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   (914) 694-5064
  jax@thejournalnews.com
JOSEPH AX is a reporter for The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y. Ax has also worked as a reporter for The York (PA) Dispatch, The York (PA) Sunday News and The Journal (CT) Inquirer. He is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and attended their East Coast mini-conference earlier this year. Ax holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University.

   (928) 871-7357
  jasonbegay@navajotimes.com
JASON BEGAY is an education reporter for The Navajo Times in Window Rock, AZ. Begay has also worked for The Oregonian in Portland, OR. He was a James P. Reston fellow at The New York Times in 2002, and a Newslab student reporter with the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2001. Begay attended several in-house workshops and seminars while at The Oregonian. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana School of Journalism.

   (303) 892-5261
  browne@rockymountiannews.com
ERIC BROWN is the deputy city editor for the Rocky Mountain (CO) News in Denver, where he leads a team of City Hall reporters. He has also worked at the Greeley (CO) Tribune, Corpus Christi (TX) Caller-Times and Abilene (TX) Reporter-News. He has attended Poynter Institute’s New Leaders in the Newsroom seminar, University of Maryland Knight Center’s seminar for Education Editors and Supervisors, and American Press Institute’s seminar, “City and Metro Editors: Leading a Reader-Driven Newsroom.” In 1993, he was named an Outstanding Graduate by Colorado State University’s journalism department and the local chapter of Society of Professional Journalists. Brown holds a degree in journalism from Colorado State University

   (413) 377-1175
  schan@wwlp.com
SHIRLEY CHAN is a reporter and anchor for WWLP-TV in Springfield, MA. Before joining WWLP-TV, she worked as a producer for NBC’s Today Show and as a researcher for NBC News and NBC Sports. In 2003, she participated in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program. She has been a member of NBC’s Diversity Committee and is currently a member of Asian American Journalists Association. Chan holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University.

   (515) 699-7058
  jclayworth@dmreg.com
JASON CLAYWORTH is city government reporter for the Des Moines (IA) Register. He began his reporting career at The Record-Herald and Indianola (IA) Tribune. In 2003, Clayworth won the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Outstanding Young Iowa Journalist award. He has also won five Best of the Register awards from the Des Moines Register. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism/news editorial with a minor in English from Drake University.

   (301) 738-1580
  craigt@washpost.com
TIM CRAIG is a metro reporter for The Washington Post. Before coming to The Post in 2003, Craig worked as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. In 2000, Craig won The Baltimore Association of Black Media Professionals’ Best News Story contest. He attended Poynter Institute’s “Using the Internet as a Reporting Tool” seminar in 2002. Craig was a fellow at the Center for Study of Presidency and is member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Maryland Legislative Correspondents Association. He attended Georgetown University’s Institute on Political Journalism and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Gannon University.

   (651) 298-1541
  crosby@startribune.com
JACKIE CROSBY is a city hall reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, MN. Before coming to the Tribune, Crosby worked as special projects producer for KSTP-TV (MN) and for Ivanhoe Communications (MN), and as a reporter and copy editor for the Orlando(FL) Sentinel. Crosby won a Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for Specialized Reporting. The Minnesota chapters of The Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists have also recognized her writing. She has been a speaker at the Urban Journalism workshop and is currently a member of SPJ. Crosby received a master’s of business administration from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.

   (408) 275-0917
  acdavis@mercurynews.com
AARON DAVIS is a city hall reporter for The San Jose (CA) Mercury News. He has also reported for Florida Today and USA Today. Davis was a Mercury News Pulitzer nominee in 2005. He has won numerous awards, most recently for best technology story from the Peninsula Press Club (2004), second-place for best business/financial story (2004) and second-place for public service (2002) from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In 2003, he was a Livingston Award finalist. Davis has attended the University of Maryland Knight Center's seminar on aviation security. He has reported from Europe, the Mideast and Southeast Asia for Knight Ridder's Washington Bureau. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in American government from Georgetown University.

