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Group Leader for Reporting, Writing & Editing, Poynter Institute for Media Studies
Aly Colón is the Poynter Institute for Media Studies' Group Leader for Reporting, Writing & Editing and Director of Diversity Programs.
Colón shows journalists how to find the untold stories, explores diverse approaches to covering news, teaches ethical decision-making, and how to connect with under-covered communities. Colón also presents regularly at the National Writers Workshop. He serves as the editor for the Best Newspaper Writing book produced annually by Poynter. He consults with news organizations on diversity, ethics, writing and leadership. He has worked as a newspaper editor and reporter. Prior to Poynter he worked at The Seattle Times as an assistant metro editor and as diversity reporter and coach. As a reporter, he focused on the "intersections" where people of different races, cultures, gender, and abilities meet.
Professor, University of Toronto
Anthony Feinstein is a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Director of the Neuropsychiatry Programme at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Science Centre. He is the author of multiple books, including "Dangerous Lives: War and the Men and Women Who Report It" (Thomas Allen, Toronto 2003), "In Conflict" (New Namibia Books, 1998), "The Clinical Neuropsychiatry of Multiple Sclerosis" (Cambridge University Press 1999, 2007), "Michael Rabin, America's Virtuoso Violinist" (Amadeus Press, 2005, 2011) and "Journalists Under Fire: the Psychological Hazards of Covering War" (John Hopkins University Press). His most recent book is "Battle Scarred" (Tafelberg Press, 2011).
Feinstein has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has authored numerous book chapters. In 2012, "Under Fire," a documentary produced by Dr. Feinstein based on his research on journalists in war zones, was shortlisted for an Academy Award. The documentary received a 2012 Peabody Award.
Author and former Baltimore Sun correspondent
A former reporter, foreign and Washington correspondent, and editor for The Baltimore Sun, "Skip" Isaacs covered the last three years of the Vietnam War and is the author of Without Honor: Defeat in Vietnam and Cambodia and Vietnam Shadows: The War, Its Ghosts, and Its Legacy.
Now a freelance writer and educator, Isaacs has taught at universities in China and Ukraine and has conducted training programs for journalists and journalism students in more than a dozen countries in the former Soviet Union, central and eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
Editorial Writer, The Courier-Journal
Betty Winston Bayé is an editorial writer and nationally syndicated columnist for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.
In addition, she currently can be heard delivering commentaries to News & Notes with Ed Gordon on National Public Radio. Other positions Bayé has held since 1984 include metro reporter, assistant city editor, and assistant neighborhoods editor. Previously, she covered urban affairs for the Daily Argus in Mount Vernon, NY. Bayé holds a masters degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. She was a 1990-91 Nieman Fellow, and has taught at Hunter College and at the Poynter Institute. Among her honors are Best of Gannett (column-writing), NABJ Region VI Hall of Fame Award, and Black Achiever of the Chestnut Street YMCA. She is the author of the novel, The Africans (1983) and Blackbird (August Press, 2000), a collection of columns and original essays. Bayé is past national vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists, a charter member of The William Monroe Trotter group (a collective of African American opinion writers), and is founder of the Black Alumni Network at Columbia University School of Journalism.
Professor, Florida State University College of Social Work
Charles Figley is a US Marine Corps veteran, a psychologist, and a leading expert on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has written more then 200 scholarly works including 18 books. He established the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and was its president for the first two years. Figley was the founding editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and now the editor of the Academy Journal Traumatology. He currently directs the FSU Traumatology Institute in Tallahassee, Florida.
Global Editor of Multimedia, Reuters News
Chris Cramer is the global editor of multimedia at Reuters News and has more than 40 years experience in international broadcasting. He led the world’s largest newsgathering organization at the BBC and developed the world’s most influential, profitable and widely distributed news channel, CNN International.
At the BBC, Cramer brought together the radio and television newsgathering services into a single operation. At CNN, he helped the organization transition to digital broadcasting, making CNN the leading news operator in the employment of video and cell phone newsgathering and broadcasting. He is president and a founding member of the International News Safety Institute, a global organization devoted to the ethical treatment and safety of journalists. In 2007 he was honored by NABA with a lifetime achievement award for his services to journalism.
