Jan Ross P. Sakian is a multimedia professional focused on strategic planning, project management and skills-based training in the non-profit media space. Prior to the American Press Institute, she was a founding contributor to The Texas Newsroom, a collection of public radio stations in Texas and the first regional hub launched in NPR’s Collaborative Journalism Network. Serving in both editorial and coordinating capacities, she specialized in the curation of professional development opportunities, standards & practices and collaborative initiatives.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sakian launched and managed a number of news products serving the South Texas area. She was also a coordinating producer on award-winning coverage of statewide breaking news events, including the Sutherland Springs and El Paso shootings.

Sakian was a 2019 Gwen Ifill Fellow, and is an alum of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change (2014), NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project (2016), and The Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media (2020.) She studied at The School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is based in San Antonio and outside of work she enjoys live music, podcasts and traveling.