Highlights from ivoh’s 2015 Restorative Narrative Summit
PLEASE NOTE: Our 2015 summit took place from June 25-28. We welcome you to take a look at the articles, videos, essays, and photos that emerged from it. In early August, we will post more information about our upcoming events.
We’d like to invite you to register for our annual media summit in the Catskill Mountains of New York. This year’s summit will focus on Restorative Narrative – a term we coined to describe a genre of stories that show how people and communities are learning to rebuild and recover in the aftermath or midst of difficult times.
We’ll explore examples of Restorative Narrative and hear from speakers who will share insights about the importance and impact of this storytelling genre.
When will the summit be held? The summit will be held from the morning of Thursday, June 25, through the morning of Sunday, June 28. We’ll begin Thursday with a day-long retreat intended to give attendees a chance to decompress, engage in thoughtful dialogue, and reflect on the work they do. We’ll hear from speakers Friday morning through Saturday evening, and we’ll end the summit Saturday night with our annual awards ceremony. Sunday morning will be reserved for breakfast and departures.
Where will it be held? The summit will take place at Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center in Haines Falls, New York. Here are transportation details that explain how to get to and from Peace Village.
How can I register? You can register by clicking here or by filling out the form below. Registration is free, although we welcome voluntary donations. We consider the summit to be our gift to the media community and support the costs through voluntary contributions. If you’d like to “pay it forward,” as many in the past have done, you can make a secure, tax-deductible donation to ivoh via our website. If you’d prefer to donate via check, please email ivoh managing director Mallary Tenore. Peace Village provides food and lodging and also accepts voluntary donations. If you choose to make a donation to Peace Village to help cover the cost of food and lodging, you can do so on-site at the summit. **Please note that if you register after May 28, you may need to stay in a triple, unless we get some cancellations. You can also stay off-site at a local hotel or B&B. Please contact us if you have any questions.**
Why should I go? The ivoh summit is unlike any other media conference or event. Each year, the summit attracts media professionals from a range of media fields — journalism, photography, documentary film, gaming, advertising, and the arts. The summit, which incorporates reflection and dialogue, offers attendees a chance to meet people from around the world who share a passion for storytelling and care about the impact that media has on people and communities. Some have called it “inspiring,” “thought-provoking,” and even “life-changing.” You can read more testimonials here.
Who will be speaking? Our speakers include documentary filmmakers, journalists, photographers, gamers, artists, and others whose work in media is effecting positive change. Six of our speakers are involved in our Restorative Narrative Fellows Program.
What does the schedule consist of? You can see a detailed schedule of events here.
Get to know this year’s speakers and moderators:
Jacqui Banaszynski is a veteran journalist who teaches storytellers around the world. She is a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, a faculty fellow at the Poynter Institute, and the coach for ivoh’s Restorative Narrative Fellows. Her story of two men dying of AIDS won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She won the 1988 Associated Press Sports Editors award for deadline reporting from the Seoul Olympics. In 1986, she was a Pulitzer finalist in international reporting. Her edited projects have won awards for business, investigative, environmental, sports and human interest reporting, and her students are frequently winners in the Hearst competition, considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.
Alex Tizon is the author of “Big Little Man: In Search Of My Asian Self,” which was awarded a Lukas Book Prize. He is a former Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, and a former longtime staff writer for the Seattle Times, where he was a co-recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism. Alex has reported from a floating slab of ice in the Arctic Ocean, a lava field at the foot of Mount Pinatubo, and an ancient Buddhist temple on the island of Java. His reportage has covered aspects of the most cataclysmic news events in recent times, including the 9/11 attacks, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. Alex studied at the University of Oregon and Stanford, and currently teaches at UO. More information can be found at alextizon.com.
Mónica Guzman is a freelance technology and media columnist for GeekWire, The Daily Beast and the Columbia Journalism Review. She emcees Ignite Seattle, a popular grab bag and community fueled speaker series, leads the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as board president and is vice-chair of the SPJ Ethics Committee, which just revised the influential SPJ Code of Ethics for the first time in 16 years. A juror for the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes, Mónica contributed the closing chapter, “Community As an End,” to the 2013 book “The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century.” In 2015, she completed a four-year term on the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. In 2012, she joined the Seattle hub of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. She serves on the the board of the University of Washington Information School’s Masters in Science and Information Management program and is an advisor to Seattle international news site The Seattle Globalist. From 2007 to 2010, Mónica launched and ran the award-winning Big Blog at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and seattlepi.com, complementing news and culture coverage with weekly reader meetups. From 2010 to 2012 she developed user communities for startups like Intersect, Trover and Glympse. From 2012 to 2014, she wrote a Sunday column for The Seattle Times on digital lifestyles. Since 2007, Mónica has spoken about journalism, community engagement and digital media to audiences around the world. In September 2010, she traveled to El Salvador on a U.S. State Department grant to train local journalists on new tech tools. From 2013 to 2014, she dissected media tech trends as a regular panelist on PBS MediaShift’s weekly Mediatwits podcast.
Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, founder of the narrative journalism website Gangrey.com, and author of the New York Times bestselling book “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.” Montgomery grew up in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team, the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Ark., the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, the Times Herald-Record in New York’s Hudson River Valley, and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called “For Their Own Good,” about abuse at Florida’s oldest reform school. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.
Ellie Walton grew up in Washington, D.C., and has committed her life’s work to sharing stories that inspire connection across social and cultural dividing lines. She takes time to build relationships and trust with communities with whom she is actively engaging in the storytelling process. Ellie’s feature-length documentaries, “Fly By Light” (2015), “Chocolate City” (2007), “Igual Que Tú” (2009), and “Walk With Me” (2012), have been screened at film festivals across the world and continue to be used as educational tools at universities, schools and conferences.
Trymaine Lee is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is currently a National Reporter at MSNBC.com where he covers education, social justice, guns and poverty issues. Prior to joining MSNBC, Lee was a reporter at the Huffington Post where he was credited for his role in bringing the Trayvon Martin killing into national prominence. Lee has also worked as a reporter at the New York Times and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where he was part of a team that won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Hurricane Katrina coverage.
John Esterle is the co-executive director and a trustee of The Whitman Institute, an independent foundation based in San Francisco he has been with since 1988. John serves on the boards of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and LeaderSpring, is a member of Active Voice’s Advisory Committee, and co-chairs Northern California Grantmaker’s Organizational Effectiveness and Professional Development Committee. Through 2001-2002, John was the PTA president of Rooftop Alternative K-8 Elementary School in San Francisco. Prior to joining TWI, John directed Crime and the News Media, a pilot project that featured a series of dialogues between Bay Area journalists and proponents of alternatives to incarceration. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Hutchins School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Sonoma State University and his M.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.
Felix Richter is a creative director at New York-based ad agency, Droga5. Since joining in 2011, he has seen the agency to award-winning campaigns for clients Hennessy, PUMA, New Museum and Under Armour. His most notable works are Under Armour’s “I WILL WHAT I WANT” brand platform featuring ballerina Misty Copeland and supermodel Gisele Bündchen and Hennessy’s “The Man Who Couldn’t Slow Down” film created as part of the brand’s “What’s your Wild Rabbit?” campaign. Educated at Miami Ad School Europe in Hamburg, Germany, Felix began his career in 2009 working at Y&R New York for clients such as VH1, Land Rover, and Airwalk. Felix has since been awarded multiple of the most prestigious advertising honors including Cannes Lions, Clios and One Show pencils, as well as Webbys and Yellow Pencils from D&AD. He has also been named “Professional Young Gun of the Year” by the Australian YGAward organization. As one to watch, Felix is helping make Droga5 one of the most respectable, forward-thinking agencies of our time. He has just come off a project for German EDM artist, Paul Kalkbrenner, in which he and his creative partner Alexander Nowak created a music video trilogy for the artist.
Phoenix Perry creates physical games and user experiences. A consummate advocate for women in game development, she founded Code Liberation Foundation. This organization teaches women to program games for free. Since starting in 2012, this project has reached over 1000 women in the New York area between the ages of 16 to 60. Fostering professional growth and mentoring new leaders in the field, she strives to infuse the industry with new voices. As principal founder in Dozen Eyes Games, a company producing works for social change and interactive installations, she also is an entrepreneur. This fall, she joins HKU in The Netherlands as a Senior Lecturer in interaction design and games. She is a researcher at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering focused on empowerment and diversity in STEM. Her speaking engagements include GDC, Games for Change, The Open Hardware Summit, Indiecade, Comic Con, Internet Week, Create Tech, IBM Dev Pulse, Montreal International Games Summit and NYU Game Center among others. Perry’s creative work spans a large range of disciplines including drawing, generative art, video, games, interfaces and sound. Her projects have been seen worldwide at venues and festivals including the GDC, E3, Come out and Play, Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, Lincoln Center, Transmediale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, LAMCA, Harvest Works, Babycastles, European Media Arts Festival, GenArt, Seoul Film Festival and Harvestworks. In 2011 she co-authored the book, Meet the Kinect with Sean Kean and Johnathan Hall. Finally, she has curated since 1996 in a range of cultural venues, the most recent of which is her own gallery, Devotion Gallery until 2014. Devotion was a Williamsburg gallery focused on the intersection of art, science, new media, and design.
Nancy McGirr was a Reuters staff photographer for Central America during the turbulent eighties. In 1991 she founded what would become FotoKids, giving cameras to six kids who lived in Guatemala City’s garbage dump. Fotokids now has 215 students living in at-risk areas in Guatemala, Honduras, and California’s agricultural central valley and provides scholarships from primary school through university. McGirr has directed Fotokids for 24 years and has produced more than 45 exhibits in 14 countries. She’s done interviews on BBC, Australian TV, ABC, Japanese and Dutch TV, etc., has given workshops in Tinduf Algiers, Granada, Spain, and Australia, and has spoken around the world for Harvard, Boston Museum School, Photographers Gallery London, PhotoEspaña, and TEDx. She was the recipient of the prestigious Lucie Humanitarian Award in 2011.
Jon Funabiki is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where he also serves as executive director of two centers, Renaissance Journalism, which incubates new journalism projects, and the Dilena Takeyama Center, which focuses on the study of Japan and Japanese culture. Prior to joining the university, he was with the Ford Foundation, where he was deputy director of the Media, Arts & Culture (MAC) Unit and was responsible for the Foundation’s multimillion-dollar grantmaking strategies on news media issues. Funabiki was founding director of San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism. A former reporter and editor with The San Diego Union, he is a graduate of San Francisco State University. Funabiki was awarded the John S. Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, the Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Center of Honolulu, a National Endowment for the Humanities Professional Summer Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a visiting scholar at the Center on Politics and Public Service at UC Berkeley. Funabiki has served on the boards of the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
Lene Bech Sillesen is a George T. Delacorte fellow and staff writer with the Columbia Journalism Review. During her fellowship, she has co-produced a research project that explores the off- and online relationship between journalism and empathy, the final results of which are soon to be published. A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Lene lives in New York City but was born and raised in Denmark, and has lived, travelled and reported from South- and East Asia.
Roberta Brandes Gratz, an award-winning journalist and urbanist, has been writing about cities – how they grow, fall apart, recover – for more than 40 years. NYC born and raised, Roberta started her journalism career as a reporter for the New York Post under Dolly Schiff. She left when Rupert Murdoch bought the paper and went on to write five books on urban change. The last one was “The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs.” The newest, released June, 2015, is “We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City.” Her writing has also appeared in the Nation, New York Magazine, New York Times Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She served on the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Sustainability Advisory Board for NYC under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In 2004, Roberta, with author/urbanist Jane Jacobs, founded The Center For the Living City to build on Jacobs’ ground-breaking work.