Chair, National Center for Critical Incident Analysis
As chair of the National Center for Critical Incident Analysis, Ford Rowan organizes studies of political violence and the threat of a pandemic. In his role as a crisis management consultant, Rowan has worked on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Concorde crash, "mad cow disease," contaminated food recalls, SUV rollover litigation, silicone breast implants, the aftermath of the Valdez spill and five explosions at chemical plants and refineries.
Rowan is a former national security correspondent for NBC News who covered the war in Lebanon, the Watergate trials, and Three Mile Island. He was the host of the weekly PBS program, “International Edition,” in the mid-1980s. Rowan also practiced communications law in Washington and is the author of Broadcast Fairness, an analysis of the Fairness Doctrine and Equal Time rule.
Chair, Department of Communication, University of Washington
Gerald Baldasty is the Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on media history; race, class and gender; economic aspects of media; media organizations; and media and politics. Baldasty’s publications include E.W. Scripps and the Business of Newspapers, (1999); The Commercialization of News in the Nineteenth Century, (1992) Vigilante Newspapers: A Tale of Sex, Religion, and Murder in the Northwest, (2005), and he is a senior editor for Journalism History.
Editor and Vice President, The Journal News
Henry Freeman’s 35 years experience as a newspaper manager includes stints as sports editor, executive editor and publisher. He is editor and vice president for news at The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y.
The newspaper, which covers New York City’s northern suburbs, was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner. He has been active in promoting care for newsroom staffs, particularly after Sept. 11, and was quoted in the Dart Center’s Tragedies and Journalists booklet. Freeman was founding sports editor of USA Today and President of APSE in 1987-88. He has also worked for newspapers in Athens, Ga., Greenville, SC, Wilmington DE, Oakland, CA and Bridgewater, NJ.
Executive editor/Vice President, Tampa Tribune
Janet Weaver is executive editor and vice president of the Tampa Tribune, where she supervises a newsroom staff of 300. Before joining the Tribune as managing editor in July 2004, Weaver served as dean of the faculty of the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. Prior to that, Weaver was the executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where she supervised newsgathering for six zoned editions, a Web site and a 24-hour local cable news channel.
From 1994 to 1997, Weaver was the managing editor of The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. She worked at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., from 1989 to 1994, starting as a reporter and working through the ranks to become deputy managing editor/features and sports. From 1986 to 1989, she was a reporter and assistant city editor of the Stuart (Fla.) News. Weaver is a member of the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She has chaired a number of ASNE committees, including the 2004 convention program committee.
Editor, Rocky Mountain News
John Temple has been editor of the Rocky Mountain News for seven years. In that time, the paper has won its first two Pulitzer Prizes—both for photojournalism—and numerous other awards for journalistic excellence, including the general excellence award from the Colorado Press Association for 10 straight years. Temple, 52, also holds the titles of president and publisher. He oversees the editorial operations of the Rocky Mountain News and serves as its top executive and chief liaison with the Denver Newspaper Agency.
Director of International Programs, Columbia University
Josh Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and director of International Programs at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has covered conflicts in the Balkans, Beirut, Israel and Africa. He is past chairman and a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Friedman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1985 for his coverage of the famine in Ethiopia.
Professor, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
Judith Matloff was a foreign correspondent for 20 years, lastly as the bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor in Moscow and Africa. She teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and and is the author of Fragments of a Forgotten War (1997) and Home Girl (2008).
She is the recipient of various awards, including a MacArthur Foundation grant, a Fulbright fellowship and the Godsell, The Monitor’s highest accolade for correspondence. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Newsweek and The Economist. She is a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review.
Co-Director, Traumatic Stress Institute
Laurie Pearlman is a clinical psychologist who has worked with survivors of a wide range of traumatic experiences. She has published and presented widely on psychological trauma, healing, and vicarious traumatization.
