Michelle Balmeo


Michelle Balmeo, MJE, is currently the adviser to The Whirlwind, a re-emerging news publication at West Albany High School in Albany, Ore. This year, her pioneering students brought back a hundred year old publication reinvented as a news magazine. In second semester, they’ll be adding an online component. Previously, Balmeo spent a decade advising a multi-platform student news publication in Cupertino, Calif. There, she navigated the transition from print-only to converged media, learning a lot in the process.

Balmeo was a 2014 Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser, a 2011 JEA Rising Star, and a 2010 California Journalism Educator of the Year. She also served as a JEA web curriculum leader, authored the design and web chapters of Journalism: Publishing Across Media, and is a contributor to the JEA Digital Media Committee’s blog, jeadigitalmedia.org.