About the Hogan-Newton Fund

The Hogan-Newton Fund at the Miami Foundation helps young journalists realize their true potential. It is named for Mary Ann Hogan and Eric Newton, who over five decades taught and trained future generations of journalists.

The late Mary Ann Hogan was an award-winning journalist and teacher whose credits included the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, and Mother Jones. She specialized in personal essays, and for six years was syndicated by the Los Angeles Times. She taught writing nationally through the American Press Institute and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and was a newsroom writing coach at the South Florida Sun Sentinel and for the Freedom Forum's Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism. She taught journalism or writing at San Francisco State University, Palm Beach State College, and at Florida Atlantic University, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction. Returning to her childhood home in Mill Valley before she died in 2019 of lymphoma, she wrote a community column for the Marin Independent Journal.

Her husband, Eric Newton, is a writer and consultant on all things journalism, based in Marin County, California. From 1977 to 2015, he edited Northern California newspapers, including the Oakland Tribune, developed the content for the original Newseum in Rosslyn, Virginia, built the journalism program at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami Florida and was Innovation Chief of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Donors to the Hogan-Newton Fund include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the InAsMuch Foundation, philanthropists, leading journalists and young journalists themselves. Most of the fund’s grants go to the Bay City News Foundation to “turbo-charge” its intern program. Their stories are distributed by Bay City News, a regional news service for newsrooms throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area. The fund also supports San Francisco State University’s Journalism Department, where Eric went to school and Mary Ann taught. Inquiries about the Hogan-Newton Fund can be directed to ericnewton11@gmail.com.

Portrait of Mary Ann Hogan, Photo by Mush Emmons
Mary Ann Hogan
Portrait of Eric Newton, Photo by Mush Emmons
Eric Newton
Photos by Mush Emmons