Among her books is Psychological trauma and the adult survivor: Theory, therapy, and transformation, co-authored with I.L. McCann. She is head of the Trauma Research, Education, and Training Institute (TREATI), a NGO specialized in trauma-focused professional training, community education, and research. Also currently serves as Co-Director at the Traumatic Stress Institute and Director of clinical services for the Headington Institute.
Richard Eaton Professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland
Lee Thornton is currently the Richard Eaton Professor at Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to this position, Thornton was Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, School of Communications, Howard University, Washington, DC. Thornton has extensive experience in television broadcasting (CBS, NPR, CNN). She is the author of Smiling Faces Tell Lies: African Americans in Broadcast News.
Lori S. Robinson is the author of I Will Survive: The African-American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse, published in March 2003 by Seal Press. Since then, she has been lecturing and leading workshops at universities, conferences, community organizations and churches across the country about sexual violence.
Robinson, a rape survivor, is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Essence, The Crisis and The Source, among other publications. Also an educator, she taught media at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. A former editor at Emerge: Black America's Newsmagazine, her honors include National Association of Black Journalists awards and the Unity Award in Media prizes. She has also been recognized by women's organizations and service provider groups. Robinson received the 2005 Champion for Change Award in Media and the Arts from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, a 2004 Fruit of Her Hands Award from the Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute, and the 1997 Inspirational Award from the International Black Women's Congress. In February 2004, she was selected to serve as one of five judges for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma's national Award for Excellence in Reporting on Victims of Violence.
Executive Director, National Center for PTSD
Matt Friedman is currently Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Professor of Psychiatry and of Pharmacology at Dartmouth Medical School.
He has worked with PTSD patients as a clinician and researcher for more than 30 years and has published extensively on stress and PTSD, biological psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and clinical outcome studies on depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and chemical dependency. He has written or co-edited 15 books and monographs, 52 book chapters and 93 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals. Listed in The Best Doctors in America, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), and has served on many VA and NIMH research, education and policy committees.
Associate Director, Harvard’s program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Resolution
Dr. Mohamedou is the Associate Director of Harvard’s program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Resolution (HPCR). Prior to joining HPCR, Dr. Mohamedou served as Research Director with the International Council on Human Rights Policy, based in Geneva, where he helped found and direct the research and policy program.
Previously, he was a post-doctoral Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, and served as Research Associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute on the United Nations in New York. Dr. Mohamedou holds a degree in law from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, as well as a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate School. He is the author of books and essays on human rights, civil society, and conflict, including Iraq and the Second Gulf War, State-Building and Regime Security (1998, second edition 2001), Contre-Croisade—Origines et Conséquences du 11 Septembre (2004), and Societal Transition to Democracy in Mauritania (1995), and the editor of Journalism, Media, and the Challenge of Human Rights Reporting (2002). Dr. Mohamedou is a frequent lecturer in his fields of interest.
Lecturer, Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance
Robert Jay Lifton, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, has written about various destructive historical events, and is the author of a recent memoir, Witness to an Extreme Century.
He is the author of more than 10 critically-acclaimed books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles. He is the recipient of countless honors and awards including a the Lifetime Achievement Award from The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; The Lisl and Leo Eitinger Award from The University of Oslo; the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; a National Book Award, and a wide variety of honorary degrees from national and international academic institutions.
Correspondent, ABC Network News
Ron Claiborne is a correspondent for ABC Network News, Boston Bureau, and the news anchor for Weekend Edition of “Good Morning America.”
A journalist for more than 20 years, Claiborne’s recent assignments included traveling as an “embed” aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln during the war in Iraq and covering the Boston Catholic Church scandal. He has reported spot news, breaking news and feature stories for “World News Tonight,” “World News Saturday” and Sunday, “Nightline,” and “Good Morning America,” and is a regular contributor to abcnews.com and ABC Radio Network.
