Next Avenue is a nonprofit, digital journalism publication produced by Twin Cities PBS (TPT). As public media's first and only national publication for older adults, we are dedicated to covering the issues that matter most as we age.
Mission and Impact
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.
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.
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.
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].
Editor - Health and Caregiving
Ximena has worked as a journalist, writer, and editor for more than 14 years. A former professional dancer, she received her master's degree in communication and journalism, emphasizing well-being and health communication research, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Her work has appeared in US and Latin American publications, including Byrdie, mindbodygreen, necessité, Bienestar Fit, Yoga International, and At The Well Project. Ximena can be reached at [email protected] or Instagram @xime.arayafischel.
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 Steves, Ken Burns and iconic Sesame Street puppeteer Fran Brill (a.k.a. Prairie Dawn). Who should she talk to next?
Sr. Manager, Digital Strategy & Business Development
Emily has over 20 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.
Megan Germundson is an audience editor at Next Avenue.
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.
Since 2015, Next Avenue has recognized advocates, researchers, writers, educators and everyday people who are breaking ground and redefining what it means to grow older in America. Our annual "Influencers in Aging" list reflects the emerging issues and trends impacting older generations, and celebrates the people and organizations working to improve how we age.
Next Avenue relies on sponsorships to support our service. We seek out businesses and organizations that share our mission and are looking to reach a passionate and engaged public media audience. Sixty percent of Next Avenue readers say they have a more positive view of a company that supports the site. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected].
We also accept individual donations from our readers. Click here to support our work. Thank you.