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Patti Newberry (Opening Remarks, 5 p.m.) is president-elect of the SPJ Board of Directors, and will begin serving a one-year term as president this fall. Currently area coordinator of the journalism program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Newberry moved into academia in 1997 after 15 years in the newspaper world.

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Lou Harry (Journalism Trivia Night, 5:30-7 p.m.) serves as editor of Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists. The author or co-author of more than 40 books for publishers including Random House, Penguin, and Hallmark, his career includes editing stints at Philadelphia Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Business Journal and more. The host of the Lou Harry Gets Real podcast (available on iTunes and Spotify), he is also a produced playwright. Follow him @LouHarry and via www.louharry.com

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May May Barton (More Than a Brand: The Role of Student Media, 11 a.m.) is one of 4 Student Media Advisers at the University of Kentucky's student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel. For the past 10 years she has been a leader and mentor in all aspects of publishing - helping students learn print, online and multimedia publishing, create multiple publications from conception to distribution, and educate students on the importance of protecting campus freedom of speech and the inherent rights of journalists. 

Over the last three years, the Kentucky Kernel has been at the forefront of legal battles concerning campus freedom of expression. Barton has helped guide the newspaper staff through high-profile lawsuits concerning the use of the Open Records Act to obtain information on how other state universities handle sexual misconduct allegations. After several universities sued the Kentucky Kernel to protect those records, Barton and her fellow advisers are dedicated to continue to educate the staff from semester to semester on issues concerning press freedom and how to best report these developments to readers.

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Jeremy Chisenhall (More Than a Brand: The Role of Student Media, 11 a.m.) has been a reporter and editor at the College Heights Herald. He previously worked as a sports reporter and the sports editor. He is now the digital managing editor, and will be the next editor-in-chief of the publication. 

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Michele Day (Storytelling Techniques for Journalists, 10 a.m.) is a professor of practice, student media adviser and co-director of the journalism program at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights,  Ky. Before joining the university, Michele spent almost 20 years in newsrooms, including 17 as a reporter and editor for the Cincinnati Post newspaper and its sister publication in Kentucky.

She is the chair of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association and a former Region 5 director and national board member for the Society of Professional Journalists. Her journalism interests include narrative and multimedia storytelling and science reporting. 

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R.G. Dunlop (Investigative Audio, 9 a.m.) is an award-winning investigative reporter for the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, whose work has exposed government corruption and resulted in numerous reforms.

Dunlop is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a winner of a Peabody Award. He was twice a member of teams that won George Polk Awards.

He worked 35 years at the Courier-Journal in a variety of positions, including Eastern Kentucky bureau chief, Legal Affairs reporter, City Editor, and State Enterprise Reporter.

He has extensively covered death penalty issues, coal-mining safety and health, criminal justice matters, and the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Dunlop is a graduate of Miami University and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Louisville with his family.

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Tom Eblen (Column Writing in the Digital Age, 12 p.m.) is a writer and photographer in Lexington, Kentucky. He was metro/state columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader from 2008 to 2019 and the newspaper’s managing editor from 1998-2008. Before that, he was a reporter and editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Associated Press. He has won many awards, including the 2013 media award in the Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016. Eblen is president of SPJ’s Bluegrass Professional Chapter.

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Bonnie Jean Feldkamp (Social Media Strategies for Journalists, 2:30 p.m.) is an award-winning freelance writer who writes service journalism articles, personal essays, columns, and op-eds. Bonnie often contributes to The Cincinnati Enquirer and USAToday. Her essays have appeared in The New York TimesScary Mommy, Medium and more. Bonnie is the Communications Director for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. She is a board member of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a member of Journalism and Women Symposium, and the National Federation of Press Women. Bonnie lives in Cincinnati with her husband and family.

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Barry Fulmer (Drone Journalism, 9 a.m.) is a 30-year news veteran who has worked in Harrisburg, PA, Philadelphia, and Louisville.  He has served as Vice President and Director of News at WDRB for 15 years.  Barry started the first drone program of any TV station in Kentucky in 2015.  WDRB was the first TV station in the United States to fly a drone in an air show during Thunder Over Louisville three years ago.

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Sandra Gonzalez (Google Tools for Reporting, 9 a.m.) is a veteran multimedia journalist based in Houston.

Gonzalez has been reporting news for more than 20 years in both TV and radio, many of those years in Dallas/Fort Worth, and New Orleans.

She interviewed civil rights activist Cesar Chavez early in her career; later covered the tragic kidnapping and murder of the child Amber Hagerman whose name is now known around the world through the Amber alert.

In New Orleans, Sandra also reported on the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina and the environmental disaster of the BP oil spill.

Sandra is an active member of both the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Through SPJ, Sandra has also been a co-advisor with the student newsroom project, EIJ News. Top journalism students from across the United States cover the Excellence in Journalism conference as reporters in an all-digital newsroom.

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Sam Greene (Seven Days of Heroin Through the Photojournalist’s Lens, 1:30 p.m.) is an award-winning staff photojournalist, videographer and drone pilot at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

In 2018 The Cincinnati Enquirer won a Pulitzer Prize in the local reporting category. The story "Seven Days of Heroin" was recognized by the Pulitzer board "for a riveting and insightful narrative and video documenting seven days of greater Cincinnati's heroin epidemic, revealing how the deadly addiction has ravaged families and communities." Sam contributed still, video and drone coverage to the project.

Prior to joining the staff of The Enquirer, Sam was the Coordinator of Photography for the Office of Student Life Marketing at Ohio State University, photojournalist at The Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio, and The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Cincinnati and has been working as a professional in the industry for nearly 10 years.

