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Michele Day 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 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 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 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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Sam Greene 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Cara Owsley 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 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.