Rochelle Riley’s columns have appeared in the Detroit Free Press and at freep.com since 2000. She also blogs at rochelleriley.com and makes frequent television and radio appearances, especially on NPR and MSNBC. Rochelle writes passionately about responsible government, community responsibility, public education, pop culture, race, film, and Michigan’s reading crisis. She has worked at The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. Her columns on the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption scandal were part of the entry that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Rochelle has won the 2013 National Headliner Award for best column writing, the inaugural Will Rogers Humanitarian Award for community service from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (2011), and first-place column-writing honors from the National Association of Black Journalists (2014). The Michigan Press Association has named her Michigan’s best local columnist four times. Hour magazine readers just named her Detroit’s best female columnist for the fifth year in a row (2014).
Melanie C. Green is an assistant professor in Communication at the University at Buffalo. She is a social psychologist and communication researcher whose work has focused on the power of stories. In particular, Melanie’s research examines the power of narrative to change beliefs, including the effects of fictional stories on real-world attitudes. Her theory of “transportation into a narrative world” focuses on immersion into a story as a mechanism of narrative influence. She has examined narrative persuasion in a variety of contexts, from health communication to social issues. She has edited two books on these topics (Narrative Impact and Persuasion: Psychological Insights and Perspectives, Second Edition), and has published numerous articles in leading psychology, communication, and interdisciplinary journals. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Ohio State University in 2000.
Erin Shaw Street is Lifestyle Editor at Birmingham, Alabama-based Big Communications, a full-service creative agency. In this role, she helps manage the agency’s content initiatives for a wide range of clients, including those in the travel, tourism, and food space. Street previously served as Deputy Editor at Southern Living, managing Travel and Culture and Integrated Content, developing digital and social media strategy for the brand. She founded Southern Living’s Daily South blog and helped lead the staff’s transition to digital fluency. As a writer and editor, she specialized in stories of the modern South, with an emphasis on regional revitalization, travel destinations, and the rise of the maker movement across a 17-state area. Prior to her leadership at the magazine, she worked as Director of Community Affairs at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, managing public relations, fundraising, and volunteer services. She began her career as a newspaper reporter, working at The Birmingham Post-Herald and Sarasota Herald Tribune. A graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College, she is the recipient of more than 20 writing awards, including the 2011 Gold Lowell Thomas Award for “What Stands In A Storm.” A native of Clearwater, Fla., graduate of the University of South Carolina, and Birmingham resident, she is passionate about telling stories about the South. A proponent of grassroots media education, she’s a founding member of the Alabama Social Media Association. She has taught through the Creative Non-Fiction Foundation, and is passionate about journalism education, leadership, and stories of second chances. She writes at erinshawstreet.com (Twitter, Instagram @erinshawstreet).
John Yearwood is World Editor of the Miami Herald, where he supervises reporters covering international news, especially Latin America and the Caribbean. He also serves as executive board chairman of the Vienna, Austria-based International Press Institute, the world’s oldest free-press organization. Under his leadership, World Desk staffers have won numerous awards, including two McClatchy Company President’s Awards and the Arthur Ross Award for best coverage of Latin America. The Herald’s 2010 Haiti earthquake coverage, which he coordinated, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. He previously served as National/International Editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, senior writer at The Dallas Morning News and founding publisher/editor of IBIS, a general lifestyle magazine in the Caribbean. Yearwood is active with a number of civic and professional organizations, including the National Association of Black Journalists, Images and Voices of Hope and the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network. He’s a graduate of the University of Connecticut.
Laura Lo Forti is a multimedia producer and a “story midwife” who has been using non-traditional approaches to media making for the past 10 years. She supports others on the transformative journey of bringing their personal narratives to life. Through this work, she has become a strong advocate of engaging marginalized communities and vulnerable individuals in self-representation and including them in the decision-making process affecting their lives. She is the co-founder of A Fourth Act, an agency that merges technology and participatory practices to unleash the full potential of stories for social impact. With digital folklorist Brenda Kenneally, she founded The Raw File, a series of immersive documentary work that highlights the intersection of race and socio-economic class. Since 2014, she’s been facilitating a community-based oral history project capturing the memories of those who survived the 1948 Vanport Flood, Portland’s Hurricane Katrina-like disaster which displaced thousands and forced the state known for its white supremacist leanings to embrace a multicultural population.
