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Keynote Speaker NY1’s Myles Miller
Twitter: @mylesmill

Myles Miller is an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter for NY1.  He was previously the law enforcement reporter at WPIX-TV, where he was part of the team that won the 2017 Emmy for Best Morning News. Over the course of three years, he covered the Chelsea Bombing, the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the mass shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital and the West Side terror attack.  He was concurrently a correspondent for WCBS Newsradio 880 as part of the team that won a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for overall excellence.  As a White House correspondent for The Daily, he traveled across the country with President Barack Obama, covering landmark stories including the death of Osama bin Laden, the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act and the 2012 presidential campaign.  In 2012, he reported for and helped launch “Chasing News” for Fox TV Stations. In 2014, he joined WRNN-TV as a Long Island reporter. In 2015, he helped the New York Times launch their breaking news video desk after successfully launching Tribune Media’s revenue-generating digital first video unit.  Miller started his career at Children’s PressLine, in middle school, his stories appeared in the Daily News, Amsterdam News and Scripps Howard News Service. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Association of Black Journalists, the New York Press Club and the National Forensics League.

Speakers and Presenters

Danial Adkison has edited for publications including The Village Voice, Condé Nast Portfolio, Time and The New York Times, and ran the copy desks at The Voice and Time. He got his start as a photographer for his high school newspaper in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and for his college paper at Boston University, but eventually realized he was better at getting the words right than at getting the exposure right.

Geanne Belton, a Baruch College journalism professor and attorney, teaches media law and ethics, news literacy and other journalism courses and oversees the NYC High School Journalism Conference and related high school journalism program. In addition to her work at Baruch, Professor Belton is a journalism law and ethics professor at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. She has had a long career as a journalist reporting and writing about business, law and the Internet, including for the New York Times, the National Law Journal and Columbia Journalism Review under the byline Geanne Rosenberg.  Professor Belton has a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a J.D. from Columbia University’s School of Law where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Carl Bialik is the data science editor for Yelp. Previously he wrote for FiveThirtyEight and, before that, for for the Wall Street Journal, where he wrote the Numbers Guy column from 2005 to 2013. He is a lifelong New Yorker and a Bronx Science graduate.

Christina Carrega, an award-winning journalist, is the Deputy Managing Editor of The Queens Daily Eagle and Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspapers. She previously was a criminal justice reporter at The New York Daily News and The New York Post. Carrega has covered wrongful conviction cases and high-profile trials including the People v. Peter Liang and the People v. Wayne Isaacs. Carrega began her journalism career as a freelancer for the Canarsie Courier and The New York Post.  She also served as the Newspaper Director for The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, a non-profit after-school program located in Ridgewood, Queens. The New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) awarded her first place for 2017’s’ and 2014’s Best Spot News and in 2013 she was a finalist for the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Best Single News Story award. Carrega volunteers as the co-director of FIRST TAKE: NYABJ’s High School Journalism Workshop. Carrega graduated from St. John’s University in 2007 where she majored in Journalism and minored in International Studies.

Ilsa Cowen is a retired English and journalism teacher who taught at Townsend Harris High School in Queens and served as advisor of the school’s newspaper, The Classic, for over 20 years. Together with student editors, she developed a First Amendment charter for the paper that declares it to be “an open forum for the expression of student views.” and she remains active in advocating for strong First Amendment rights for student journalists. A former president of the New York City Scholastic Press Association, she continues to be an engaged participant in NYCSPA and the High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College.

Beth Daley (@BethBDaley) is the director of strategic development at InsideClimate News, where she works to grow and diversify sources of revenue for the organization. Before joining ICN she spent three years at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in Boston, covering genetics and the environment and as director of partnerships. Daley also spent more than two decades at the Boston Globe, her last 12 years there as the environment reporter. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work on climate change, Daley has won numerous national journalism awards for her reporting at the Globe and NECIR. Daley spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a Knight fellow at Stanford University.

Bridgett M. Davis is also the author of the memoir, The World According To Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life In The Detroit Numbers. She is also the author of two novels, Into the Go-Slow and Shifting Through Neutral. She is writer/director of the award-winning feature film Naked Acts and a creative writing and journalism professor at Baruch College, where she’s director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Millions, Salon, and O, The Oprah Magazine. graduate of Spelman College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she lives in Brooklyn with her family. Visit her website at www.bridgettdavis.com.

