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   (901) 321-7689
  aamorose@abc24.com
Alexis Amorose is a general assignment reporter for WPTV/WLMT-TV in Memphis, TN. She also has worked as a reporter and anchor at WBOC-TV in Salisbury, MD. In 2003, Amorose won first place in feature reporting from the Associated Press Mid-Atlantic region. She holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

   (916) 614-1962
  artemio_armenta@yahoo.com
Artemio Armenta is a news producer at KUVS 19 Univision TV in Sacramento, CA. Armenta is also the political producer of Voz y Voto, a weekly half-hour, statewide political talk show that airs every Saturday morning. He has been with Univision since 2002. Prior to joining Univision, Armenta served as a California Executive Fellow and worked at the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) for one year. In the fall of 2001, Armenta interned for the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui through the Panetta Public Policy Institute. Armenta is a member of the National Association for Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Radio & Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. in international relations and Hispanic studies from Brown University.

   (916) 321-3313
  mbrightwell@news10.net
Marcey Brightwell is a political reporter with KXTV News 10 in Sacramento, CA. Before coming to KXTV in 2001, she was a political correspondent and bureau chief at Capitol TV News (CTNS) in Sacramento and a reporter and anchor at Sacramento’s KRCR-TV. Brightwell is a member of the California Capitol Correspondents Association. She has received a Government Journalism award from the Center for California Studies. Brightwell holds a B.A. in government and journalism from California State University, Sacramento.

   (314) 644-7546
  betseybruce@fox2ktvi.com
Betsey Bruce is a general assignment reporter with KTVI-TV in St. Louis, MO. She also has worked as a reporter and anchor at St. Louis’ KMOV-TV (formerly KMOX-TV). During her 35-year career, Bruce has won numerous awards, including three St. Louis regional Emmy awards, two St. Louis Bar Association Gavel awards and a 1994 Clarion award for investigative reporting presented by Women in Communications, Inc. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and the League of Women Voters. Bruce holds a bachelor’s of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

   (818) 840-6689
  ted.chen@nbcuni.com
Ted Chen is a reporter and anchor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. He has also worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KGTV in San Diego, CA; KSEE-TV in Fresno, CA; and KRNV-TV in Reno, NV. While in San Diego, Chen won the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation best feature award. He has also won the San Diego Press Club’s Outstanding News Feature award and the Columbia School of Journalism award for outstanding race coverage. Chen is a member of the Radio & Television News Directors Association and is a board director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego.

   (407) 539-7899
  gfox@hearst.com
Greg Fox is a political reporter for WESH-TV (an NBC affiliate) in Orlando, FL. Before coming to WESH-TV in 1987, he worked as an anchor and reporter at both WYOU-TV in Scranton, PA., and at WGHP-TV in High Point, NC. Fox is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Suncoast Chapter and is the former president of the Central Florida Press Club. He has won many awards for his writing, including a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Suncoast Regional Emmy in 1998, a Radio & Television News Directors Association Investigative Journalism award in 1990, a Pennsylvania Associated Press Spot News award in 1987 and four first place awards from the Central Florida Press Club from 1988 through 1996. Fox holds a B.A. in communications and journalism from High Point University in North Carolina.

   (612) 330-2535
  jegilbertson@wcco.cbs.com
Joan Gilbertson is a senior producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, MN. She has also worked as a producer at both CBS News in New York and Twin Cities Public TV in Minneapolis, and as a reporter and producer at WKOW-TV in Madison, WI. Gilbertson has won two national Emmy awards, two local Emmy awards and the American Women in Television & Radio’s Gracie award. She is a board member of the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Gilbertson holds a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

   (970) 224-4444
  mhooker@cbs.com
Mike Hooker is a general assignment reporter for CBS’s KCNC-TV in Denver, CO. He is also an adjunct instructor of journalism at Colorado State University. Before coming to KCNC-TV in 1994, Hooker worked as a reporter at WSMV-TV in Nashville, TN; at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, TN; and at KSNF-TV in Joplin, MO. A member of the Colorado Broadcasters Association, he won Associated Press’s Best Spot News Coverage award in 1995 and was nominated for a Spot News Emmy one year later. He also won the Wirth Chair award from the University of Colorado-Denver for his documentary ‘Paradise Lost,’ a half-hour program about economic hardships in Colorado's mountain tourism economy. Hooker holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

   (415) 672-9174
  mark.matthews@abc.com
Mark Matthews is a political reporter with ABC’s KGO-TV in San Francisco. He has also reported for ABC’s KGTV in San Diego, CA; ABC’s KERO in Bakersfield, CA and NBC’s KSB4 in San Luis Obispo, CA. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Matthews has won several local Southern California Emmys and Golden Mic awards and the San Diego Press Club’s awards for Best Series and Best Investigative reporting. He holds a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Texas-Austin.

