Our Advisory Board

Members of the advisory board provide strategic advice to NewsGuard. They play no role in the determinations of ratings or the Nutrition Label write ups of websites unless otherwise noted.

  • Don Baer, chairman of Burson, Cohn & Wolfe and former White House Communications Director (Clinton administration)
  • John Battelle, co-founding editor of Wired and founding chief executive of Industry Standard magazines
  • (Ret.) General Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA, former Director of the National Security Agency and former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (George W. Bush administration)
  • Elise Jordan, political analyst, NBC, and former speechwriter for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
  • Jessica Lessin, founder and editor-in-chief of The Information.
  • Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark, former secretary general of NATO and founder of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation
  • Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security (George W. Bush administration)
  • Richard Sambrook, director of the Center for Journalism at Cardiff University, former Director of Global News for the BBC. (Sambrook provides editing and editorial guidance for NewsGuard’s UK Nutrition Labels.)
  • Richard Stengel, former editor of Time magazine and Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy (Obama administration)
  • Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia