About Amplify Utah
We bolster diverse voices through engaged storytelling.
We develop and foster news readers through media literacy education and in collaboration with local partners to amplify the multitude of diverse stories and voices across our community.
We offer expertise and resources to help storytellers across the nation magnify voices in their own communities in partnership with local news media.
We see a dynamic media landscape representative of our culturally rich and diverse communities that not only amplifies voices but encourages media literacy through a more inclusive understanding of the world around us.
Marcie Young Cancio
Founder and Executive Director
A veteran newspaper reporter, magazine editor and digital executive producer and television news managing editor, Marcie founded Amplify Utah in the summer to help bolster representative storytelling in local media and amplify voices from across the greater Salt Lake community and state.
Marcie joined Salt Lake Community College as assistant professor of journalism and digital media in 2018 after nearly two decades in Washington, D.C., New York, North Carolina and California. A Salt Lake native, Marcie has worked for KUTV 2News and Salt Lake magazine and returned to her hometown bringing lessons learned from gigs with ABC7 News in San Francisco, Conde Nast and The Charlotte Observer. She is a graduate of Utah State University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Amy is a region collaborative manager with Solutions Journalism Network. She has been a journalist for 32 years. She previously was digital editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, and was executive editor at The Durango Herald, along with overseeing other community newspapers and magazines, in Durango, Colo. She is a University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellow, Class of 2017. She also has worked with international journalists, is a mentor to journalists of color and has served on journalism nonprofit boards.
As cofounder of Altr Agency, Michelle has spent many of the last years helping businesses define their brands and digital strategies. Prior to creating Altr, Michelle spent 10 years with the Salt Lake Tribune as director of sales and marketing, where she helped develop its digital advertising agency. Michelle works with many nonprofits and has developed numerous events, including SLC Fashion Night Out, The Runway, The Salt Lake Tribune Salt Awards and A Light to Remember.
Russell Roots is the Community Outreach Manager with Utah Film Center and manages their community programming, audience building efforts, and volunteer campaigns. In previous incarnations, he also managed the film center's two annual film festivals and summer drive-in film series. Russell has a background in journalism, radio, media literacy and has led administrative efforts on the boards of other arts organizations. He is a procrastinating podcaster and focuses his studies on the intersections of marginalized groups in cinema and the rise of white nationalism and other intolerance in the United States.
Corinne Anderson is an associate professor of accounting at Salt Lake Community College. Prior to teaching, she obtained diverse accounting experience as an auditor, forensic accountant, fund accountant, accounting manager and controller. A Certified Public Accountant and owner of Holladay Bookkeeping, she has experience in the banking and finance, health care, real estate, nonprofit and restaurant sectors. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at Brigham Young University and is an Advanced ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Online.
Ashley 'AC' Cox
Ashley Cox ("AC") is an associate professor of marketing in the School of Business at Salt Lake Community College. A recognized 20-year veteran in the golf industry and a member of the Utah PGA Section Board of Directors, Ashley has served as a PGA educator with the PGA Golf Management Programs at Campbell University and North Carolina State University. He is a published researcher and will complete the Doctor of Business Administration Program at George Fox University in 2021.
Sean is the director of the Thayne Center for Student Life, Leadership & Community Engagement at Salt Lake Community College. Sean obtained his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy, his master’s in community leadership from Westminster College and his bachelor’s in psychology from Iowa Wesleyan College. Sean has been teaching undergraduate and graduate community engaged learning at a community college, a research-intensive flagship university, and a liberal arts teaching college for more than eight years. Prior to working in higher education, Sean was a counselor in a wilderness therapy program for adjudicated youth, managed a day service for people with disabilities and worked in the group-home treatment setting.
Teri is a community builder with more than 20 years of project development, nonprofit and grants management experience, focused on collective impact and increasing opportunities for multicultural communities. In 2009, she established Bombshell Media, a marketing company whose cornerstone projects include the Utah Arts Festival, Promise South Salt Lake and Epic Brewing Company. Teri is a founding member of the Promise South Salt Lake Equity Council and a founding board member of 1520 Arts. She is currently the director of Community & Government Initiatives for Spy Hop Productions, a nationally recognized creative youth development organization offering in-school, after-school, youth-in-care and satellite digital media arts programming.
Jean is associate professor of emerging media and journalism at Weber State University. She advises The Signpost student news organization and teaches journalism. Her 30-year newspaper career includes time at large newspapers such as USA Today, the Washington Post and the Providence Journal-Bulletin and community newspapers such as the Henderson Home News, Boulder City News and Navy Times. Her bachelor’s in journalism is from Northwestern University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.