   (817) 685-3932
  jdeleon@startelegram.com
JESSICA DeLEÓN is a reporter for the Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram. She has also written for The Monitor (TX) and the Denton (TX) Record-Chronicle. In 2003, she won the School Bell award for Outstanding Feature Story from the Texas State Teachers Association and an honorable mention for Managing Editors, short features from the Texas Associated Press. She attended a National Writers Workshop in 2000. DeLeón is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Association for Hispanic Journalists, and the former secretary of the Association for Women Journalists. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Angelo State University.

   (559) 735-3200
  pednalin@visalia.gannett.com
PERCY EDNALINO is a general assignment reporter for the Visalia (CA) Times-Delta. He has also reported for The Bakersfield Californian and The Denver Post. Ednalino won the Columbia University Gold Circle Award in 1999 for best in-depth news/feature story. He attended Bakersfield College and Arizona State University.

   (215) 854-5255
  einhorn@phillynews.com
ERIN EINHORN is a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News where she covers government, politics and public corruption. She began her career reporting for The Philadelphia Inquirer and has done freelance work for Fortune and the public radio program This American Life. Einhorn also was part of the team that won first place for breaking news from the Society of Professional Journalists, Pennsylvania in 2003. She has attended the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting conference, a business reporting investigative seminar and numerous Investigative Reporters and Editors workshops. Einhorn is also the author of a recently completed work of narrative non-fiction about a year spent tracking down the family that hid her mother during the Holocaust. Einhorn is vice president of the Pen & Pencil Club, the oldest press club in the nation. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

   (910) 343-2328
  Patrick.gannon@starnewsonline.com
PATRICK GANNON is the city hall reporter for the Wilmington (NC) Star-News. He began his career at the Star-News as assistant city editor and previously reported for the Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch. In 2004, Gannon received the New York Times Company Chairman’s award for reporting from Iraq. He has also received three New York State Associated Press awards, and two Gannett Well Done awards. He attended Poynter Institute’s Planning Your Election Coverage seminar and Leadership for New Leaders seminar, Investigative Reporters and Editors 2004 annual conference and the University of North Carolina’s Journalism and Trauma seminar. Gannon is a member of IRE. He holds a degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from Kent State University.

   (407) 420-5198
  jrgarcia@orlandosentinel.com
JASON GARCIA is the Orange County government reporter for the Orlando (FL) Sentinel. Garcia won the Orlando Sentinel editorial excellence award in September and October 2003. While a student, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association recognized him as an Outstanding Senior. Garcia has attended three National Writers Workshops, a public records workshop, and numerous internal training seminars at the Sentinel. He is a member of the National Association of Young Journalists. Garcia holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.

   (215) 854-2338
  mgelbart@phillynews.com
MARCIA GELBART is the city hall bureau chief for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She began her career as the managing editor of the Queens (NY) Tribune and has also worked at The Hill (Washington D.C.) and the Palm Beach (FL) Post. Gelbart received an honorable mention from the Keystone Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (2004), and first place for a staff entry from SPJ's investigative reporting. In 2004 she was named one of the "Best Urban Reporters." from Civic Strategies. She attended the Knight Center's Airlines and Airports seminar in 2002. She is the secretary of the Philadelphia Pen & Pencil Club and a founding member and former chairman of the National Press Club's Young Members Committee. Gelbart holds a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester.

   (619) 293-1335
  matthew.hall@uniontrib.com
MATTHEW HALL is a San Diego City Hall reporter for The San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune. He began his daily journalism career at the Concord (NH) Monitor. Hall has received several local, state and national Union-Tribune staff awards and won the newspaper's November 2004 U-TEAM award for journalistic excellence. Earlier this year, Hall was a finalist for the James S. Copley Ring of Truth award. He holds a bachelor's degree in English/journalism from the University of New Hampshire, where he graduated magna cum laude.

