Conference Highlights


Super Session: On The Road with Steve Hartman: Lessons in Unique Storytelling

Super Session: Friday, Sept. 28, Noon-1 p.m.
Open to all attendees

Join us for an interactive session with CBS News “On The Road” Correspondent Steve Hartman. Steve is one of Americas best story tellers. He’s well respected in all corners of journalism. Hear Steve describe how he finds, writes and edits his stories, as he breaks down some of your favorites. He’ll have lessons we can all learn no matter what your market size or your role in the newsroom.

Each Friday on The CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor, Steve Hartman’s “On The Road” segment brings viewers moving stories with extraordinary people. “On The Road" is modeled after the long-running, legendary series of the same name originally reported by one of America's greatest TV storytellers, the late CBS newsman Charles Kuralt.

Hartman is also well known for his multiple award-winning feature series, "Everybody Has a Story." Hartman proved the adage by tossing a dart at a map of America and then randomly picking an interview subject from the local phone book. Debuting in 1998, and continuing for the next seven years, Hartman produced more than 120 such pieces. In 2010, Hartman reprised the series on a global scale. In partnership with NASA, each "Everybody in the World Has a Story" segment began with an astronaut in the International Space Station spinning a globe and pointing to random locations for Hartman to travel and find a story. In one month's time, Hartman went around the world twice.

In his career, Steve has collected scores of accolades including a DuPont-Columbia University award, three national Emmy’s and nine RTNDA/Edward R. Murrow awards.


RTDNA to honor Bill Whitaker and Pete Williams at EIJ Super Session

Super Session: Friday, Sept. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Open to all attendees

Reception: Friday, Friday, Sept. 28, 5:30-7 p.m. | $45   Purchase tickets

RTDNA will present CBS News “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker with its Paul White Award at its annual Honoring a Lifetime of Excellence in Journalism super session. The Paul White Award, RTDNA’s highest honor, is named for the first news director of CBS and recognizes a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of broadcast and digital journalism.

Since joining “60 Minutes” in 2014, Whitaker’s reporting has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East, including a timely investigation of the vetting process Syrian refugees undergo before coming to the U.S. and an interview with the highest ranking North Korean official to defect in decades. Domestically, his award-winning stories have provided keen insights into the hot-button issue of race and policing in America with his reports from Cleveland, Chicago and most recently, Tulsa, Okla., where he got the news-making first interview with the city police officer accused of manslaughter for shooting an unarmed black man.

At the same event, RTDNA also will present NBC News’ Pete Williams with its 2018 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award. Named for the founder and first president of RTDNA, the award recognizes an individual's contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press. Williams is NBC News’ justice correspondent, covering the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In his 25 years of reporting for NBC News, Williams has covered the Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen spy cases, the Unabomber investigation, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Olympic bombing and search for Eric Rudolph, the Clinton impeachment proceedings, the courtroom wrangling over the 2000 Florida election results, the federal government's massive investigative response to the 9/11 terror attacks, and the legal battles over the Obama administration's health care law.

The super session is open to all registered attendees. A cocktail reception will immediately follow the super session. Tickets to the reception are $45 and can be purchased online while registering for the conference.


Opening Night Reception, sponsored by CNN Newsource

Thursday, Sept. 27, 8-10 p.m. | Open to all attendees (badge required)

CNN Newsource is hosting the journalism party of the year at M&T Bank Stadium — home to the Baltimore Ravens. Whether you’re a fan of football, or just want a fun night to reconnect with colleagues and friends, you’re sure to have a good time at EIJs signature event. Join us as we officially kick off the conference with music, cocktails and a picture perfect view of the city. M&T Bank Stadium is a short 10-minute walk from the hotel.


Super Session: Midterm Elections in the Era of Trump

Thursday, Sept. 27, 4-5 p.m.

With all the talk of a coming “blue wave,” or, in the mind of President Trump, a possible “red wave” in the 2018 midterm elections, what are journalists to make of it all? In this session, you can benefit from the wisdom of some of the nation’s most notable political analysts. Will the House and/or Senate flip? Will the president’s efforts to help elect candidates ideologically aligned with him work? Is the nation once again about to have divided government, and what will that mean for the next two years? Attend this session to get some of the best insight possible on those questions and more.

John Dickerson, co-Host of CBS This Morning, will be moderating the panel.

