USA Today editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll joins ASU Media Enterprise

Pulitzer Prize board member to lead local journalism initiative

May 1, 2023

USA Today editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll is joining the ASU Media Enterprise on May 1 as executive director of a new initiative focused on reimagining local journalism.

As the head of the initiative, Carroll will work with Arizona State University's Media Enterprise team, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and other university departments to develop new strategies for reporting on local communities, as well as innovations and business models to help local news operations thrive. Carroll brings more than three decades of journalism experience and a track record of success in leading newsrooms at some of the nation's top publications. Headshot of Nicole Carroll. Nicole Carroll Download Full Image

"Nicole is a true champion of democracy and a leader in our industry. We are thrilled to welcome her to the ASU Media Enterprise," said Mi-Ai Parrish, managing director of the enterprise. "Her passion for high-quality, community-focused journalism aligns perfectly with our mission, and we look forward to working with her to create impactful and innovative reporting that serves our communities."

ASU Media Enterprise is a nonprofit, nonpartisan collection of media outlets that empowers, engages and educates. The organization’s public service mission seeks to share stories that enlighten and enrich communities and focus on topics ranging from science and technology to the arts and social change. 

As editor of The Arizona Republic, where she spent almost 20 years, Carroll led a project on the proposed U.S. border wall that won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize. In addition, she led breaking news coverage recognized as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012 and 2014. Carroll was named editor-in-chief at USA Today in 2018. That same year, she was named the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation.

USA Today and The Arizona Republic are owned by Gannett, Co., for which Carroll also served as president of news. Her departure from USA Today was announced on April 17.

Carroll also will be a professor of practice at the Cronkite School. She is an alumna of the school and an inductee to its Hall of Fame.  

“Cronkite Nation is proud of Nicole’s many career accomplishments," said Battinto Batts Jr., dean and professor of the Cronkite School. "We are excited to welcome Nicole back to the university and look forward to her contributions.”

A member of the Pulitzer Prize board and a four-time juror of the prestigious journalism prize, Carroll said ASU's dedication to excellence, community and global engagement drew her to the new role.

“We must create and embrace disruptive solutions to engage and empower people with the news and information they need to strengthen our communities and democracy,” Carroll said. “I’m thrilled to take on this work with ASU, renowned for its innovation and commitment to developing solutions to the biggest challenges of our times.”

Suzanne Wilson

Sr. Media Relations Officer, ASU Media Enterprise


ASU, Phoenix art museums showcase Cuban art

Collaboration spotlights artists working in humanitarian crises, social upheavals

May 1, 2023

Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University Art Museum will co-present “Lo que es, es lo que ha sido/What It Is, Is What Has Been: Selections from ASU Art Museum's Cuban Art Collection” this spring.

This is the first major curatorial collaboration between the two institutions in over a decade. The exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum navigates the expressivity of human experience in times of crises and upheaval.  Jacqueline Brito Jorge, Adaptaciones (pies), 1996. Acrylic on canvas with shells and fish fins. Jacqueline Brito Jorge, Adaptaciones (pies), 1996. Acrylic on canvas with shells and fish fins. Collection of ASU Art Museum. Gift of the artist. Photo by Craig Smith Download Full Image

“Lo que es, es lo que ha sido/ What It Is, Is What Has Been" is curated by Olga Viso, curator-at-large at PhxArt and senior advisor at ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and Julio César Morales, executive director and co-chief curator of Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson. 

The ASU Art Museum's Cuban contemporary art collection was launched by Marilyn A. Zeitlin in 1998 and focused on artists from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s. Zeitlin was appointed director and chief curator in 1992. She led the ASU Art Museum over a period of 15 years.

As a curator of contemporary art, Zeitlin committed to supporting Latino and Latin American artists and experimental art forms like video art, installations and new media. During that same year, eight museums across the country hosted the groundbreaking exhibition "Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island." 

The new exhibition draws from the contemporary Cuban art collection at the ASU Art Museum to provide deeper context to PhxArt’s simultaneous presentation of the special-engagement exhibition "Juan Francisco Elso: Por América," the first retrospective in more than 30 years of the late Cuban artist and a project organized by El Museo del Barrio in New York City, according to a press release from PhxArt. 

The museums will also co-partner to present community programs designed to engage visitors with these dynamic artworks and bring greater visibility to the complex histories of migration in Cuba and Mexico. 

“ASU Art Museum has a 25-year history of highlighting the work, voices and perspectives of Cuban artists,” said Miki Garcia, director of the ASU Art Museum. “Our partnership with Phoenix Art Museum is a great opportunity to deepen our connection with the community.

"The artists in these exhibitions demonstrate how Cuban artists created a new visual culture — one that challenged the Soviet-era preference for art imbued with a political agenda and censorship. Cuban artists of the ’80s and ’90s experimented with both the materials they used and the messages they crafted. We see a mixture of conceptual art, folkloric themes and institutional critiques that simultaneously shaped the new culture and served as a space to process the impact Communist ideologies had on artists’ sense of personal and communal identity.”

“Through this collaboration with the ASU Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum has the opportunity to bring works by Cuban artists from ASU’s incredible collection to our galleries while partnering on a series of public programs to better understand the complexity of issues surrounding exile faced by Cuban artists,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, the Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum. “These exhibitions present a distinctive look at the impact of a singular artist and his place in art history, as well as how the Phoenix community has embraced and supported artists whose voices and artistic practices have been challenged by political establishments.”

As part of both museums' efforts to showcase Cuban art, ASU Art Museum will display the “Cuba Print Portfolio,'' which consists of 11 prints, including work that reflects various views of the revolution and the realities of life in Cuba under the United States' embargo.

Also on display from May 8 to July 31 will be “Methuselah,” a digital artwork that virtually reproduces the 6,000-mile transnational migratory journey of a single monarch butterfly. These are in conjunction with the exhibitions “Lo que es, es lo que ha sido/What It Is, Is What Has Been” and “Migrations Stories: Arizona Collects Cuban Art,” both at Phoenix Art Museum. 

Also, the exhibition “Juan Francisco Elso: Por América” at Phoenix Art Museum investigates the brief yet significant career of the late Juan Francisco Elso, a member of the first generation­ of artists born and raised in post-revolutionary Cuba.

“Lo que es, es lo que ha sido/What It Is, Is What Has Been: Selections from the ASU Art Museum’s Cuban Art Collection” is made possible through the generosity of the museum’s Circles of Support and museum members.

Admission is free for ASU students. Entrance into the exhibition is included in general admission for the public. For a full breakdown of general-admission prices and hours, visit

Exhibitions and events

"Lo que es, es lo que ha sido/ What It Is, Is What Has Been: Selections from the ASU Art Museum’s Cuban Art Collection"

May 5–Sept. 17

Phoenix Art Museum, Steele Gallery

Erica Moiah James with "Juan Francisco Elso: Por América" participating artists Reynier Leyva Novo, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Albert Chong

1–2:30 p.m., May 6

Phoenix Art Museum, Singer Hall

Installation: "Methuselah" by Reynier Leyva Novo

May 8–July 31

ASU Art Museum

Exhibition Tour: “Lo que es, es lo que ha sido/What It Is, Is What Has Been: Selections from the ASU Art Museum’s Cuban Art Collection”

5–5:45 p.m., June 21

Phoenix Art Museum, Steele Gallery

Communications program coordinator, ASU Art Museum