Kevin Becker is a licensed clinical psychologist and senior partner with ORI Consulting, a global crisis consulting firm. For 25 years he has specialized in the areas of psychological trauma and crisis. He served as clinical instructor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry and with Marsh Crisis Consulting, where he worked with Ambassador Paul Bremer advising governments and public and private organizations on how best to prepare for and respond to crisis. He served for 10 years as director of The Trauma Center in Boston, an internationally renowned research and treatment facility specializing in psychological trauma. He has assisted governments and organizations following major disasters such as 9/11; the 2004 Tsunami; Hurricane Katrina, the Kashmir earthquake in 2005, the Newtown shootings, and the Boston Marathon bombings. He was founder and director of the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy, and he served as the training and technical assistant consultant to the nationwide network of victim assistance academies for the Department of Justice/Office for Victims of Crime. He was founding chairperson of the Massachusetts Disaster Response Network for the Massachusetts Psychological Association. He consults nationally and internationally on a regular basis, and has produced an award-winning documentary entitled “PTSD: Beyond Survival.” Most recently Dr. Becker was appointed by Boston Medical Center as the Program Director to establish the Massachusetts Resiliency Center for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. His preferred methods of self-care are running and glassblowing!
Stan Strickland, singer, saxophonist, flutist, and actor, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. In addition to numerous radio and television appearances, Stan has performed in many clubs and concert halls, including Jordan and Symphony Halls in Boston, Carnegie Recital Hall and Town Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His work has been featured on recordings by Bob Moses, Marty Erlich, Webster Lewis and Brute Force. Stan has performed with jazz greats Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Danilo Perez, Shirley Scott and Marlena Shaw. “Love & Beauty,” Stan’s new jazz vocal CD, featuring new arrangements of great jazz classics as well as original material, was released by Hawkline Records in 2005. Stan has opened for Jazz greats Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, and for Barenaked Ladies. He toured South Africa with The Village People, and was a featured soloist with Take Six and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. , “Maggie’s Riff,” produced by the Vineyard Playhouse. Stan has a M.A. degree from Lesley College in Expressive Arts Therapy where he is an adjunct professor. He also teaches at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University and Longy School of Music. Stan is co-executive director of Express Yourself, a multidisciplinary team of professional artists, working in partnership with adolescents in public mental health residential facilities to produce multimedia performances that celebrate the restorative powers of serious art making.
Gayatri Naraine has been at the core of ivoh since its inception. She was among the main organizers of the first ivoh conversation in New York City in 1999. Since then, she has facilitated conversations in Africa, Malaysia and various locations in the United States. Gayatri is a spiritual educator, writer and speaker. Since 1980 she has been the Brahma Kumaris’ (BK) representative to the United Nations in New York City. There, her role is to identify UN policies that have practical relevance for individuals’ lives; to explore and develop values-based and spiritual dimensions within these; and to create programs and publications to expand awareness through the BK’s network in 120 countries. Gayatri was pivotal in the development of the Living Values Education program, working closely with UNICEF and UNESCO in its implementation. She has also contributed to the International Labor Organization’s Agenda on Decent Work in their consultation with NGOs. Gayatri hhas spent the last ten years exploring the transformational depth of silent reflection and the impact it has on actions for world benefit.
Laralyn McWilliams has designed and helped build award-winning social, strategy, simulation, platform, brawler, FPS and massively multiplayer online games. She was creative director for the ground-breaking MMO Free Realms at Sony Online Entertainment, which The New York Times called “a triumph of the company’s own reinvention.” She was also lead designer for the critically acclaimed Full Spectrum Warrior, which was the most nominated game of E3 2003. Laralyn was on Gamasutra’s list of the Top 10 Developers of 2014, she shared the top spot in Massive Online Gaming’s 2010 list of the Top 20 Most Influential People in MMOs, was on Beckett’s list of the top women in MMOs for 2010, and was listed as one of Gamasutra’s 20 most influential women in games in 2008. She’s a frequent speaker on casual game progression and the use of metrics in the design and operation of live game services.
