Speakers will be added to this page as they are confirmed.
Co-founder and Publisher, Vox.com
Melissa Bell co-founded Vox.com in early 2014 and became the first person at Vox Media to hold both a technology and editorial title as Senior Product Manager and Executive Editor for Vox.com. In 2016, she became Vox Media’s Publisher. Prior to Vox, Bell oversaw digital platforms at the Washington Post. She was also one of The Post’s most-read bloggers and a columnist for the Style section. Before joining The Post, she helped launch Mint, a Wall Street Journal subsidiary in India, where she lived for four years. She hails from San Diego, California and makes a mean banana-and-cheese quesadilla.
Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post
Lydia Polgreen is Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post. She was named to that position in December 2016 after spending nearly 15 years at The New York Times, where she led an initiative to expand its audience outside the United States, with an initial focus on Latin America. Previously, Lydia was Deputy International Editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau and chief of the West Africa bureau.
Before joining The Times, Lydia was a reporter in Florida and New York state. She began her career as assistant editor and business manager for The Washington (D.C.) Monthly. …Read More
Co-founder and CEO, Axios
Jim VandeHei is a co-founder and CEO of Axios, the new media company he launched with Mike Allen and Roy Schwartz. Axios (means “worthy” in Greek) uses “elegant efficiency” and “smart brevity” to deliver top insights and reporting on business, tech, media trends and politics to smart, engaged readers. Jim is a co-founder and former CEO of POLITICO, the digital media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington and Europe. Jim was the leading strategic mind behind its high-growth, high-impact and highly-scalable business model. Jim was named one of the 100 leading information age thinkers in America by Vanity Fair and was awarded the 2015 Editor of the Year award by the National Press Foundation. Jim covered the presidency and politics for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post before starting media companies.
Editor and Executive VP of the Houston Chronicle
Nancy Barnes has been editor and executive vice president of the Houston Chronicle since October, 2013. The Houston Chronicle is among the largest newspapers in Texas with Sunday circulation of about 350,000, a daily circulation of about 200,000, and a large daily digital footprint across two websites, mobile platforms and social media. The Houston Chronicle won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, the 2015 ASNE award for distinguished commentary, was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb award for business beat reporting in 2015 and 2016, and the IRE award for investigations off of breaking news in 2015 and 2016. It recently was awarded a 2017 National Press Foundation award. Prior to joining the Houston Chronicle, Barnes was editor and senior vice president of the Star Tribune Media Co. for six and half years, overseeing news reporting and content across all platforms. …Read More
Aminda (Mindy) Marqués Gonzalez
Executive Editor and Vice President, Miami Herald
Aminda (Mindy) Marqués Gonzalez is Executive Editor and Vice President for news at the Miami Herald. Born in New York to Cuban immigrant parents, Marqués began her career as an intern at the Miami Herald and rose through the ranks to become the paper’s first Hispanic editor in 2010. She is only the second woman to hold the post.
Her career has included assignments as a metro reporter, assistant city editor and deputy metro editor, directing the Miami Herald’s local, state and community news operations. She left the paper in 2002 to work as Miami bureau chief for People magazine, overseeing coverage for the southeast U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America. …Read More
Editor, The Dallas Morning News
Mike Wilson has been editor of The Dallas Morning News since February 2015. He started his career at the Miami Herald, then worked for 18 years at the Tampa Bay Times. As a reporter in Tampa Bay, he was on a team that was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. His staff won two Pulitzer prizes during his tenure as an editor. In 2013, he moved to New York to become managing editor of Nate Silver’s data journalism website, FiveThirtyEight. During this time, he also served on ESPN‘s editorial board. He is the author of two books, Right on the Edge of Crazy and The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison. He and his wife, Alisa, live in Dallas and have three grown children.
