Spencer also served as director of strategic partnerships at NBC for MSNBC.com, leading the direction of the MSNBC.com website and the coordination of the newsrooms of NBC News in New York and MSNBC’s newsroom on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, WA. Jim began his online career as GM of New Media at Multimedia, Inc. Prior to graduate school, Jim represented and distributed motion pictures including Academy Award-winning movies, foreign films and U.S. independent cinema. Jim earned his M.A. in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and his B.F.A. from New York University’s Film School.
Jim Flink, vice president of news operations, joined the company after serving as news anchor and reporter for KMBC-TV (Hearst) in Kansas City for 15 years. His work has been featured on "Larry King Live," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," CNN, BBC, NBC-Mutual Radio and the Korean Broadcasting System. While at KMBC-TV, Jim received a regional Emmy Award for spot news coverage, and he anchored the newscast that won both the national Edward R. Murrow Award and the top national honor from Sigma Delta Chi.
In addition to his 20 years of domestic news coverage, Flink has also worked overseas, for the Korean Broadcasting System, with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with journalists in developing countries, and teaching peers and students in the Philippines. More recently, he served as an adjunct professor at UMKC, Park and Avila Universities. Jim received his B.A. in Political Science from Westminster College, and his M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Alexandra Wharton, vice president of marketing and community, has helped develop Internet marketing practices for the past 13 years. Her career began at The Well, the world’s earliest online community; she later joined the first interactive public relations practice at Cybernautics. At USWeb/CKS and MarchFirst, Alexandra delivered online audience development solutions for Apple, Levi’s, and American Airlines.
Wharton created thought leadership projects with Capgemini and Accenture for marketing executives at Fortune 500 companies at Montgomery Research. Most recently, Alexandra covered interactive marketing as senior reporter for Revenue magazine. She graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in English.