Dan Norton is a founding partner and CCO at Filament Games. He specializes in the design process and documentation for developing games with specific learning objectives. He is proud to have designed games about a uniquely broad range of topics, ranging from marine turtle ecology to legal argumentation. Dan sees Filament as an opportunity to merge his life long love of games with his incessant quest to learn about new and interesting things. He is a founding member of the GLS organization at UW Madison. Aside from games and game design, he enjoys bicycling, baking, killing dragons with his wife and spending time with his incredibly stupid cats.
Ann DeMarle is an associate dean at Champlain College directing its Emergent Media Center, Masters of Fine Arts in Emergent Media, and MS in Emergent Media in Shanghai, China. Founder of the Game Development and the Multimedia undergraduate degrees, and upon the receipt of the Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair, she launched the EMC with a mission to bring Champlain students’ media and technology expertise to businesses and non-profits looking to explore and create new solutions. Key projects include UN sponsored BREAKAWAY—a game to address violence against women, two RWJ funded games for Cystic Fibrosis patients, and an IBM Project in virtual world space.
Kenny Irby is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty of visual journalism and diversity. He is an integral figure in visual journalism education, having founded Poynter’s photojournalism program in 1995. He teaches and consults in the areas of digital photographic reporting, leadership, ethical decision making and diversity integration. Currently, he directs The Write Field initiative, a dynamic academic enrichment and mentoring program for middle school minority male youth. During his 19-year tenure at Poynter, Kenny has traveled to Nigeria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Russia, preaching excellence in photojournalism and truth-telling. He chaired the 2007 Pulitzer Prize photography categories, lectured at the World Press Photos buddy training program and the International Center of Photography, is a member of the Eddie Adams Workshop board, and is a founding member of National Press Photographers Association, and The Best of Photojournalism Committee. He is the recipient of numerous awards: 2007 Sprague Award (the NPPA’s highest honor), 2006 Society for News Design President’s 2002 NPPAPresident’s Award, 1999 Joseph Costa Award and others. Kenny is a frequent lecturer, teacher and author on photographic reporting issues, most recently with NPR. While at Newsday, he contributed as a picture editor to two Pulitzer prize winning projects.
Scott Gurian is a radio and print journalist who’s reported extensively on the Hurricane Sandy recovery for WNYC / NJ Public Radio and NJ Spotlight. Previously, he spent five years as news director at public radio station KGOU in Norman, Okla., where he covered everything from the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary and political wrangling at the state capitol to tornadoes and the annual prison rodeo. Scott’s work has also taken him abroad, including to Cuba — where he covered the thawing of relations between Washington and Havana — and to Haiti, where he reported on how the 2010 earthquake led to the disappearance of that country’s middle class. His stories have aired on NPR, the BBC, and dozens of radio stations and programs around the country. He’s won numerous awards including a national and two regional RTNDA Edward R. Murrows.
Kim Cross, an award-winning feature writer, just published a literary nonfiction book — “What Stands in a Storm” — about the biggest tornado outbreak in the history of recorded weather. As Editor-at-Large for Southern Living magazine, Cross has edited such literary luminaries as Winston Groom, author of “Forest Gump,” and Rick Bragg, author of the haunting memoir “All Over but the Shoutin’.” Three years ago, she recruited Bragg as a monthly columnist for “Southern Journal,” the magazine’s famous back page. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a journalism degree, Cross joined the founding editorial team of Business 2.0 magazine to cover the dot-com boom and bust in San Francisco. She returned to Tuscaloosa for a fellowship in the journalism school, where she published in-depth reporting projects for The Anniston Star and the The Birmingham News. She honed her storytelling skills writing features for the Tampa Bay Times, formerly the St. Petersburg Times, and covered double-murders, hurricanes, and most harrowingly, local government as a beat and spot news reporter for New Orleans Times-Picayune. Cross’s features and narratives have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of American Travel Writers, and the Media Industry Newsletter (MIN). Her work has appeared in Outside, Cooking Light, Bicycling, Runner’s World, Bike, USA Today, ESPN.com, Health.com, and syndicated on CNN.com. Cross is also a top-flight athlete, competing nationally in water-skiing, sprint triathlon, off-road triathlon, and 24-hour adventure racing. She lives in Birmingham.