Executive Editor and Sr. VP, Philadelphia Media Network
Stan Wischnowski, Philadelphia Media Network’s Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, has led a complete reorganization of Pennsylvania’s largest news organization, which includes The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. The reorganization has involved the merging of the three staffs, a restructuring of newsroom beats, a digital skills development program for its 250-plus journalists, and a redesign of the mobile and desktop elements of Philly.com. Stan served as The Inquirer’s Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor from 2010 to 2015. Under his leadership, the Inquirer won the 2014 Pulitzer for Criticism and the 2012 Gold Medal for Public Service. Prior to arriving in Philadelphia in 2000, he was an editor at the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle and The Detroit News.
Director, Nieman Lab at Harvard
Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab. Before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow, he spent 10 years in newspapers, most recently at The Dallas Morning News. His reports on cheating on standardized tests in the Texas public schools led to the permanent shutdown of a school district and won the Philip Meyer Journalism Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has reported from 10 countries, been a Pew Fellow in International Journalism, and a three-time finalist for the Livingston Award for International Reporting. Before Dallas, Benton was a reporter and rock critic for The Toledo Blade. He is a big nerd who started blogging when Bill Clinton was still president.
Founder and CEO, Spirited Media (BillyPenn.com & TheIncline.com)
Jim Brady is the CEO of Spirited Media, which operates Billy Penn in Philadelphia and The Incline in Pittsburgh. Before entering the pure startup world, Jim served as Executive Editor of washingtonpost.com, Editor-in-Chief of Digital First Media, General Manager of TBD and as head of News and Sports for America Online. Jim also currently serves as the public editor of ESPN.
During Jim’s tenure at washingtonpost.com, the site won a national Emmy award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage, a Peabody Award for its “Being a Black Man” series, an Editor & Publisher award for Best Overall Newspaper-Affiliated Web Site, two Digital Edge awards for Best Overall News Site, a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Non-Broadcast Affiliated Web Site, and more than 100 White House News Photographers video awards. …Read More
Director, School of Journalism at UT Austin
R.B. Brenner is the director of the School of Journalism and the G B Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he was the deputy director of Stanford University’s journalism program and taught courses on public issues reporting, digital journalism and narrative writing. He joined the faculty at Stanford in September 2010 after leaving The Washington Post, where his roles included metropolitan editor, Sunday editor and deputy universal news editor. He was one of the primary editors of the newspaper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, and played a leadership role in merging the digital and print newsrooms.
Staff writer, The Atlantic
McKay Coppins is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers national politics. He was previously a reporter for BuzzFeed News, where he covered two presidential campaigns, and Newsweek, where he co-authored a cover story on Mitt Romney and Mormonism.
Culture writer, The New York Times
Sopan Deb is a culture writer for the New York Times. Before that, he was embedded in Donald Trump’s campaign from start to finish with CBS News. He’s a Murrow Award-winning and Emmy-nominated reporter whose work has been seen on NBC, Al Jazeera America, as well as the Boston Globe.
Executive producer, AJ+
Ethar El-Katatney is the executive producer for AJ+, a global online news community for the connected generation . She is an international-award-winning multimedia journalist and published author. El-Katatney was the first Arab and Egyptian to win a CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Award and has since published a book: Forty Days and Forty Nights – in Yemen: A Journey to Tarim, the City of Light . She’s worked at Egypt Today, was a researcher-reporter for the quarterly journal The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and has contributed to Muslimah Media Watch.
Director of Video, The Washington Post
Micah Gelman is the Director of Video and Senior Editor at The Washington Post. Micah manages The Post’s video business operation while also overseeing the editorial production and distribution of original videos, as well as the editing and curating of partner videos.
Editor-in-Chief, Hong Kong Free Press
Tom Grundy is the Editor-in-Chief and co-director of Hong Kong Free Press, a non-profit, independent news source for the city. It was founded in 2015 as a direct response to the press freedom issues facing the city and has become the city’s number two English news source by social reach. HKFP was Hong Kong’s fastest-funded, largest crowdfunding campaign at the time of its launch, raising over US $150,000 in its first year from over 1,000 readers.
