Remembering Mandy Jenkins

April 26, 2023

The Tiffany Shackelford Foundation joins the wider journalism community in celebrating the life of Mandy Jenkins.

Mandy Marie Jenkins, 42, died February 26 in Zanesville, Ohio, after nearly four years of cancer treatment. We honor our friend and thank Mandy for the unconditional commitment she had to empowering women in journalism. 

“She knew the world is made by action and what you do for other people,” Mandy’s husband, Ben Fischer, said in an Instagram post on Sunday.

Mandy showed up by doing. She was always in motion. 

That’s exactly how we’ll remember her. She showed up for her family, her friends, her coworkers, for strangers — and definitely for her cats. 

Sometimes she was Moving Fast quite literally while she was running, biking or hiking. Other times, she seemed to extend the 24-hour day so she could show up in what seemed like four places at once. 

Mandy was one of those superhumans who could spend the night out laughing into the early morning hours and then catch the morning runners for a quick 6 miles before giving a keynote address to 1,000 people at 9 a.m. You can read a lovely story here about Mandy’s legacy. 

During her eight years serving on the board of the Online News Association, Mandy had the tenacity to break the mold for the Women’s Leadership Accelerator, empowering other women to lead with courage just like she did. This leadership initiative is one of the core programs the Tiffany Shackelford Foundation has committed to help fund for the next decade. 

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Mandy’s remarkable life. 

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