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Friday, September 28

8:30am CDT

Unleashing the Watchdogs
How big-city newspapers across Texas and around the country are holding people in power and institutions accountable.

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Margaret Sullivan

Columnist for The Washington Post
Sullivan is a media columnist for The Washington Post. She previously served as public editor for The New York Times and chief editor of The Buffalo News. Sullivan has served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize board and as director of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She... Read More →

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Nancy Barnes

Editor of the Houston Chronicle
Barnes has served as editor and executive vice president of the Houston Chronicle since 2013. Prior to joining the Chronicle, she served as editor and senior vice president of Star Tribune Media for six years. Barnes also serves as the vice president of the American Society of News... Read More →
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Mindy Marques

Executive Editor of the Miami Herald
Marques has served as executive editor of the Miami Herald since 2010. She previously served as a metro reporter, assistant city editor and deputy metro editor for the Herald. Marques also worked as Miami bureau chief for People magazine from 2002 to 2007. She currently serves as... Read More →
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Brian McGrory

Editor-in-Chief of The Boston Globe
McGrory serves as editor-in-chief of The Boston Globe, where he has worked for 27 years. He first joined the paper as a metro columnist and has served as an associate editor, metro editor, White House reporter and national reporter. He is the author of four published novels and recipient... Read More →
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Mike Wilson

Editor of The Dallas Morning News
Wilson has served as editor of The Dallas Morning News since 2015. He previously worked for ESPN, where he served as founding managing editor of FiveThirtyEight. Wilson also worked as a writer and editor for the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times, where he eventually became managing... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, McCombs Events Center

11:30am CDT

Is Social Media Good for Democracy?
Facebook, Twitter and the perils of the brave new world.

Supported by Texas A&M University and Texas State Technical College

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Gene Park

Embedded Audience Editor for The Washington Post's Opinion Desk
Park has served as embedded audience editor for The Washington Post’s opinion desk since 2015. He has represented The Washington Post on various emerging social media platforms, including Facebook Live, Reddit and Twitch. Prior to joining the Post, Park was a community manager and... Read More →

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Jim Brady

CEO of Spirited Media and Former Public Editor of ESPN
Brady has served as CEO and co-founder of Spirited Media, a mobile-focused news startup, since 2014. He was previously the public editor for ESPN and executive editor of washingtonpost.com. Brady has also served as editor-in-chief of Digital First Media and as an executive for America... Read More →
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Roger McNamee

Managing Director at Elevation Partners
McNamee helped launch Elevation Partners, an investment partnership focused on the intersection of media/entertainment content and consumer technology, in 2004. Previously, he co-founded Silver Lake Partners, the first private equity fund focused on technology businesses. McNamee... Read More →
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Vivian Schiller

CEO of the Civil Media Foundation and Former Head of News at Twitter
Schiller serves as CEO of the Civil Media Foundation, which distributes philanthropic grants in support of sustainable journalism. She previously served as head of news at Twitter, leading the company’s strategy for news and partnerships. Schiller has also served as senior vice... Read More →
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Siva Vaidhyanathan

Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia
Vaidhyanathan is the director of the Center for Media and Citizenship and the Robertson professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books on media, technology and intellectual property, including his most recent book, “Antisocial Media... Read More →

Friday September 28, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Auditorium
Saturday, September 29

9:00am CDT

A White House Briefing
What it’s really like to cover this president and this administration.

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Shawna Thomas

DC Bureau Chief for VICE News
Thomas is the D.C. bureau chief for VICE News, overseeing all political and D.C.-based coverage for VICE Media and VICE News Tonight. Prior to joining VICE, she served as senior producer and digital editor of NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” Thomas also covered the White House and... Read More →

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Kimberly Atkins

Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for the Boston Herald
Atkins has covered the White House, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court for the Boston Herald since 2014. She previously covered the Massachusetts State House and Boston City Hall for the Herald and served as Washington bureau chief for the Dolan Company newspapers. Atkins is also... Read More →
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Michael Bender

White House Reporter for The Wall Street Journal
Bender has covered the White House and American politics for The Wall Street Journal since 2016. Prior to joining The Wall Street Journal, he worked as a senior writer for Bloomberg Politics in Washington, D.C. Bender has worked as a reporter at newspapers in Ohio, Colorado and Florida... Read More →
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Eli Stokols

White House Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
Stokols is a White House reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He previously covered the Trump administration at The Wall Street Journal and spent two years as a national political reporter for Politico, covering the 2016 Republican primaries. Stokols covered Colorado politics for KDVR-TV... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall

10:00am CDT

All the Opinion That’s Fit to Print
Two New York Times columnists and one of their top editors on reporting vs. commentary, how the expanding media ecosystem impacts their work, and material that practically writes itself.