Based in Hong Kong for eleven years, Tom is a British multimedia journalist. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism at the University of Hong Kong. …Read More
Associate professor of professional practice
Robert Hernandez, a.k.a Web Journalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue. He is an associate professor of professional practice at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, but he’s not an academic…he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. He has worked for seattletimes.com, SFGate.com, sfexaminer.com, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of #wjchat and creator of Learn Code for Journalism with Me project. He was a national board member of the Online News Association, and is a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor of PolitiFact. She previously was deputy editor, and before that a reporter for PolitiFact, helping launch the site in 2007. She was a member of the PolitiFact team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 election. She has been with the Tampa Bay Times since 2005 and previously worked at newspapers in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and New Mexico.
She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s of library science from the University of South Florida. Her undergraduate degree is from the Plan II liberal arts program at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a native of Louisiana and attended the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.
Editor-in-Chief, Mother Jones
Clara Jeffery is the editor-in-chief of Mother Jones. During her tenure at Mother Jones, she has received the PEN/Nora Magid Award for excellence in magazine editing, and has won National Magazine Awards for general excellence. Before joining Mother Jones, Jeffery was a senior editor for Harper’s Magazine.
Bot Developer & Product Manager, Quartz Bot Studio
John Keefe is a journalist, tinkerer and coder based in New York City. He works at Quartz as a developer in the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager of Quartz’s breakthrough apps. Keefe also teaches a class on rapid prototyping for new ideas in journalism technology at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He was previously Senior Editor for Data News at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists who specialize in data reporting, visualizations and investigations. Keefe is the author of Family Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World from Maker Media, which grew from his effort to make something new every week for a year. Keefe has taught journalism classes and led maker workshops at Columbia University, the New School University and the City University of New York, and was the Innovator in Residence at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media in 2015. Keefe blogs at johnkeefe.net and tweets as @jkeefe.
Managing Editor for Digital, Boston Globe
Kathleen Kingsbury is the managing editor for digital at the Boston Globe. She previously edited the Globe’s Ideas section and its Sunday op-ed pages. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished editorial writing and edited the Globe’s 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning commentary. Before joining the Globe in 2013, she worked as a New York-based staff writer and Hong Kong-based foreign correspondent for Time Magazine. She has also contributed to Reuters, The Daily Beast, CNN and The New York Times.
Deputy editor-in-chief, Meduza.io
Ivan Kolpakov is deputy editor-in-chief at Meduza.io, a Russian media outlet based in Riga, Latvia. He started working as a journalist in 2001 in Perm (an industrial city in the center of Russia) where he contributed to local political and business newspapers. In 2010, he launched his own project; Salt, a political and satirical magazine, also based in Perm. It closed down less than two years later because of problems with investors and officials. In 2012, Ivan moved to Moscow and became the head of the special reporters department at Lenta.ru, at that time Russia’s most popular online publication. He left Lenta.ru with the rest of the team following the firing of its editor-in-chief Galina Timchenko. Together with Timchenko he founded Meduza, which has been called Russia’s free press in exile. The project was an instant success. In the eyes of many Russian readers, Meduza has become one of the most popular and reliable media outlets available in Russian.
Senior Columnist, The Daily Beast
Matt Lewis is a senior columnist at The Daily Beast, a CNN political commentator, and the author of Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (And How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots).
Matt’s work has appeared in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, GQ, The Washington Post, The Week, Roll Call, Politico, The Telegraph, The Independent, and The Guardian — and he has been quoted or cited by major media outlets including New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Associated Press. …Read More
Director, International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter
Alexios Mantzarlis joined Poynter to lead the International Fact-Checking Network in September 2015. In this capacity, he writes about and advocates for fact-checking. He also trains and convenes fact-checkers globally. Mantzarlis previously served as Managing Editor of Pagella Politica and FactCheckEU, respectively Italy’s main political fact-checking website and the EU’s first multilingual crowd-checking project. He has presented fact-checking segments on Italian TV and led seminars on fact-checking around the world. Before becoming a fact-checker, he worked for the United Nations and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.
