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  • Alex Garner is currently the Program Coordinator in the Treatment Education Adherence Mobilization (TEAM) division at the National Minority AIDS Council. Alex was recently the founder editor at is a national HIV magazine for gay men that explores issues of lifestyle culture and wellness. Prior to Alex was an actor, writer, and advocate.

  • Armed with a bachelor’s degree in toxicology and job in biotech, Alex plunged into journalism school at New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP). Since then he's reported health and science news at NOVA scienceNOW, CNN Health, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and San Francisco public radio station KQED. He's now setting out on his own with his science YouTube channel, Science of Sin, which Slate recently named as one of its "Brilliant Ideas To Fix Science Education."

  • Amy Hoffman is the author of three memoirs, Lies About My Family (2013); An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News (2007); and Hospital Time (1997). She is editor of Women’s Review of Books and teaches creative nonfiction in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College.  

  • Amy Howe has worked at SCOTUSblog, most recently as its editor, since 2003.  During her previous life as a litigator, she served as counsel in over two dozen merits cases at the Supreme Court and has argued two cases there. From 2004 until 2011, she co-taught Supreme Court litigation at Stanford Law School; from 2005 until 2013, she co-taught a similar class at Harvard Law School. She has also served as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and Vanderbilt University Law School. Amy is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.

  • Andrew Elder is an archivist at the University of Massachusetts Boston and at The History Project, a community-based archive documenting the history of local GLBT communities. He is co-author of a forthcoming book on Boston’s Orange Line and holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

  • Founder and president of Open Eye Pictures, Andy serves as the company's Executive Director and Senior Producer. A multi-award winning, Emmy-nominated producer and director of creative non-fiction films, Andy received a BA in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University, and an MA in visual anthropology from the University of Southern California, where he also studied at the USC School of Cinema. His most recent production, the ITVS-funded THE GROVE, was broadcast on PBS and inspired the mobile app Tributopia.

  • Andy Sellars is the Berkman Center's Corydon B. Dunham First Amendment Fellow and a Staff Attorney with the Digital Media Law Project. He studies Internet free speech and intellectual property matters, and helps run the DMLP's Online Media Legal Network, a pro bono referral clinic for online journalism ventures and digital media creators.

  • Barbara Dozetos owns Above the Fold Marketing, a firm specializing is helping small businesses capitalize on social media. She lives and works in Burlington, VT.  A former journalist, she is often invited to speak to and train writers of all stripes about how to use social media well. She is currently an NLGJA board member and co-chair of this year's convention committee.

  • DiNardo is the deputy managing editor for multimedia, overseeing the editorial operations of and and shaping the newsroom's digital strategy, including audio and video content. At the Globe, DiNardo also has served as deputy Business editor, assistant editor at the Globe magazine, and a night copy editor. Prior to joining the Globe in 1992, he was editor of the Boston Business Journal and a staff writer at Worcester Magazine.

  • Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a Contributing Writer with The New York Times Magazine and an Assistant Professor in the Writing, Literature & Publishing Department at Emerson College.

  • Bob Bennett is the Executive Producer at WAVY-TV in Norfolk, VA. Bob has won numerous awards, including multiple Emmys and a Murrow Award, during his more than 20 years in the TV news business. His expertise is showcasing big news stories, mentoring young producers, and severe weather coverage. During his time at WJLA-TV in Washington, DC, Bob also helped to build a significant and highly-engaged fan base for the station's Facebook page.

  • Bob Witeck is the President of Washington, DC-based Witeck Communications, Inc.,, since 1993 a leading communications expert in designing strategies to reach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) households and consumers. He is a lifetime NLGJA member and past NLGJA Board member.

  • Callie Crossley is a nationally-recognized journalist and radio host who frequently comments on the intersection of old and new media. She is a host and contributor to WGBH-FM's "Boston Public Radio," and also appears regularly on "The Takeaway" from Public Radio International as well as NPR's "Tell Me More." She's a graduate of Wellesley College and a Nieman Fellow. 

  • As New England news editor for The Associated Press, Cara Rubinsky oversees the cooperative’s news coverage in six states. In the past year, she has led on-the-ground coverage of breaking news stories including the shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the bombings at the Boston Marathon. She was previously the Atlanta-based assistant editor for AP’s South region, where she helped oversee coverage of the Gulf oil spill, tornadoes that killed hundreds of people, and several major court cases including the Casey Anthony trial.

