The Pivot Fund Pod

Amid all the hand-wringing over Sinclair Broadcasting chairman David Smith buying the Baltimore Sun, hardly anyone mentioned that he did it in partnership with Black businessman Armstrong Williams, who is now the first African American to own a major metropolitan newspaper since Bob Maynard bought and revitalized the Oakland Tribune four decades ago.

Like Smith, Williams is a conservative, but in an interview, he describes newsroom independence as a core value and pledges that Sun reporters will continue to follow the facts wherever they lead – even if they lead to the disparagement of Donald Trump.

Tune in for a compelling conversation between Armstrong and Tracie Powell, The Pivot Fund founder and CEO.

About The Pivot Fund
The Pivot Fund is a new venture philanthropy organization dedicated to investing $500 million into independent BIPOC-led community news outlets through grantmaking, development support, and strategic consulting. For more information on The Pivot Fund, visit

What is The Pivot Fund Pod?

The Pivot Fund holds conversations that disrupt journalism and philanthropy. These conversations center on BIPOC-led community news organizations and how they're funded, developed and trained.