   (512) 917-2422
  lmcguire@kvue.com
Lee McGuire is a political reporter for KVUE-TV (ABC) in Austin, TX. He also has worked as an investigative reporter at KTVB-TV in Boise, ID, and as a reporter and anchor at KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO. In 2001, McGuire won the Idaho Press Club’s awards for Best Live Reporter and Best General News Report. He also won the Texas Associated Press’s awards for Best Specialty Reporter (political, 2004) and Best Reporter (overall) of 2003. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists. McGuire holds a graduate degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.A. in politics from Princeton University.

  nannette.miranda@abc.com
Nannette Miranda works for ABC’s O & O stations in California as the state capitol correspondent. Her reports can be seen on KABC-TV in Los Angeles, KGO-TV in San Francisco and KFSN-TV in Fresno, CA. She has also reported for WFTS-TV/ABC 28 in Tampa, FL and KOAT-TV/ABC 7 in Albuquerque, NM. She has won the Sunshine State Award for Best Foreign Reporting (2002) and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Best Spot News award (2003). Miranda holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley.

   (410) 568-1567
  dnesheiwat@sbgnet.com
Dina Nesheiwat is producer for The Point with Mark Hyman, a commentary program appearing daily on 36 television stations of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. It is in this capacity that she received three Telly awards for The Point’s coverage from the war zone in Iraq. Nesheiwat is a member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers and holds a B.A. degree in communications and journalism from Stetson University.

   (410) 372-2529
  towens8350@aol.com
Terry Owens is an anchor, reporter and public affairs host for WMAR-TV/ABC 2 in Baltimore, MD. He began his career at WGPR-TV in Detroit, MI and has also worked for WEYI-TV in Flint, MI; WXYZ-TV in Detroit and as a freelance reporter based in San Francisco. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a board member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Owens has won NABJ’s second place award for reporting, the NAACP’s Community Service award and the Black Engineers Outstanding Media award. He holds a B.A. in telecommunications from Michigan State University.

   (512) 531-8853
  arasmus@n8a.com
Alexandra (Allie) Rasmus is the government reporter and fill-in anchor for News-8 in Austin, TX. She has also worked for CNN and WDTV in Washington, DC; Univision's Mexico City bureau, and ABC's World News Tonight in Chicago. Rasmus is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society in journalism. In 2004, Rasmus won two Honorable Mentions from the Texas Associated Press. She holds an M.S. and B.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

   (914) 563-1433
  tdrosenblum@news12.com
Tara Rosenblum joined News 12 Westchester (NY) in the summer of 2004 as a political reporter and fill-in anchor. She has also reported for two NBC affiliates: WETM-TV in Corning/Elmira, NY, and KWWL-TV in eastern Iowa, and for CNN’s White House unit and CBS News during the 2000 presidential elections. Rosenblum has also worked as a travel writer for the Miami Herald. Rosenblum has received Knight-Ridder’s Silver Knight Award for excellence in journalism, and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, American Women in Radio & Television and the Radio & Television News Directors Association. Rosenblum holds a B.A. in journalism from George Washington University.

   (616) 559-1429
  pross@wzzm.gannett.com
Peter Ross has been producing daily broadcast journalism for the past 28 years, starting at his university radio station. He has been a reporter and anchor at WZZM-TV (ABC) in Grand Rapids, MI since 1986, with a special interest in government, politics and the economy. His professional career began at a small radio station in Springfield, VT. Ross later was a news director/anchor/producer/reporter at a small TV station in Hanover, NH. He is a member of the Radio & Television News Directors Association and the National Press Photographers Association. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

   (507) 288-7555
  lstimpson@kaaltv.com
Lindsey Stimpson joined KAAL-TV in Austin, MN, in June 2004 as a reporter and photographer. She covers Rochester and the surrounding areas. Before joining the “Six News First” team, Stimpson reported and anchored for NewsNet at Noon, in Provo, UT. Stimpson graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in political science and studied broadcast journalism at Brigham Young University. She specialized in race relations, politics in the media, and Spanish.

   (801) 975-4413
  chris@abc4.tv
Chris Vanocur is a political reporter for KTVX News in Salt Lake City, UT. He has also worked at KUTV News in Salt Lake City. Vanocur has won the George Foster Peabody award, the Columbia Dupont Silver Baton award and the Edward R. Murrow award for Investigative Reporting. Utah legislators also voted him their least favorite Capitol Hill reporter. Vanocur holds a B.S. in speech from Northwestern University.

 
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