Director of Product, The Washington Post
Joey Marburger was labeled as The Washington Post’s punk rock star by Digiday for the work he’s accomplished as Director of Product. During his time at The Post, there has been immense growth which Columbia Journalism Review called a ‘revolution’.
Marburger leads a team of product designers in the newsroom overseeing the development and design of digital products such as washingtonpost.com, Android and iOS apps, distributed news, and a variety of other platforms. He has been at The Post for more than six years, moving from Mobile Design Director to Director of Digital Products and Design to his current role. He has also worked at Gannett and the Indianapolis Star. …Read More
Senior VP of Original Content Development, Audible
Eric Nuzum loves hearing stories and telling stories. He is the Senior Vice President of Original Content Development at Audible, where he is building the next generation of premium spoken word listening.
Before coming to Audible, Eric was the Vice President for Programming at NPR. While there, he created a number of well-known shows, like Invisibilia, TED Radio Hour, and Ask Me Another. Eric also managed NPR’s relationships with a lot of beloved public radio programs, like Car Talk, Fresh Air and Radiolab.
Outside of building great audio experiences, Eric has written three books. …Read More
Product director, The New York Times
Andrew Phelps has made a career of agitating for change in media. At The New York Times, he was a co-author of the “Innovation Report,” a searing self-examination of the newsroom that led to major investments in strategy, data and audience development. Harvard’s Nieman Lab called the report “one of the key documents of this media age.” It has been downloaded more than a million times.
Phelps helped build a mobile-first culture while most people were still fixated on the desktop, and secured significant investments in mobile hiring. He led a cross-functional team to relaunch their mobile home page (40 million MAUs) in just six months. He launched a news app for Apple Watch called “One-Sentence Stories” that was celebrated by customers and featured on the front of the App Store on Day 1. …Read More
James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation, Temple University
Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. In addition to teaching, his work is focused on new business models, digital transformation and innovation in news. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was Executive Editor, Digital, and interim Chief Digital Officer at the Guardian in London. There, he led the Guardian’s product and technology teams as well as heading visual journalism – including pictures, graphics, interactive and data journalism. Before coming to the Guardian, Aron was Associate Managing Editor for Digital Strategy and Editor of Interactive News at The New York Times. He also was a reporter at Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware, headed data journalism at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington and on the training staff of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Outside the newsroom, Aron co-founded two news-related startups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks & Hackers.
ICFJ Knight Fellow
Shaheryar Popalzai is an ICFJ Knight Fellow based in Pakistan. His major focus has been newsroom innovation with multiple news organizations. Popalzai has worked with three major news organizations in the country to help them get started with 360° storytelling, resulting in a number of projects ranging from standalone videos to more in-depth 360° projects on different issues.
He has also worked with the production and reporting teams of one of Pakistan’s biggest media groups on Facebook Live deployment and strategy. …Read More
Founder, Hot Pod
Nicholas Quah is the founder of Hot Pod, a weekly newsletter about podcasts that syndicated on Nieman Lab. His work largely focuses on the professionalization of the podcast and on-demand audio industry as well as its potential for public radio and non-audio native media companies. Quah is also a consultant for the Democracy Fund and will be a Visiting Knight Nieman Fellow this summer. Previously, he led audience development efforts at Panoply.
He has an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and worries about immigration.
Maria Teresa Ronderos
Director of the Program on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundations
Maria Teresa Ronderos is the director of the Program on Independent Journalism at Open Society Foundations, which supports journalism enterprises all over the world, particularly in those places where free independent information is scarce and the digital revolution has opened new opportunities for quality journalism to flourish. Before joining OSF, she was editor-in-chief at VerdadAbierta.com, a website that has covered armed conflict in Colombia since 2008. She also served in different position at Semana, Colombia’s leading news magazine. She received the Journalist of the Year Simon Bolivar Award in 2014 for the impact of her book, Guerras Recicladas, a history of the paramilitary forces in Colombia. …Read More
Juan Luis Sánchez
Vice Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder, eldiario.es
Juan Luis Sánchez is Vice Editor-in-Chief and co-founder at eldiario.es, a digital news site that has become a major reference for political debate in Spain with an innovative funding model based on membership. Mainly focused in product development and editorial strategies, Sánchez has a background as a reporter on migration, social change and new politics. He is a commentator on Spanish TV and the The New York Times en español. Sánchez teaches innovation in journalism as a guest in different Spanish universities.