  • Carol Head, counsel in Bingham’s Boston office, is part of the firm’s Litigation Area. Her practice spans a broad range of commercial and constitutional litigation in state and federal courts and in arbitration. She has represented numerous media entities and journalists in cases involving the First Amendment, defamation and access to public records, as well as commercial litigatio
  • Carolyn Ryan is the National Political Editor at The New York Times, in charge of coverage of the presidential campaign and broader political trends around the country.

  • Chad Graham leads the mobile, social media and search engine optimization strategy for the Republic Media newroom, home to, 12 News (NBC, Phoenix) and The Arizona Republic. Graham and his team of engagement producers work to enhance real-time conversation and collaboration between journalists, readers and viewers. Graham previously served as a business reporter and columnist for The Republic. He has been an editor for the Advocate magazine and a reporter for the Des Moines Register, Hollywood Reporter and Associated Press.
  • Charles M Snnott is the Vice President, Editor-at-Large and co-founder of GlobalPost. An award-winning foreign correspondent with 25 years of experience, Sennott has reported on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in at least 15 countries, including the 2011 revolution in Cairo and the Arab Spring.
  • Chris Geidner is the senior political and legal reporter at BuzzFeed. Prior to joining BuzzFeed in 2012, Geidner had been the senior political editor at Washington, DC's Metro Weekly. Over the course of his time covering the national LGBT political and legal scene, he has been awarded the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association's Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media and the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Article. Before moving to DC in 2009, Geidner had worked as an attorney in Ohio, at a private firm and for the State of Ohio.

  • Cambridge, Mass.-based freelance journalist Chuck Colbert has been reporting for gay and mainstream audiences since 1991. His coverage has included the full range of LGBT issues in civil rights and liberation, including gays in the military, employment non-discrimination and hate crimes, same-sex marriage and the family, law, politics, business, education, and religion.

  • Dan Pacheco is the Chair of Journalism and Innovation at the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where he teaches digital and entrepreneurial skills to journalists. He has worked as a reporter, product manager and entrepreneur over an 18 year period, starting with the launch of in 1996. Among his achievements are launching the first social networking service for a U.S.

  • Dan Schultz is a recent graduate from the MIT Media Lab and spent the past year working in the Boston Globe’s newsroom as a 2012 Knight-Mozilla Fellow.  Before his graduate studies he was awarded a Knight News Challenge grant to offer his thoughts, as a millennial technologist, about "Connecting People, Content, and Community."  Today he works as a freelancer and civic hacker, and is a member of the Shape Journalism team.

  • Dave Brousseau has always had an interest in comic books, comic strips and animation. After years of trying to channel that interest into a syndicated mainstream comic strip of his own, he created the gay feature “A Couple of Guys” in 1996. Nine months of little success with self-syndication finally led to the strip being picked up by Q Syndicate, which has been distributing it since May 1997. “A Couple of Guys” follows the adventures of Eric Parker, an actor and waiter, his husband Joey Romelli, a police officer, and plenty of offbeat relatives, friends, bar acquaintances and pets.

  • Copy Desk Chief, The San Francisco Chronicle

    David A. Steinberg is copy desk chief at The San Francisco Chronicle, where he has worked since 1996. He also serves as editor of The Chronicle Stylebook and chairs the paper’s Style Council, which sets the newspaper’s usage guidelines.

    He worked previously as a copy editor at the Boston Herald and the BPI Entertainment News Wire in Boston.

  • With over 25 years in broadcast media and community service leadership, David is a highly versatile journalist with a track record in anchoring and reporting the news and weather on top-rated programs in various time slots.  Recognized for “getting the job done” under the pressures of breaking news (and changing forecasts), he always leads and motivates others with optimism and a great sense of humor.

  • David Plazas is the engagement editor of The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., one of Gannett Company’s 80-plus community publications across the nation. He oversees digital journalism and social media, champions local content, and digital community engagement efforts, and serves on the editorial board.

  • David Webb is a veteran journalist who covered all facets of news for the mainstream and alternative media for 30 years with a special interest in HIV- and LGBT issues. He spent two years in the early 1990s with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project. He was a member of the Dallas Voice staff for seven years. Semi-retired, he’s a government meeting correspondent for Media One, in the Cedar Creek area.
  • David Zimmerman has worked in the publishing field for 18 years. He started his career at the Boston Business Journal and then moved to Boston Magazine where he was Director of Advertising for New England Travel Magazine and Elegant Wedding Magazine. David launched Boston Spirit magazine is April 2004. Boston Spirit, New England’s premier LGBT magazine, is published 6 times per year and contains articles on topics ranging from politics, business and the arts to travel and dining.

  • Debra Abbott-Walker is a manager for Prudential's New York Agency located in White Plains NY.  She has been a licensed financial professional for more than 20 years working in the LGBT community.  Debra was recently featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal and various printed media outlets regarding the DOMA decision. 

    Debra serves as the Co-Communications Director for Prudential's LGBT Business Resource Group EAGLES and resides in Fairfield, CT with her wife and young sons.

  • Don Lemon anchors CNN Newsroom during weekend prime-time and serves as a correspondent across CNN/U.S. programming, based out of the network's New York bureau. Lemon joined CNN in September 2006 after stints at NBC, MSNBC, and stations in Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Birmingham. 

  • Doug Stewart graduated from Emerson College and has worked as a journalist since 1989 when he started at WGGB in Springfield a news videographer, shooting video. He moved to WTIC in Hartford, and was named Operations Manager in 2003. In 2006 he made the transition to digital, producing content for the station’s website. He received his masters from Quinnipiac University in 2008. The TV station and the Hartford Courant merged operations in 2009 and he produces digital content, and reports on cars and technology.
  • Dr. Jay Michaelson is the Vice President of Social Justice Programs at the Arcus Foundation, the leading funder of LGBT causes in the world and a contributing editor of the Forward newspaper.  He is the author of the bestselling book God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon 2011) and the founder of three nonprofit organizations including Nehirim, a national LGBT Jewish community.  Jay holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A.

  • Emily Sweeney is a staff reporter at The Boston Globe and author of the book “Boston Organzied Crime.” She serves as president of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and frequently gives talks at schools, universities, and industry events. 
  • Francis Storrs is an assistant editor at the Globe Magazine, the Boston Globe’s Sunday magazine. His responsibilities include assigning and editing feature stories, from staff writers and freelancers alike, as well as running Perspective, the magazine’s front-of-the-book op-ed column (which is also open to freelancers!). Francis joined the Globe staff in 2010, after several years as a feature writer and senior editor at Boston Magazine.

  • Frank Rizzo is an arts writer and critic for The Hartford Courant , theater contributor for FOX/CT and the New England theater writer for Variety. He has also written for American Theatre Magazine, The New York Times, The Sondheim Review and other publications. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he was a Shubert Fellow. He grew up in Maynard, Massachusetts and now lives in New Haven, within walking distance to Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre and the Shubert Theater, “birthplace of the American Musical.”

  • Fred Kuhr, a native New Yorker, is an editor, reporter, performer and personal trainer based in Toronto. He currently serves as editor of Press Pass Q, the industry publication for professionals working in LGBT media. He has written for The Advocate, AdWeek, Toronto-based Xtra, Bay Windows and Boston Spirit Magazine. He has also worked as a reporter for SiriusOutQ News. He has served as a news analyst for the Fox News Channel, CBC Radio and the Boston Neighborhood Network.

  • As Legal Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Gary Buseck supervises GLAD's team of attorneys and sets legal strategy. He served as GLAD's Executive Director for six years, and also served as Legal Director for Lambda Legal from 2003-2004. Before coming to GLAD, Gary spent twenty years in private practice, and co-founded a Boston law firm focusing on the gay and lesbian community. He received both a Masters in Religious Education and a J.D. magna cum laude from Boston College.

  • Gary K. Daffin is Executive Director of Multicultural AIDS Coalition, an HIV/AIDS prevention organization serving communities of color in Greater Boston. He also serves as consultant to the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition/National Minority AIDS Council’s Be the Generation Bridge initiative to increase community knowledge of biomedical HIV prevention research.
  • Gary Kebbel is a journalism professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is working to create a Center for Mobile Media with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

    Formerly, he was dean of the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications for two years. During that time, the college created the nation's first Drone Journalism Lab.

  • Geoff Dankert is a Peabody-, Murrow- and Emmy-award winning journalist and producer whose 25+ year career includes work as a major-market TV news manager, online correspondent and radio reporter and editor. A former NLGJA Vice President - Broadcast, he is a proud Lifetime member and is marking his 20th year as a member of the organization. He lives in Chicago with his partner, publicist Ron Hall, and their dog Buster.
  • Gil has been the health and science editor since 2003. His staff has won numerous national awards, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. He previously was a medical reporter and editor at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. He studied biochemistry at Harvard College and journalism at Columbia University.

  • Activist and coalition builder Gregory Cendana is the first openly gay and youngest-ever Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement. He also serves on the Executive Committee of National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, as Chair for Labor Coalition for Community Action and is the youngest General Board member of the AFL-CIO.