   (303) 820-1593
  khudson@denverpost.com
KRIS HUDSON is a city hall reporter for The Denver Post. He has also reported for the Longmont (CO) Daily Times-Call, the Stuart/Port St. Lucie (FL) News, The Palm Beach (FL) Post, The Daily Camera (CO) and The Rocky Mountain (CO) News. The Colorado Press Association, Colorado Associated Press and First Amendment Funding's Best of the West contest have all recognized and awarded Hudson's writing. He also won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers project writing contest in 2002, and was awarded first place for investigative business reporting by the Society of Professional Journalists Best of Colorado in 2001. Hudson holds a bachelor's degree in news editorial journalism with a minor in economics from the University of Colorado.

   (201) 646-4316
  joseph@northjersey.com
CHRISTINA JOSEPH is an assignment editor for The Record in Hackensack, NJ. She has also worked as a reporter for The Record and The Jersey Journal. She was part of The Jersey Journal staff that won Story of the Year in the New Jersey Press Association’s Better Newspapers contest in 2002, and first place in breaking news (under 60,000) for their coverage of the September 11 attacks. Joseph was also selected as one of “50 women you should know” by the YWCA of Montclair-North Essex in 1997. Joseph is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the former president and vice president of the Hudson County Newspaper Guild. She has attended numerous in–house trainings at The Record and will participate in Associated Press Managing Editor’s Leadership Development workshop later this year. Joseph holds a master’s degree from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College.

   (972) 436-5551, ext. 2004
  kkrause@dallasnews.com
KEVIN KRAUSE is a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. He has also worked at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He won first place for in-depth news reporting from the Florida Press Association in 1995, the Mark of Excellence award from Society of Professional Journalists in 1996, the State Bar of Texas Gavel award in 2004 and the Katie award for best general news story in 2004. Krause has attended the National Center for Business Journalism’s business journalism workshop, the Nieman conference on narrative journalism and five National Writers workshops. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Krause received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

   (859) 231-1335
  mku@herald-leader.com
MICHELLE KU is the city hall reporter for the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader. She has also worked for the Merced (CA) Sun-Star and the Cupertino (CA) Courier. Ku has won numerous Kentucky Press Association awards including first place for best on-going/ extended coverage in 2003. She also won second place in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s public service award in 1999 and the city of Cupertino’s responsible journalism award in 1998. She has attended numerous in-house trainings at the Herald-Leader in addition to workshops sponsored by Knight-Ridder, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Asian American Journalists Association. She is a member of AAJA. Ku holds a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.

   (212) 621-1670
  skugler@ap.org
SARA KUGLER covers New York City Hall for The Associated Press. Professional recognition has included winning The Associated Press Managing Editors John L. Dougherty award in 2003 and selection as the New York Press Club Reporter of the Year in 2002. She has attended AP’s competitive reporting workshop and Georgetown University’s Institute on Political Journalism. Kugler holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College.

   (801) 257-8723
  hmay@sltrib.com
HEATHER MAY is city hall reporter for The Salt Lake (UT) Tribune. She has also reported for the Standard-Examiner in nearby Ogden. May won first place in 2001 in the Society for Professional Journalist's Utah Excellence in Journalism award. She also won second place in SPJ's Utah Chapter comprehensive reporting award in 2003, and second place in the Utah-Idaho Associated Press' outstanding achievement in general reporting award in 2004. She has attended a National Association for Business Journalism training, in-house trainings on features writing and a National Writers workshop. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. May holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah.

   (757) 222-5217
  Robert.McCabe@pilotonline.com
ROBERT McCABE, JR. is a staff writer at The Virginian-Pilot. He has also worked at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. McCabe shared in the 2003 Virginia Press Association’s Public Service award (staff). In 2001 he won second place in the Virginia Press Association’s Investigative Reporting competition. McCabe is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and attended their national conference in 2004. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree in humanities from State University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Fordham University.