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Brian Stelter

Senior Media Correspondent for CNN and Host of Reliable Sources
Stelter is the senior media correspondent for CNN and host of CNN’s Reliable Sources program. He previously worked as a media reporter at The New York Times, covering TV and digital media for the paper’s Business Day and Arts sections. Stelter is the author of “Top of the Morning... Read More →

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Michelle Goldberg

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist
Goldberg joined The New York Times as an op-ed columnist in 2017. She also serves as senior contributing writer at The Nation. Goldberg previously served as a columnist for Slate and The Daily Beast. She is the author of “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism” and... Read More →
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Kathleen Kingsbury

Deputy Editorial Page Editor for The New York Times
Kingsbury joined The New York Times as deputy editorial page editor in 2017. She previously served as managing editor for digital and as an editorial writer for The Boston Globe, where she won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Kingsbury was previously a contributing writer... Read More →
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Bret Stephens

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist
Stephens has worked as an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2017. He previously served as a deputy editorial page editor and foreign affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal and as editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post. Stephens is the author of “America In Retreat... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

12:45pm CDT

The Name of This Panel is Talking Heads
Cable TV’s most visible, voluble pundits on the news of the day.

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Evan Smith

CEO and Co-Founder of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

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Allie Stuckey

Blogger at The Conservative Millennial
Stuckey is a blogger and creator of the video blog The Conservative Millennial, which provides commentary on political and social issues. She has worked as a communications strategist, public speaker and political commentator. Stuckey is also a contributor to TheBlaze, Fox News and... Read More →
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Charlie Sykes

Contributing Editor for The Weekly Standard and Contributor for MSNBC
Sykes is a prominent conservative political commentator. He hosted a daily talk radio show for 23 years, leaving to join “Indivisible,” a national radio show about America in a time of change produced by WNYC. Sykes is also founder and editor-in-chief of Right Wisconsin, a conservative... Read More →
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Rick Tyler

Political Analyst for MSNBC
Tyler is a political analyst for MSNBC and co-founder of Foundry Road Strategies, a political communications consulting firm. He previously served as national spokesperson and communications director for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign. Tyler has also served on the... Read More →
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Rick Wilson

Republican Political Strategist and CEO of Intrepid Media
Wilson is a Republican political strategist and media consultant. He has produced television ads for several gubernatorial and Senate candidates as well as super PACs and corporations. He is also a columnist for The Daily Beast, where he covers national politics. Wilson’s work has... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
Central Presbyterian Church

1:45pm CDT

Every Day is Trump Day
The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winners on the make-or-break moment for political reporting.

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Julie Mason

Host of SiriusXM's Press Pool
Mason joined SiriusXM in 2011, serving as host of Press Pool. She was previously a White House correspondent for Politico and the Washington Examiner, covering four presidential campaigns. Mason also worked as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle for 20 years, covering local, state... Read More →

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Robert Costa

National Political Reporter for The Washington Post and Moderator of PBS' “Washington Week”
Costa serves as a national political reporter for The Washington Post, where he has worked since 2014. He has also served as the moderator of “Washington Week,” PBS’ weekly news analysis series, since 2017. Costa previously worked as a reporter and Washington editor for the... Read More →
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Ashley Parker

White House Reporter for The Washington Post
Parker has been a White House reporter for The Washington Post since 2017. Prior to joining the Post, she worked as a reporter for The New York Times, covering the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. Parker has written for The New York Times Magazine, Huffington Post and The New... Read More →
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Philip Rucker

White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post
Rucker is the White House bureau chief for The Washington Post. He joined the Post in 2005 as a local news reporter and has covered Congress, the Obama White House and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Rucker also serves as a political analyst for NBC and MSNBC.

Saturday September 29, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

2:15pm CDT

The World According to Lawfare
How a national security blog became one of the must-reads of 2018.

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Carrie Johnson

Justice Correspondent for NPR
Johnson is a justice correspondent for NPR’s Washington desk, covering justice issues, law enforcement and legal affairs for “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” the newscasts and NPR.org. She previously worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, covering the FBI... Read More →

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Bobby Chesney

Co-Founder of Lawfare and James Baker Chair and Associate Dean at the University of Texas School of Law
Chesney joined the University of Texas School of Law in 2008, where he teaches law and serves as director of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He previously served on the Justice Department’s Detention Policy Task Force under President Barack Obama. Chesney... Read More →
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Benjamin Wittes

Editor-in-Chief of Lawfare and Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution
Wittes is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog and a senior fellow in governance studies at The Brookings Institution. He serves on the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law. Wittes previously served as an editorial writer for The Washington... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune