her career in California, working on staff at the San Francisco Examiner and freelancing for the LA Times. More recently, she covered legal affairs for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Since 2014, she has been proud to lead the health and caregiving content channels at Next Avenue. Reach her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyGurnon.

Julie Pfitzinger
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.

Kate Swenson
Senior Manager of Business Development
Kate Swenson has worked with revenue generation and grant management specifically for nonprofit organizations for the past nine years. Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2006. She joined the Next Avenue staff in October 2015. She brings with her a rich knowledge of project management and is excited to use her skills to support Next Avenue efforts through revenue generation, grant management and much more.

Alex Stahlmann
Social Media Specialist
Alex received his bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Composition from Saint John’s University in 2008. Since, he has entertained careers in both management and education, and also turned his local music blog into a small business. His most recent tenure was spent as an integrated marketer at Fast Horse as well as the managing editor of Modern Midwest. Alex can be reached by email at [email protected].

Jill Arrigoni
Digital Product Manager for Next Avenue
Jill brings more than 10 years of experience managing web and mobile app development along with experience in web analytics and user experience design. She is focused on the end users and the overall user experience for digital products at Twin Cities PBS. Jill has a B.S. in Business and a M.S. in Project Management and is a Certified Scrum Master. She is also the Digital Product Manager for Rewire at Twin Cities PBS.

Grace Birnstengel
Associate Editor
Before coming to Next Avenue, Grace was the associate editor at a trade magazine in New York. She graduated from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities with a BA in journalism and minor in gender, women and sexuality studies, and she was the editor-in-chief of the school’s student magazine, The Wake. She volunteers as an editor for the local feminist quarterly, The Riveter Magazine. Reach her by email at [email protected].


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