Cristal Balis

Senior leader

Cristal Balis

Degree(s): BJ ’92

What do you do?

I am a senior leader at The Emancipator, a nonprofit newsroom that drives crucial conversations on race and racism.

How did you get your job?

Hard work, timing, persistence and dumb luck

What is the best professional lesson you learned at the J-School?

Don’t let anyone or anything throw you off your track.

What advice do you have for current students?

Be ambitious and speak your mind!

What is your favorite J-School memory?

Unwinding at Shakespeare’s

Updated: February 22, 2024