Moderator: John Dickerson, Co-Host, CBS This Morning

Panelists: Amy Walter, National Editor, Cook Political Report; Anthony Salvanto, Ph.D., Director of Elections and Surveys, CBS News; Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA TODAY

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John Dickerson, Co-Host, CBS This Morning
John Dickerson (@jdickerson) is co-host of CBS This Morning. Dickerson joined CBS This Morning in January 2018. Prior to that, he was CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent and anchor of “Face The Nation.” Dickerson is also a contributor to Slate’s “Political Gabfest” and a contributing editor to The Atlantic.

Dickerson joined CBS News in April 2009, as an analyst and contributor. For the last six years he has been the network’s Political Director and has been moderator of Face the Nation since June 2015. During the 2016 presidential campaign he moderated CBS News’ two presidential debates and as host of Face the Nation interviewed each of the major candidates multiple times.

Dickerson has been a reporter in Washington since 1995, covering the White House, Congress and economics. From 2005 to 2015, he was Slate Magazine’s Chief Political Correspondent. A 2010 long-form series on risk profiled current Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Before Slate, Dickerson covered politics for 12 years for Time magazine. During his last four years, he was the magazine’s White House correspondent, covering the presidency of George W. Bush. He has covered the last six presidential campaigns and hosts a twice-monthly podcast, “Whistlestop,” which chronicles great moments in presidential history.

A native Washingtonian, he graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a specialty in American Studies. His mother, Nancy Dickerson, was CBS News’ first female correspondent. Dickerson is the author of On Her Trail (Simon and Schuster), a book about his mother. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History (Twelve Books). He is the recipient of the Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and the David Broder award for political reporting.

Amy Walter, National Editor, Cook Political Report
Amy Walter (@amyewalter) is the National Editor at the non-partisan Cook Political Report, Host of The Takeaway's Politics with Amy Walter, and a regular contributor to the PBS NewsHour, where she offers her perspective weekly on "Politics Monday." Known as one of the most insightful political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News, and appears regularly on NBC's Meet The Press, CBS' Face The Nation, and FOX News' Special Report with Bret Baier.

Amy has contributed to election night coverage and analysis since 1998 and was a member of CNN’s Emmy-award winning election night team in 2006. Named one of the “Top 50 Journalists” by Washingtonian magazine, Amy was lauded as one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics of Washington. She also won the Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award for her spot-on election predictions in 2000, and has been frequently quoted as a congressional election expert in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times.

Amy was an inaugural fellow at the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, where she now serves on the IOP Board of Advisors. She graduated summa cum laude from Colby College, earned an honorary degree as a Doctor of Letters, and now serves as a Trustee Emeritus to the Board.

Anthony Salvanto, Ph.D., Director of Elections and Surveys, CBS News
Anthony Salvanto, Ph.D (@SalvantoCBS) is CBS News' director of Elections and Surveys. He oversees all polling across the nation, states and congressional races, and heads the CBS News Decision Desk that estimates outcomes on election nights. Salvanto appears regularly across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.

At CBS News, Salvanto covered the 2016 election with regular state polling with the Battleground Tracker surveys, the most comprehensive look at the state by state races that CBS News had done to that point. He covered the 2014 and 2010 midterm campaigns, the Presidential races of 2012, 2008 and 2004, and the primary races those years in Iowa, New Hampshire and across the country. He has done polling and written on topics ranging from the Iraq war, to health care, immigration, the stock market crash and subsequent recession and Americans' reactions, as well as on various voter groups, and partisanship.

Salvanto helped deploy new modeling and interviewing methods for elections and polling at CBS News including online interviewing, list-based sampling and the use of cell phones. He first joined CBS News in 2002 as Manager of Surveys.

Anthony earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, and B.A. at Tufts University. He is the author of "Where Did You Get This Number: A Pollster's Guide to Making Sense of the World" and his scholarly writings have appeared in research journals and edited volumes, as well as various academic conference papers, covering topics on voting behavior and sampling techniques.

Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA TODAY
Susan Page (@SusanPage) is the Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. She has covered six White House administrations and 10 presidential elections.

Her new book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, is being published by Twelve Books (Hachette) in April 2019.

Susan has interviewed the past nine presidents (three after they left office) and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. As a reporter — first for Newsday and then for USA TODAY — she drove to Three Mile Island hours after the nuclear mishap was reported, traveled across Southeast Asia to chronicle the exodus of Vietnamese ‘boat people,’ and interviewed physicist Stephen Hawking through his computerized ‘voice.’

She has won every journalism award given specifically for coverage of the White House. She twice was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. The White House Correspondents Association has honored her with the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for Deadline Reporting on the Presidency and with the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award, given for excellence in coverage of the White House. She was a member of a team that won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington Correspondence. In 2017, she received the Excellence in Journalism Award from the American News Women’s Club.

She has served as president of the White House Correspondents Association, chairman of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, and president of the Gridiron Club, the oldest association of journalists in Washington. She twice has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, she received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where she was editor-in-chief of The Daily Northwestern. She received a master’s degree from Columbia University, where she was a Pulitzer Fellow. She is married to Carl Leubsdorf, a columnist with The Dallas Morning News. They have two sons, Ben and Will.


Super Session: The #MeToo Movement

Friday, Sept. 28, 8-9 a.m.

With yet another media mogul — Les Moonves of CBS — dismissed after allegations of sexual misconduct, join for a timely conversation about the #MeToo movement. It’s one of the most consequential ongoing stories of our time. It started in the movie business, with the Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey scandals, but quickly expanded into our sphere. The sexual assault and harassment allegations against CBS News anchor Charlie Rose, “Today Show” co-host Matt Lauer and others like Moonves have redefined how journalists cover this critical topic. But it also prompts the question: Has anything really changed? In this session we confront the nature of reporting stories that struggle to depict an endemic and toxic culture. Learn how to pursue and expose these topics in a responsible manner.

Moderator: Debra Adams Simmons, executive editor, National Geographic

Panelists: Amy Brittain, investigative reporter, The Washington Post; Anna North, senior reporter, Vox; Debra Katz, founding partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP

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Debra Adams Simmons, executive editor, National Geographic
Debra Adams Simmons is Executive Editor — Culture at National Geographic. A 2016 fellow of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, Debra spent seven years as the managing editor and editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland before joining the newspaper’s parent company, Advance Local, as a vice president in 2014. A 30-year news veteran, Debra has extensive reporting, editing and senior news management experience. She spent four years as the editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and worked as an editor or reporter at The Virginian-Pilot, The Detroit Free Press, The Hartford Courant and the Syracuse Herald-Journal. Debra was president of the Associated Press Media Editors in 2014 and a former member of the board of directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation. She currently serves on the board of directors of the American Society of News Editors.

Amy Brittain, investigative reporter, The Washington Post
Amy Brittain (@AmyJBrittain), an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, teamed up with reporter Irin Carmon to break the news of sexual harassment by television host Charlie Rose. In 2017, Brittain and Carmon were awarded the Mirror Award from Syracuse University for reporting on sexual misconduct in the media and were named finalists for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. In 2016, Brittain was part of a team of Post reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize for chronicling fatal shootings by police officers across the country. Before joining The Post, she was the winner of the George Polk Award for exposing rampant use of anabolic steroids by police officers in New Jersey.

Debra Katz, founding partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP
Recognized as "Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year" for Washington, D.C. by The Best Lawyers In America for 2018, as one of the “toughest” employment lawyers in Washington, D.C. by Washingtonian magazine, and as an expert in sexual harassment, employment, and whistleblower law by The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME magazine and others, Debra S. Katz has been successfully litigating employment discrimination, civil rights, and whistleblower protection cases for over 30 years.

Ms. Katz is a founding partner of Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, where she concentrates her practice on employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Sarbanes-Oxley, corporate, environmental and other whistleblower retaliation claims, SEC whistleblower tips, and contractual employment disputes.

Anna North, senior reporter, Vox
Anna North is a senior reporter for Vox, covering gender issues, reproductive rights, workplace discrimination, LGBTQ rights, masculinity, femininity, and more. She went to Vox from The New York Times, where she held several positions, including as a member of the editorial board. She also is the author of two novels, America Pacifica (2011) and The Life and Death of Sophie Stark (2015).


Camden Yards Tour

Friday, Sept. 28 | $10

Oriole Park revolutionized baseball when it debuted on Opening Day 1992. Now's your chance to go behind the scenes of this historic ballpark and learn more about how it has continued to change the baseball fan's experience ever since.

Come see Oriole Park at Camden Yards from a whole new perspective. Enjoy the charm of the ballpark from club level suites, the press level and even the Orioles dugout.

Join your friends at EIJ Friday, Sept. 28, for the Camden Yards Tour. $10 per ticket.

Each tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. More information is available on the Orioles' website.


Putting the “new” back in news: Experiments in local TV innovation

Thursday Sept. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

A new generation of news consumers shows no sign of watching the 5, 6, or 11 — ever. That poses a stark challenge to local TV news as we know it: re-invent yourself, or fade into irrelevance. Now a group of researchers at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, with support from the Knight Foundation, has begun studying the best examples of stations and groups trying to make meaningful changes on both broadcast and digital platforms — and we want to hear from you. Come share a drink (first one's on us!), check the buzz words at the door, and join a free-wheeling conversation. Open to alZ.


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