Sam is currently preparing for his July 2019 wedding and learning music in his free time. He is currently a board member of the Ohio News Photographers Association and a member of the National Press Photographers Association.

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Spencer Holladay (Creating Something Out of Nothing, 2:30 p.m.) is the Digital Design Lead for the USA TODAY Network who spends his day committing random acts of journalism.

Before venturing into the digital landscape, Spencer worked for the Louisville Design Studio overseeing the print design of papers like the Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer.  

Spencer enjoys critiquing the kerning of road signs and is fluent in Lorem Ipsum.

Contact Spencer at sholladay@gannett.com or on Twitter at @gotohelvetica.

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Kate Howard (Investigating the Undercovered Story, 10 a.m.) joined the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting in 2016 as a reporter, and became managing editor in July 2018.

Howard’s work has been the recipient of a national Investigative Reporters and Editors award and numerous state and regional awards.

She worked as a news reporter for nearly five years at The Tennessean, covering crime, courts and transportation. She also spent more than three years at the Florida Times-Union covering higher education, health and crime issues, and more than two years writing about higher education at the Omaha World-Herald.

Howard is originally from Rhode Island and graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. She is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY).

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Eleanor Klibanoff (Investigating the Undercovered Story, 10 a.m.) joined the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting in June 2017.

She previously worked at Keystone Crossroads, a public radio project covering urban decline and recovery in the Rust Belt. She was a Kroc Fellow at NPR and a recipient of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant to cover maternal healthcare in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Originally from Atlanta, Klibanoff graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in Political Communication. She lives in Louisville with her cat, Grover Cleveland.

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Jenni Laidman (Storytelling Techniques for Journalists, 10 a.m.) is a freelance writer who specializes in science and medicine, in addition to covering a wide variety of non-science topics and writing book reviews. Locally, her work appears in Louisville Magazine.

She's also been published in New York Magazine's online site, Vulture.com, the Chicago Tribune, Readers Digest, Scientific American Online and Scientific American Mind, among others.

She was published in Best Newspaper Writing 2000, is a former MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow and a past winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Writing Award. She also teaches journalism at the University of Louisville.

Adam Maksl (Tech Tools for Journalists, 11 a.m.) is an associate professor of journalism & media at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, where he teaches multimedia journalism and directs student media, including the Pacemaker Award-winning student newspaper and a brand new Internet radio station.

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Lucy May (Covering Poverty and Social Justice, 2:30 p.m.) is a reporter at WCPO 9 On Your Side. Her work focuses on issues of poverty, hunger and social justice. Lucy is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She worked as a newspaper reporter for 23 years before becoming a reporter at WCPO in 2013. Lucy lives in Fort Mitchell, Ky. She and her husband have two daughters.

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Ginny McCabe (Top Tips for Freelancers, 12 p.m.) is a bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, media professional, speaker and teacher. Her work may be seen in publications like Journal-News, Reuters and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her books have been published by Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins and Standard Publishing.

McCabe has spent decades covering topics like news, entertainment, real estate, business and faith-inspired themes. She serves as president of the Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, acts as the membership chair of SPJ’s Freelance Community and was named “Best Freelance Writer” in 2018. Ginny is also a member of Online News Association and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Her book with Dr. Jill Hubbard, Secrets Young Women Keep, was honored as an ECPA Silver Medallion winner and has been featured on the CBA Young Adult Bestseller Lists. Connect with Ginny at www.ginnymccabe.com and on Twitter @ginnymccabe

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Ben Meyerson (Facebook for Journalists, 10 a.m.) is a content editor on the Chicago Tribune's Audience team, where he sharpens the paper's digital coverage, engages on social media — and writes, too. He's also a leader of the Chicago Headline Club, the largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Cara Owsley (Seven Days of Heroin Through the Photojournalist’s Lens, 1:30 p.m.) is a national award-winning visual journalist/director of photography at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

In 2018 The Cincinnati Enquirer won a Pulitzer Prize in the local reporting category. The story "Seven Days of Heroin" was recognized by the Pulitzer board "for a riveting and insightful narrative and video documenting seven days of greater Cincinnati's heroin epidemic, revealing how the deadly addiction has ravaged families and communities." Cara was a photojournalist and photo editor for the project.

Prior to working for The Enquirer, Cara was a staff photojournalist at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi, and The Repository in Canton, Ohio. Cara has been in the industry for 23 years and has a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Western Kentucky University.  

Cara is a single mother with one daughter who is a freshman at Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis. Cara is an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Jacob Ryan (Investigative Audio, 9 a.m.) joined the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting in December 2017.

For three years prior, he worked as a WFPL News reporter and covered issues ranging from City Hall to transportation, public safety to housing. He is a recipient of a Peabody Award, a national Investigative Reporters and Editors award, a Sidney Award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation and numerous regional and local awards.

Ryan is originally from Eddyville, Kentucky. He’s a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Carina Smith (More Than a Brand: The Role of Student Media, 11 a.m.) is a junior studying journalism at DePaul University. Since high school, she has been involved with student media outlets and worked on all sides of the publishing process. Currently, Carina holds the position of news editor at her university's student-run publication, The DePaulia.

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Bailey Vandiver (More Than a Brand: The Role of Student Media, 11 a.m.) is a University of Kentucky junior studying journalism, English and political science. She began working at the Kentucky Kernel as a news writer at the beginning of her freshman year, then served as assistant news editor and news editor. She is the Kernel's 2018-19 editor-in-chief. Her hometown is Bowling Green, Kentucky.