Our Mission

The Nashville Banner is a locally owned, community-supported civic news organization. We exist to empower the citizens of Nashville and Tennessee to make informed decisions by providing non-partisan journalism from an independent, nonprofit newsroom. We are digital-first, with no paywall for our stories because we believe everyone should have access to news.

The Banner is a direct response to the decline of public service journalism in Tennessee. 

Editorial Staff

Steve Cavendish is the president and editor. A 25-year veteran of newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post, Steve returned to Nashville in 2011 and edited both The City Paper and Nashville Scene.

Demetria Kalodimos is the executive producer. She is a household name in Nashville, having anchored and reported news for 34 years at the city’s first television station, WSMV. She has won many of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism and has produced feature-length documentaries and programs for the festival circuit and nationally on PBS.

Connor Daryani is a staff reporter. He has previously freelanced for the Nashville Scene and the Nashville Post covering the state legislature and Metro.

Addison Wright interned for the Banner and covered Metro elections. Addison Wright, a Nashville native, is a student-athlete on the swim team at UNC Asheville, where she is double majoring in Mass Communications and Political Science in the class of 2024. 

Business Staff

Paige Hendrickson is the director of development. A fundraiser specializing in nonprofit news organizations, Paige comes from WPLN where she raised millions for public radio.

Board of Directors

Steve Cavendish President & Editor, Nashville Public Media

Bruce Dobie President/CEO, Power Poll

Beth Fortune Retired Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Vanderbilt University

Tené Franklin Vice President, Health Leads

Michael Whitley (Chair) New York Times

Advisory Board

Jacky Akbari, Founder and Managing Principal, Worthington Advisory

Samar Ali, Research Professor, Vanderbilt University, Millions of Conversations

Derek Crownover, Partner, Loeb & Loeb

Alfred Degrafinreid, CEO, Leadership Tennessee

Kriste Goad, Chief Fire Starter, Fuoco

Jose Gonzalez, Faculty, Belmont University; Co-founder and Finance Director, Conexion Americas

Jennifer Johnston, Writer

Baylor Bone Swindell, Principal, The Baylor Company