  • Hilary Price has been drawing and writing Rhymes With Orange, her daily newspaper comic strip, since 1995. It has been voted “Best Newspaper Panel” by the National Cartoonists Society three times and appears in over 200 papers internationally. Her work has also appeared in Parade Magazine, The Funny Times, People and Glamour. When she began drawing Rhymes With Orange, she was the youngest woman to ever have a syndicated strip. 

  • J. Bryan Lowder is on the culture staff at Slate magazine, where he covers movies, art music, food, books, Bravo TV shows, and other fine cultural produce.

  • James A. Lopata is currently editor-in-chief of Boston Spirit magazine and blogs at He is TV emcee for Boston’s Pride Parade, a Grammy voter, and a multiple award-winning writer and editor, with writing on NPR, Huffington Post and in The New York Times. He served as editor of In Newsweekly, was a Wall Street executive, and holds degrees from Miami University and Harvard University.

  • Jason DeRose is Western Bureau Chief & Senior Editor for NPR News. He oversees news coverage from reporters and freelancers in the 13 Western states, where nearly one-third of NPR’s listeners live. These pieces air nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. The best perk of his job is that he visits each of his states every year. Before his current position, Jason was a business and economics editor at NPR News, and earlier edited the mid-day news magazine Day to Day.

  • Jeevan joined the FOX CT news team as a General Assignment Reporter in January 2011 covering stories across the state and across New England. He covered the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and was one of the first crews from CT to go live in the hours after the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks. Jeevan also covered Hurricanes Irene and Sandy as they bore down on the East Coast leaving hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents without power for days. 

  • Jeff McMillan is the assistant east editor for The Associated Press, leading the team of editors that processes spot news and enterprise for 10 states from Ohio to Maine. He has been a key editor on AP teams that covered the Newtown school massacre, the Penn State abuse case, Superstorm Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing. Before joining the East Desk in 2007, he was a supervisor on the AP’s national desk, a copy and graphics editor at Newsday, and a copy editor at the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

  • Jeff is the Director of the Digital Media Law Project. He received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1997. Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Jeff assisted a wide array of clients in First Amendment, media, intellectual property and Internet law issues as a partner in the litigation practice of Brown Rudnick LLP and later as counsel to Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor & Spearing, P.C. in Boston.

  • Jeremy Gilbert is an assistant professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and Northwestern’s Segal Design Institute, teaching media product design and digital innovation. He has directed award-winning, student-based digital projects and helped revamp the interactive curriculum. He created the first interdisciplinary journalism and computer science classes, helped found the Medill, McCormick Center for Innovation in Technology, Media, and Journalism and launch the Knight News Innovation Lab.

  • Jill Abramson is executive editor of The New York Times, a position she assumed in September 2011. Ms. Abramson serves in the highest ranking position in The Times’s newsroom and oversees The New York Times news report in all its various forms. Prior to being named executive editor, Ms. Abramson was managing editor of The Times from August 2003 until August 2011. As managing editor, she helped guide the newsroom through a particularly turbulent period. She helped supervise the coverage of two wars, four national elections, hurricanes and oil spills. She was also deeply engaged in the newsroom’s effort to change its approach to the dissemination of news and to expand to new and varied digital and mobile platforms.
  • John Bonifield is a producer for CNN's Health, Medical and Wellness unit, producing breaking medical news and health consumer reporting for CNN, HLN and In 2010, he field produced reports from a makeshift hospital in Haiti, highlighting the challenges in treating critically injured earthquake survivors. He has also reported on California's dark legacy of forced sterilizations, conflicts between surrogates and intended parents over abortion, and outrageous charges hidden in hospital bills.

  • John Davidow is an award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 20 years of local, national and international news and news management experience. Since joining the station in WBUR in 2003, John has led the station in winning numerous Regional Associated Press awards, including News Station of the Year in 2005 and 2004, plus the prestigious Regional Radio and TV News Directors Association (RTNDA) Awards, including the War in Iraq (2004) and Continuing Coverage of the 2004 Election (2005).Davidow is a 2010 Knight News Challenge winner.

  • John Tlumacki is a staff photographer for The Boston Globe, where he has worked since 1981. He was named the Boston Press Photographer of the Year for 2011, and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Assigned to cover the finish line for the 2013 Boston Marathon, he captured some of the most dramatic moments of the attack and its aftermath, and has been documenting the rehabilitation and recovery of two people he photographed on the day of the bombing, mother and daughter Celeste and Sydney Corcoran.
  • John Wolfson is the editor of Boston magazine. Earlier in his career, he was a staff reporter at the Seattle Times and the Orlando Sentinel, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Legal Affairs, Middlebury, Consumers Digest, and other publications.