Host/Producer, Why Oh Why at Panoply
Andrea Silenzi is an accomplished radio producer known for her innovative and personal brand of storytelling. Her show, Why Oh Why was called a “celebration of human awkwardness” by NPR and named a best new podcast of 2016 by the New York Times, Huffington Post and iTunes. Previously, Andrea was the founding producer of Slate’s The Gist with Mike Pesca, and a culture producer for WNYC. Her work has aired on Serendipity, The Organist from Believer Magazine, BBC4, StoryCorps, PRI’s Studio 360, WNYC News, and Re:Sound. She holds the world record for most guests booked for an hour-long radio show, and that’s 67.
Media Editor, BuzzFeed News
Craig Silverman is the Media Editor of BuzzFeed News and leads a global beat covering platforms, online misinformation and fake news. He previously was the founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada, and was also the founder of Emergent.info, a rumor tracking project that was developed as part a fellowship with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. In 2010, Craig was part of the team that launched OpenFile, an online news startup the delivered community-driven reporting in six Canadian cities. He is a the former managing editor of PBS MediaShift and has been a columnist for The Globe And Mail, Toronto Star, and Columbia Journalism Review. From 2004 to 2015 he wrote Regret The Error, a blog about media accuracy and corrections, which became part of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. His journalism and books have been honored by the Mirror Awards, U.S. National Press Club, National Magazine Awards, Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and Crime Writers of Canada.
CEO and co-founder, The Texas Tribune
Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization recently called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune’s deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including nine Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Before co-founding the Tribune, Evan spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. On his watch, Texas Monthly twice won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. …Read More
Product Designer, Vox Media
Sanette Tanaka is a product designer at Vox Media. Currently, she’s working on the publishing platform and content management system that powers the websites of their editorial brands. Before that, she led design on Vox’s first experimental product team, where they worked with emerging platforms, technologies, and interaction patterns. She has designed (and coded) apps, websites, games and voice products.
Before she designed, she reported. Most recently, she was a real-estate reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and continues to write on a freelance basis. She believes her journalism background has been instrumental in shaping her investigative, user-centered approach to design. …Read More
ICFJ International Knight Fellow, ICFJ and Sembramedia
Janine Warner is an author and consultant specializing in media, digital design, and online learning. She is also the founder and executive director of SembraMedia.org, an online community and startup directory for Spanish-language digital media entrepreneurs. Janine began her career as a reporter and editor in Northern California. In 1998, her experience on the internet, combined with her fluency in Spanish, took her to The Miami Herald, as the Online Managing Editor. A year later, she was promoted to Director of New Media. She left The Herald to serve as Director of Latin American Operations for CNET Networks. Janine has written or coauthored more than 25 books, including Web Sites For Dummies, Social Media Design for Dummies, and Global Mobile. She’s also created more than 200 hours of training videos for Lynda.com, CreativeLive, and other leading online training companies. …Read More
Executive Director, Chequeado
Laura Zommer is Executive and Editor-in-Chief at Chequeado, the first initiative of fact-checking and verification of public discourse in Latin America. She is Professor of Right to Information at the University of Buenos Aires and writes in the daily La Nación, where she has covered and conducted research on cases related to corruption, civil rights and justice for almost two decades. Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science from University of Buenos Aires and she’s also a lawyer and access to information and transparency activist. She worked at the most important think-tank in Argentina, CIPPEC, as Director of Communications (2004-2012) and at the Secretary of Internal Security of the Ministry of Justice as Chief of Cabinet (2003-2004). For her work as a journalist, she has received more than half a dozen awards: among them, in 2015, the Gabriel García Márquez Award from Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericana (FNPI) in the Innovation category for Chequeado and the expansion of fact-checking in the region.