Jeanmarie Evelly is a metro reporter for the nonprofit news site City Limits, where she also runs the City Limits Accountability Reporting Initiative for Youth (CLARIFY), a paid internship and journalism training program for New York City youth. She was previously a reporter/producer at DNAinfo.com New York covering Astoria and Long Island City, and before that, spent several years reporting for community newspapers in the Bronx, including the award-winning Norwood News. She holds a B.A. in English from SUNY New Paltz and a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and is currently earning an MFA in poetry at Queens College. She lives in Astoria, Queens.

Vera Haller is an associate professor of Journalism at Baruch College. She is also an active freelance journalist, covering New York City news as well as foreign immigration stories. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of amNewYork and editor of NYNewsday.com. She also worked overseas as a journalist in the 1990s, writing for Reuters, The Washington Post and other outlets from Rome and Johannesburg.​

Jere Hester is the editor in chief of The City, a start-up, nonprofit New York digital news outlet set to debut in early 2019. He most recently served as News Director and Director of the Reporting and Writing program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Hester was previously City Editor of the New York Daily News, where he started as a reporter, and was a longtime pop culture columnist for NBC Local Integrated Media. The lifelong Brooklyn resident, whose began his career as a reporter for the Downtown Express, also is the author of “Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family.”

Lonnie Isabel (@lonniei) is a special lecturer at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.  He is the former deputy managing editor of Newsday, and was responsible for supervising the national, foreign, state, Washington, health and science staffs. During his 16-year career at the newspaper, Isabel also served as assistant managing editor, overseeing coverage of the September 11th aftermath and the Iraq War, and as national editor, covering the 2000 presidential campaign and the Oklahoma City bombing. Earlier in his career, Isabel worked as a reporter and assistant city editor at the Oakland Tribune, and as a political reporter at the Boston Globe. He was appointed a Poynter Ethics Fellow in 2006. He has taught news writing at Hofstra and San Francisco State universities. He received a B.A. in African Studies from Amherst College.

Emily H. Johnson is an assistant professor at Baruch College and an independent multimedia journalist who has reported internationally for publications such as The Washington Post, PRI’s The World, AFP, and CNN. A former wilderness guide, Emily graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (now the Newmark School at CUNY) in 2010, after which she moved to Indonesia to work for the English-language newspaper The Jakarta Globe. From 2014 to 2016, she was based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she covered breaking news and produced features on topics as far-ranging as mental health, technology, extremism, climate change, and human rights. She continues to report in East Africa when not home in Brooklyn.

Catherine Kaczmarek recently retired after teaching English literature and journalism at Midwood High School for 31 years. She was advisor for Argus, Midwood’s newspaper, for 29 years and was the president of the New York City Scholastic Press Association for three years. Now she is working at Brooklyn College as a site supervisor for student teachers.

Jacqueline Linge is a journalism and law teacher at Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows, Queens. She is the adviser for FLHS News, a multimedia news website. Linge has a master’s degree in education from St. John’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, a J.D. from CUNY Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Oberlin College.

Eileen Markey is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Wall Street Journal, The New Republic and elsewhere. She is the author of A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sr. Maura (Nation 2016) a biography of a U.S. woman killed in El Salvador for her role in a social movement for liberation during the Cold War. The book, which combined deep archival research, CIA, FBI and State Department records retrieved under the Freedom of Information Act and long, qualitative interviews with sources in four countries, was an editor’s weekly pick in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.  Markey has worked as a producer for WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, reported for radio and was a contributing editor for Housing and Homelessness at City Limits. Markey is a graduate of Fordham University’s urban studies program and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She teaches journalism at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Gavin McCormick is director of the journalism program and a distinguished lecturer at Queens College, where he began teaching in 2006. Previously he was an associate professor at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, N.J. He worked as a journalist for more than a decade, including as business writer for The Associated Press in Charleston, W.Va.; managing editor for internet.com in Boston, Mass; general assignment reporter for the Quincy Patriot-Ledger in Quincy, Mass; and business reporter for Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise in Fitchburg, Mass. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor of arts degree from Bard College.