Photographer, VII agency
Ron Haviv is a photographer for the VII agency (of which he is a co-founder) and a 2004 Dart Fellow. Haviv has covered conflict in Latin America and the Caribbean, crisis in Africa, the Gulf War, fighting in Russia, conflict in the Balkans, the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the war in Afghanistan and the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
His work has been published in magazines throughout the world, including Stern, Paris Match, Newsweek, and The New York Times Magazine. He has published two books: Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul. Haviv has received several honors, including awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club and the Leica Medal of Excellence.
Foreign Editor, Newsday
Roy Gutman has reported on international affairs for more than three decades and is currently a foreign editor in Newsday, an adjunct professor at the Medill School of Journalism, a Ferris teaching fellow at Princeton and a Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
From 1989 to 1994, he served as the Newsday European bureau chief, reporting on the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the unification of Germany, and the violent disintegration of Tito’s Yugoslavia. His reports on “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including the first documented accounts of Serb-run concentration camps, won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (1993), the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, the Hal Boyleaward of the Overseas Press Club, the Heywood Broun Award of the Newspaper Guild, a special Human Rights in Media award of the International League for Human Rights, and the Linus Pauling "Golden Peace Charter" of the International League of Humanists.
Professor, Indiana University School of Journalism
Sherry Ricchiardi is a senior writer specializing in international issues for the American Journalism Review and a professor of journalism at the Indiana University School of Journalism.
Projects Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Sonia Nazario, a projects reporter for The Los Angeles Times, has spent 21 years reporting and writing about social issues. Her stories have tackled some of this country's most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, immigration. She has won numerous national awards.
In 2003, her story of a Honduran boy's struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled "Enrique's Journey," won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence. In 1998, she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on children of drug addicted parents. And in 1994, she won a George Polk Award for Local Reporting for a series about hunger among schoolchildren in California. Nazario has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, where she reported from four bureaus: New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies, Hunter College, CUNY
Steve Gorelick is Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College and a member of the Dart Center’s Advisory Council.
His major research interest is the representation of crime, violence, disease and traumatic events in media and culture. In 2007, he was named a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin by the German Fulbright Commission. He also is Chair of the Board of Advisors of the National Center for Critical Incident Analysis (NCCIA) and has served as consultant to the research division of NBC News and to federal agencies during and after sudden acts of violence.
His columns and essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Chicago Tribune, among other publications. He also serves as an advisor to the 20th anniversary committee of the national PBS documentary film series, POV. In March 2005, he represented the United States as a guest of the government of Spain at the Club of Madrid’s International Summit on Terrorism and Democracy, where he was invited to speak about the role of media, culture and journalism during high-profile traumatic incidents.
Associate Professor, Pace University
Susan Herman is a professor of criminal justice and the author of Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime. From 1997 to 2005, she served as the executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims.
With more than 25 years of leadership experience in government, criminal justice, and social services, Herman is an internationally recognized spokesperson for victims of crime and a new vision of justice for victims: “parallel justice.” Previously, Herman served as director of community services at The Enterprise Foundation, director of the domestic violence division of Victim Services (now Safe Horizon) in New York City, special counsel to the police commissioner of New York City, director of mediation services at the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, as an attorney at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as an instructor at New York University’s School of Law and NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Deputy Head of Newsgathering, BBC
Vin Ray joined the BBC in the teletext service, CEEFAX, in 1987. He worked as producer on the Nine O'Clock News and as a foreign field producer, before becoming TV Foreign Editor in 1993. Two years later he became the bi-medial Foreign Editor across domestic TV and radio.
In 1996 he was asked to merge the Newsgathering operations of the world Service and the domestic News and Current Affairs, becoming World News Editor, the first person to take charge of the BBC's entire foreign newsgathering operations. In 1999, as Executive Editor, he was asked to look at improving the storytelling skills of the BBC's reporters and correspondents. He is currently Deputy Head of Newsgathering, a post which includes overseeing the recruitment and development of the BBC's on air talent. Influenced by the deaths and injuries of colleagues, Ray has been instrumental in introducing safety courses and practices across the industry. He is a trustee of the Rory Peck Trust. He is the author of two books: The Reporter's Friend and The Television News Handbook.
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