   (206) 448-8029
  kathymulady@seattlepi.com
KATHY MULADY is city government reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Before being assigned to the city hall beat, she was a business reporter covering retail including Amazon.com, Starbucks and Nordstrom. She also has written for the Red Bluff (CA) Daily News, the Idaho Statesman and The Spokesman-Review in Washington. From 1994 to 1996, Mulady wrote, edited and published her own monthly neighborhood newspaper, The Indian Trail Times. Mulady holds a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University.

   (509) 582-1535
  mnemeth@tri-cityherald.com
MIKE NEMETH is the assistant city editor for the Tri-City (WA) Herald. He has reported for the Alaska Journal of Commerce, the Anchorage Times and the Skagit Valley (WA) Herald. He has attended the American Press Institute's Editors of Small Dailies seminar and worked two summers at a Seattle University workshop as a mentor editor teaching minority high school students how to be journalists. Nemeth holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Alaska.

   (561) 243-6641
  lfperez@sun-sentinel.com
LUIS F. PEREZ is a reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He has also reported for The Post-Standard in Syracuse, NY. Perez has won the New York Rural Housing Coalition award for community service (2002), the Syracuse Press Club award for best daily investigative story (2001), the New York Newspaper Publishers Association award for distinguished investigative reporting (2000-01) and the New York State Associated Press award for investigative reporting (2001). Perez is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has attended both of their national conferences in addition to numerous in-house writing workshops at the Sun-Sentinel. Perez holds a master’s degree in journalism from Colombia University and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

   (480) 385-7512
  Chris.Ramirez@araizonarepublic.com
CHRISTOPHER RAMÍREZ is a reporter at The Arizona Republic. He has also worked at The Hanford (CA) Sentinel, the Minot (ND) Daily News, The Bakersfield Californian and the Albuquerque Journal. Ramírez has won first place in the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors’ continuous coverage award (2004) and spot news coverage award (2004), third place in the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s continuous coverage competition (1998) and third place in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s news feature competition (1996). He is co-founder of the Central Valley chapter of the California Chicano News Media Association, and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Arizona Latino Media Association. Ramírez holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

   (901) 529-6515
  oliverstaley@hotmail.com
OLIVER STALEY is a reporter at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, TN, where he covered the Mississippi state legislature and now covers the casino industry as part of a general assignment beat. He has also worked at The Spokesman-Review (WA), where he covered city hall and business, the Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle, where he covered sports, and Shoshone-News Press in Idaho (where he covered everything). Staley holds a master's degree in journalism and bachelor's degree in history from Columbia University.

   (770) 263-3644
  dstanford@ajc.com
DUANE STANFORD is a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Since beginning his career in 1992, he has attended multiple Poynter Institute and National Writers workshops, and a Computer-Assisted Reporting boot camp given by the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting. He is a member of the Atlanta Press Club and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Stanford holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the Oglethorpe University.

   (415) 954-7483
  Carolyn.tyler@abc.com
CAROLYN TYLER CAROLYN TYLER is an anchor and reporter at KGO-TV in San Francisco, CA. Before coming to KGO-TV in 1986, Tyler worked at KTBC-TV in Austin, TX, KYW News radio in Philadelphia and KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. She has received numerous community awards and been nominated for two Emmy awards. Tyler is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Bay Area Association of Black Journalists and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wyoming.

   (661) 395-7368
  gwenner@bakersfield.com
GRETCHEN WENNER covers county government for The Bakersfield Californian. In addition to investigative and beat reporting, she introduced new elements to the paper including a weekly "Oddly Enough" column that highlights absurdities in local government and the Californian's first major online multimedia package about hot-rod fanatics. She has also worked for The Business Journal where she was a lead reporter. Wenner was a finalist for the George F. Gruner Award in 2002 and was named Central California Small Business Writer of the Year 2001 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is a member of IRE and holds a bachelor's degree from University of California at Santa Barbara.

 
What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity to stop and think about the issues and stories we cover on a daily, hectic basis. I will take this back with me and share it with my colleagues in the newsroom. At a time of diminishing resources in our workplaces, this seminar and more like these are invaluable. "
- Bernadette Pardo, Noticias 23 Miami
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