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Rose Aguilar is a reporter and producer for KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, and a freelance writer for AlterNet and Bay Area BusinessWoman. She has worked as a reporter for CNET news.com and CNET radio, and as a part-time co-host and news panelist for KRCB 91.1 FM in Rohnert Park, CA. She has received a Radio-Television News Directors Association award for technology coverage and is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, San Francisco Women on the Web and Journalism and Women Symposium. Aguilar holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. Mary’s College of California.

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Tom Barton is editorial page editor for the Savannah Morning News, where he is responsible for the newspaper’s daily Opinion and Commentary pages. He has held this post since 1993, having joined the Morning News in 1978. Barton is a member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers and is on the board of the Savannah Arts Academy Foundation. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.

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Faith Bremner is a regional reporter for Gannett News Service based in Washington, DC. Before joining GNS, Bremner worked at the Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal. She also was a reporter for the Daily Sparks (NV) Tribune. She has won first and second place awards in Gannett’s Well Done contest. She has attended the National Press Foundation’s Paul Miller Fellowship. Bremner is a member of Regional Reporters Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Brian Bull is the assistant news director for Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, WI. Before coming to Wisconsin Public Radio, Bull was news director for South Dakota Public Radio, and for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association recently honored Bull for “Best Feature of 2005” for large market radio. He also has won numerous Native American Journalists Association awards, the Edward R. Murrow award for Best Writing (Regional) and for Best Documentary (National), and many others. Bull has attended many workshops including the Poynter Institute's newsroom leadership training, NPR's diversity initiative and PublicRadio News Directors Incorporated's Talk Show conference. He is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, the Radio-Television News Directors Association, NPR's Next Generation Project, and the Nez Perce tribe. Bull received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

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Michelle DeArmond is a reporter for The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, CA. Before joining The Press-Enterprise, DeArmond reported for The Associated Press, The Indianapolis (IN) Star and the Lawrence (KN) Journal-World. She won first and second place in the Native American Journalists Association ‘Best News Story’ (non-native) in 2003 and won three awards from the Inland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2002. She attended the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism’s Campaign Finance seminar and a Center for Responsive Politics Money in Politics seminar. DeArmond attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she received a bachelor’s of journalism.

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Electa Draper is a staff writer for The Denver (CO) Post. She began her career as a reporter and editor at The Durango (CO) Herald. Since 1990, Draper has won more than 20 writing awards from the Colorado Associated Press, Colorado Press Association, and the Inland Press Association. She has also attended numerous conferences and trainings sponsored by Poynter Institute and Associated Press. Draper holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Utah.

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Dan Gunderson is the bureau chief for Minnesota Public Radio in Moorhead, MN. He has covered rural issues for MPR since 1987. Gunderson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the National Headliner award, the Unity Awards in Media, the Silver Gavel award and a Gracie award. Gunderson is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He received his associate’s degree from Riverland Technical and Community College.

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Andy Harvey is a reporter for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, SD. He has also worked as a production assistant, reporter and fill-in anchor at KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, AZ. Harvey won second place in the Arizona Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards in 2004. He has attended the Native American Journalists Association fellowship, the Society of Environmental Journalists of Color fellowship and the Environmental Journalists Senior fellowship. Harvey holds a master’s degree in English rhetoric and composition and a bachelor’s of science degree in broadcast journalism from Northern Arizona University.

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Vanessa Hua is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. She began her career as a reporter with the Los Angeles Times and has also written for The Hartford (CN) Courant. Hua is vice-president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association She has participated in many workshops and training including the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism, a Southeast Asian study tour sponsored by AAJA, Poynter Institute’s ‘Telling the Untold Story’ and Maynard Institute’s ‘Total Community Coverage.’ Hua has also received The San Francisco Examiner, Chronicle and Hearst Corporation’s monthly newsroom awards. She is a founding member of The Chronicle's diversity committee, which works to improve hiring and coverage. Hua holds both a master’s degree in media studies and a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University.

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Jill Ingram is a reporter and photographer for the Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, a 60,000 circulation daily in the mountains of western North Carolina. She worked as copy editor, designer and assistant news editor at the Times-News in Hendersonville, NC, and was a reporter and photographer for The Tundra Drums in Bethel, AK, and Mountain Xpress in Asheville. She won second place for humorous columns from the N.C. Press Association in 2002 and third place in 2003. She received her bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

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Vik Jolly is the nation-world reporter for The Orange County Register in California. The Register named Jolly ‘Weekly Writer of the Year’ in 1993. He was a fellow at the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism’s seminar on Covering Immigration and one of six American journalists chosen to participate in the year-long Freedom Forum Asia Fellowships program at the University of Hawaii. He created the Asian community reporter beat at the paper. He holds a master’s degree in social sciences and a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton.