Veronica McHugh is an ivoh core team member who has participated in, or introduced ivoh to, a number of cities around the world, including St. Petersburg and Moscow, Belo Horizonte, Milan, Santiago, Quito, San Jose (Costa Rica) and Reykjavik. She is the coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris work in Florida.
Jake Harper is a health journalist with WFYI in Indianapolis. After getting out of the Peace Corps, he got his start with a data journalism fellowship at the Sunlight Foundation. He discovered his love for making radio at a community station in Madison, Wisc., & soon after began an internship with NPR’s State of the Re:Union. Jake’s work received a 1st place award from the Milwaukee Press Club & was a finalist in KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race. In his spare time, Jake makes pizza, rides his bike, and thumbs through random books at his local library.
Debra Weisberg is a Massachusetts-based artist. Working intuitively and embracing the unexpected is core to Debra’s art process, using predominantly, paper, fiber and tape to create large-scale drawings, sculptures,
Eric Le Reste is the executive producer for Canadian Public Television’s daily show “Le Téléjournal,” the main evening News Program in French. He has been with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for the past 25 years, working as a journalist and producer for national radio and television programs in Edmonton, Calgary and now in Montreal. He also offers special training to journalists and producers for the CBC.
Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an associate professor in the journalism department at the University of Cincinnati, as well as a contributor at WCPO-TV Digital, and a communications consultant with UC’s Office of the Provost. With 20-plus years of reporting and teaching experience, she received UC’s Just Community Award in 2011 for her teaching of diverse cultures in a wide range of Service Learning courses for journalism students. In 2013, she received the university-wide Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Award for her advising work with students.
Cy Wagoner’s accomplished art projects often began with, “you can’t do that…” Siding with underdogs and motivated by going against most odds, Cy has spent the past seven years managing the Black Sheep Art Collective, which focuses on bringing public art to communities. Cy’s work is influenced by stories of beauty and strength that come from youthfulness, and their growing relationship with the vigorous and forgiving world that houses them.
Hawah Kasat, founder/executive director of the nonprofit One Common Unity, has acted as a youth representative to the U.N. World Conference Against Racism and was director of Peaceable Schools at Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. Hawah has been interviewed on XM National Satellite Radio, BBC, CNN, Pacifica Radio Network, NPR, and Al-Jazeera. He has authored four books, produced three documentary films and two music albums, and is the creator/editor of the “Poetry of Yoga” book anthology, which features Grammy award-winning musicians and master teachers. As an artist, author, educator, yoga instructor, and community organizer, he has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 28 countries in the past 10 years to facilitate interactive workshops and dialogues, perform poetry, teach yoga, and speak with those interested in creating a caring, sustainable, and equitable world. He has a degree in peace and educational philosophy from American University and resides in Washington, D.C.
Judy Rodgers is the founding director of Images and Voices of Hope. For over 20 years she worked in media companies, translating the ideas of authors and thought leaders to film. Since 1997 she has worked as an independent consultant, emphasizing the power of dialogue to support social innovation and individual, community-wide and system-wide change. In 2003 she became the founding director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University. Since 2006 she has lived in a retreat center in the Catskill Mountains of New York where she thinks and writes about the inner dimension of life and the way our awareness affects our vision and our actions in the world.
Mallary Tenore is managing director of Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh). She believes the media can play a powerful role in connecting communities, restoring hope, and giving people a reason to care about social issues. As managing director, Mallary runs ivoh’s website, plans events, develops new programs, fundraises, and more. Prior to joining ivoh, Mallary was managing editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. In 2013, she was named one of the top 50 female innovators in digital journalism. In 2012, she was featured on a list of the top 100 Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow and was named a Mirror Award finalist for outstanding media reporting. Mallary teaches social media sessions on a consulting basis and is currently writing a memoir. She grew up in Boston, graduated with honors from Providence College, and currently lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., with her husband Troy and her cat Clara. You can reach her at email@example.com.