Joshua Mills worked as an editor and writer at The New York Times for a decade and as a reporter or editor at The Associated Press; The New York Post, the New York Daily News, Newsday, Bloomberg News and The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.). He has written on a wide variety of subjects for magazines ranging from Playboy to Boys’ Life, including Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, New York, Esquire, TV Guide and the Columbia Journalism Review. Co-author (with Peter Fornatale) of Radio in the Television Age, he remains active as an editor.  Professor Mills has long been involved in training journalists, on college campuses, for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and in newsrooms around the country. For many years ran editing programs for the Dow Jones News Fund and served as the U.S. director of the Bertelsmann Summer Academy, a training program for German business journalists.  Among the subjects that interest him are the media business, international trade, the business of sports, the business of culture and almost anything about ice hockey.  Before joining Baruch, Professor Mills taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, N.Y.U. and Pace University. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. at City College of New York.

Katina Paron is a journalism educator with 25 years of youth media experience. She works on the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College and is the editor of Dateline: CUNY. As the founding editor of Teen Voices, a global girl news site at Women’s eNews, and former managing director of the youth news agency, Children’s PressLine, she has worked with thousands of teens to develop professional quality media that has been published in the Daily News, Newsday, Metro, Ebony, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and ESPN.com, among other places. She’s written about youth journalism for The New York Times,  The Daily News, WNYC SchoolBook and more. She is the author of the comic book-style high school textbook, “A NewsHound’s Guide to Student Journalism” (McFarland).

Tim Race is a member of the Corporate team at FleishmanHillard, where he works with clients across a range of industries and geographies, counseling on corporate narrative and strategic media, and overseeing written content creation. Mr. Race was a longtime editor, newsroom manager and writer at The New York Times with extensive experience overseeing award-winning news and enterprise coverage, and packaging them for digital and print publication. Mr. Race, whose jobs at the Times included European Business Editor in Paris and London, and New York posts as Energy and Autos Editor, Technology Editor and Healthcare Editor, is well-versed in a broad range of international and American business, economics, public policy and regulatory topics – including technology; science; energy and environment; health care and pharmaceuticals; monetary policy and trade. Work he supervised at The New York Times won prizes including two Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, as well as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Race has a master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, a master’s degree in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University.

Claire Regan, a passionate journalist with more than 30 years of newsroom experience in reporting, editing, management and page design, is the communication arts teacher at St. Joseph Hill Academy High School on Staten Island and moderator of its student newspaper, The Summit.  She is also an assistant professor at Wagner College, her alma mater, where she teaches courses in newswriting, ethics, editing and public relations and serves as faculty adviser to the Wagnerian student newspaper.  Ms. Regan’s editing and design work for the Staten Island Advance has been honored by the Associated Press, the Society for News Design, the New York City Deadline Club and the New York Press Club. She serves on the board of the New York State Associated Press Association and is president of the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  She completed a yearlong fellowship in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and in 2013, received the Charles O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association.

Gisele Regatao is an assistant professor of journalism at Baruch College and a reporter, producer and editor who has covered everything from theater in New York to business in Latin America.  Originally from Brazil, she has worked for newspapers, magazines, websites and two major public radio stations: WNYC in NY and KCRW in LA.  Last year she produced and directed her first fiction podcast, inspired in part by the telenovelas she grew up watching.  Celestial Blood/Sangre Celestial is a bilingual podcast, released in both Spanish and English.

Gail Robinson, a freelance writer and adjunct lecturer at Baruch College, has had a long career as a journalist focusing on policy and politics. Her work appears in Inside Schools, City Limits, Hechinger Report and other publications. Much of her writing concerns public education in New York City and beyond.  Robinson was editor-in-chief of Gotham Gazette, a publication on New York City that pioneered the use of on-line media to cover local issues. During her time there, she covered many local campaigns, city schools, transportation and social welfare policy. Robinson began her journalism career as an education reporter for the daily paper in New Rochelle, N.Y. She also has been editor/writer for a magazine on environmental issues, was in charge of political coverage for a major national newspaper feature syndicate and edited a foreign-affairs magazine.  A not-quite-native New Yorker, Robinson attended Barnard College and served as first woman editor-in-chief of the Columbia University student daily.

Aldemaro Romero Jr. is the Weissman Dean of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College in New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami, Florida. He has published more than 1,000 pieces including more than 30 books and monographs. He has developed a great number of outreach programs that include, but are not limited to, use of traditional media as well as the emerging electronic, social ones.  He has produced/directed/written/hosted hundreds of TV and radio shows while writing hundreds of non-academic pieces in the form of regular newspaper columns and magazine articles.  He is embarked in these initiatives even today. His academic interests range from environmental and evolutionary biology, to history and philosophy of science, to science communication and higher education. He has been awarded numerous grants as well as prizes for his research and science communication work.

Maya Salam has been with The New York Times for more than three years, most recently joining The Times’s Gender Initiative as a reporter in July. She writes a weekly newsletter called Gender Letter and brings her unique sensibility and sharp voice to this cross-departmental effort that aims to more deeply engage women readers globally. Aside from the newsletter, she reports on breaking news related to gender issues and contributes to in-depth projects. At The Times, she’s worked as a copy editor, assigning editor, slot, web producer and reporter covering breaking news and helping to unearth off-beat stories that resonate with web audiences. She is a first-generation Arab-American and has lived all around the U.S.

Indrani Sen is Quartz’s culture and lifestyle editor. Previously, she taught reporting and writing at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. She was also a freelance writer, focused mainly on food, who wrote for the New York Times and Saveur magazine, among other publications. She has also been the editor of Voices of NY, a news website showcasing New York City’s ethnic and immigrant press. She was a staff reporter at Newsday, covering politics. And she taught journalism at Bronx Academy of Letters, a public high school. She holds a B.A. in English from Oxford University and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Rachel Holliday Smith is a part-time producer at WNYC, freelance writer reporting on all things New York City and the professional adviser to NYU’s student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She has covered the five boroughs for nearly a decade, most recently as a Brooklyn beat reporter for DNAinfo and as a videographer, writer and assignment editor at NY1 News. Her writing has appeared in Curbed, the New York Post, City Limits, Gotham Gazette, Chalkbeat and others. She lives in Brooklyn and enjoys tweeting about raccoon sightings way too much.

John Smock is a photographer, educator and story experimenter. Smock is the Director of Photography at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a freelance photographer based in New York City. Previously Smock worked for the Associated Press and SIPA Press, a photo agency with offices in New York and in Paris. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Paris Match, Der Spiegel and many other publications.

Brian Sweeney is the adviser to the Townsend Harris High School newspaper, The Classic.  Brian has been teaching in New York City since 2008.  A former middle school English teacher and literacy coach, he currently teaches high school journalism and English, while advising the school paper’s staff of over 70 students. Brian and two of his students received the 2017 Courage in Student Journalism Award from the Student Press Law Center. He was also honored for his teaching by the Deadline Club, which is the NYC Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists. From December 2016 to April 2017, the Townsend Harris High School community was wracked with tension as students, parents and teachers called for the removal of an interim principal. The Classic’s reporting of this situation became the basis for stories in ABC News, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and more.

Cadence Turner has been teaching journalism at her alma mater, Curtis High School, on Staten Island, for 29 years.  She has been the advisor of the yearbook since  1993 and the newspaper since 1995.  She won the advisor of the year award from the New York State Scholastic Press Association in 2003 and the Deadline Club Education Award in 2008.  Right now she coordinates the Journalism Institute at Curtis High School and teaches both beginning and advanced journalism classes.

RueZalia Watkins is the Education Services Specialist of Vibrant Emotional Health.  Vibrant supports several Federal, State and Municipal funded programs, including NYCWELL and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We also provide services and supports to children, youth, families and adults though our matrix of direct services.  Working with the gifted staff of Vibrant, RueZalia has contributed to the educational success of many students throughout New York City.  Side by side with the teams from the Family Resource Centers, Adolescent Skills Centers, Family Link, the Child and Adolescent Care Management, PROS or CCSI programs of Vibrant, RueZalia has assisted in finding solutions to increase access to instruction for students facing emotional, behavioral, attention and/or mental health challenges.  RueZalia has served as an advocate for parents and students with distinct needs and has represented them on many State and City policy making structures, committees, workgroups etc.  The strength of RueZalia’s work, however, rests in her ability to support students in ways that lead to their academic success.