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Lynda Mapes has covered Northwest Native American tribes extensively as a reporter for The Seattle (WA) Times. She has also worked for WVIA-TV in Pennsylvania, the Carroll County Times in Westminster, MD, Prince George’s Journal in Lanham, MD, and the Spokesman (WA) Review. Mapes won the Gerald Loeb award in 1996, in addition to winning various other regional journalism awards. She has attended training and fellowships sponsored by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and the Knight Center Institute. She received a bachelor’s degree in political theory from Oberlin College.

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Lourdes Medrano is a staff writer for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, AZ. She has also worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic in Phoenix and The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, MN. Medrano is a member of the Arizona Press Club and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, whose annual conference workshops she attends. She has also attended fellowships sponsored by the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland as well as workshops at Columbia University. In 2003, Medrano won first place for an In-Depth Project on Somali refugees in Minnesota from the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists. She has also been honored with various project awards and fellowships from the Arizona Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Medrano holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in psychology from the University of Arizona.

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Kari Neumeyer is a reporter for The Olympian newspaper in Olympia, WA. Before coming to The Olympian, she worked as a reporter for the Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon, WA, and, earlier, as news editor for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Neumeyer received an honorable mention in the 2004 Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism competition for a business feature she wrote for the Skagit Valley Herald. She also contributed to a series on Latino culture in Skagit County, which won second place in Society of Professional Journalists comprehensive coverage category. Neumeyer is a member of the Journalism & Women Symposium, and has attended numerous professional development conferences including the Poynter National Writers’ Workshop and the Southern California Writers’ Conference. She received her master’s degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and her bachelor’s degree in Critical Studies in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California.

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John Stearns is a business reporter for The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, AZ. Stearns has also worked for the Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal, the Tahoe (NV) Daily Tribune and the Dead Mountain Echo in Oakridge, OR. Stearns has won awards from the Nevada Press Association, the Reno Gazette-Journal and California Newspaper Publishers Association. The Reno Media Press Club named him the Alfred L. Higginbotham Media Person of the Year in 2000. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and has attended their trainings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.

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Marissa Stone covers the northern region and eight northern tribes for The (Santa Fe) New Mexican. She has also worked as a reporter for the Rio Grande Sun in northern New Mexico. She has attended workshops sponsored by the Poynter Institute and the UNITY Journalists of Color Conference, in addition to taking many in-house writing classes at The New Mexican. Stone was part of the staff that was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in June, 2004. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and New Mexico Press Women. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida International University.

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Adam Tanner is bureau chief for Reuters in San Francisco. Tanner began his career writing the first three editions of Frommer's Guidebook to Eastern Europe and Yugoslavia. He has also worked for The (Nashville) Tennessean, The Moscow Times, and as a Reuters correspondent all over the world. He has attended several Reuters trainings and given training seminars to journalists working in Mongolia, Romania and Lithuania with the International Federation of Journalists. He holds a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree from Columbia College.

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Jeffrey Tuttle is a special projects reporter for the Bangor (ME) Daily News. Tuttle also worked for the Ellsworth American in Maine. He is a member of the Maine Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has been honored with three first place awards from the Maine Press Association and a second place award in 2004 from the New England AP Newspaper Executives Association. Tuttle holds two bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism from the University of Maine.

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Angie Wagner is the western regional writer for The Associated Press, specializing in major spot, human-interest and trend stories throughout the American West. Wagner, who holds a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University, joined the AP in 1995 in Oklahoma City, and in 1996, transferred to Las Vegas. She was named the Western regional writer in December 2002 and has attended the Nieman Foundation's Conference on Narrative Journalism.

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Brooke Williams is a metro staff writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Before joining The Union-Tribune, she worked as a writer for the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC, where she won the George Polk Award for Internet Reporting and wrote a chapter in a New York Times best seller. She was a panelist at the 2003 Investigative Reporters and Editors annual conference in Washington, DC and has participated in many IRE conferences, both regional and national, as well as multiple training sessions with The Union-Tribune. Williams is a member of IRE, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Committee of Concerned Journalists. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"Thank you, Vikki! This was the most intellectual, practical, and interesting seminar I've attended! It was extremely well-organized, too. The past year in Cincinnati has been truly exhausting and draining. But after these last few days, I am re-energized, and feel like I'm bringing back practical tools to my team and co-editors. The setting was just fabulous... I'm not sure how you did it this time around, but the mix of journalists was fabulous."
- Annie-Laurie Blair, Cincinnati Enquirer
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