  • Jordan started his career by creating the best-selling “Students’ Guide to Colleges” series of college guidebooks, which were released in five annual editions from Penguin Books.  He is currently the founder and CEO of Unigo, where he has grown the site to 7 figure annual revenues and more than 15 million visitors per year, and has raised venture capital from McGraw-Hill Ventures and education grants from The Gates Foundation. Jordan was recently named “One of the Top 30 Young Entrepreneurs in America” by Inc Magazine.

  • Jose Zamora joined Univision in June 2012. Jose leads strategic communications for Univision News. In that role he is responsible for ensuring that content produced by Univision’s news division has the widest possible reach and impact. Jose also manages the integration of media innovations into the newsroom and helps develop partnerships with foundations, nonprofits and other media and technology organizations that allow Univision News to further inform, engage and empower its audience.
  • Dr. Judith B. Bradford is Director of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health, and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, which serves as the Population Research Center’s home. The Center for Population Research in LGBT Health develops and supports collaborative research and education programs to understand and improve the health of sexual and gender minorities.
  • Judith Siegel is a Senior Information Architect at CNN Digital, working on the Product Design team in the Design Experience Group. In this position, Siegel provides UX support for the cross platform initiatives and products. In the past, she has provided support for enterprise long-form storytelling initiatives and interactives. Based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, Siegel reports to Chris Cenkner, Senior UX Lead.

  • Justin Karp is an expert on social media and directs the day-to-day management of He carefully monitors social media traffic for the station and was instrumental in taking the station's Facebook page from 20,000 fans to more than 100,000 fans in less than a year. Justin is also an adjunct instructor of online journalism for the University of Maryland.

  • Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network, an interdenominational nonprofit organization serving LGBT Christians and those who care about them. He is the host of GCN Radio, a popular podcast on faith and sexuality, and author of Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate.
    Justin grew up as a conservative Southern Baptist, preaching against gay acceptance until questions about his own sexuality forced him to reconsider everything he thought he knew.
  • Karen Bailis has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, most of the time at Newsday where she’s served as a news copy editor, assistant sports news editor, news editor and senior news editor. She takes pains to point out that her life as a copy editor and news editor has been more than fixing grammar and punctuation. Her guidance helps shape the paper into a lively presentation of each day’s news.
  • A Segment Producer, Writer, Photographer, and Editor with KGO-TV (ABC), Miguel has worked in nearly every part of the newsroom.  He has received numerous awards for his work, including 3 Emmys.   Miguel spent nearly 5 years as the Northern California Chapter President  before joining the National Board.

  • Dr. Kenneth Mayer, MD, is the Medical Research Director at Fenway Health, Boston, MA and Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He is the founder and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, the research, training and health policy division of Fenway Health.  Dr. Mayer has served on the national boards of the HIV Medicine Association, the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.

  • Kevin Naff is editor and co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication. An award-winning journalist, he has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists for his editorial writing. 

  • Kim Severson has been on staff at the The New York Times since 2004. After six years writing about cooking and the culture of food for the paper, she was named the Atlanta bureau chief in the fall of 2010. She covers a range of Southern news for the national desk and writes about food for national magazines.
  • Kristen Kentner (KENT ner) is the Director of Institutional Giving for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City. In her role Kristen secures and manages all corporate and foundation support for the Center, the second largest LGBT community center in the nation and a model for LGBT community centers worldwide.  Kristen also produces and curates the Center’s LGBT Economic Empowerment and Career Programming which represents both the monthly career series as well as a full week of economic education designed exclu

  • Lauree Hayden is deputy national political director for SEIU, working to balance the need to win in the short term with building power in the long term. She’s worked with SEIU for over nine years as organizer, rep and local political director with an SEIU Local in Louisiana, and most recently took on LGBTQ work full-time to explore opportunities to strengthen work around interests between the labor and LGBTQ movements.

  • Lee McGuire is the Chief Communications Officer for the Boston Public Schools, which encompasses approximately 57,000 students and approximately 9,000 staff across 127 schools. Lee is a Boston-area native and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Politics from Princeton University and a Masters in Broadcast Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to joining the Boston Public Schools, Lee was a television news reporter in Houston, Texas, where he covered city and state government for KHOU-TV.

  • Louis DiCesari (dee CHESS are ree) is vice president in Prudential’s Global Strategic Research department. Louis leads marketing research and analysis for multiple Prudential and multicultural initiatives. In this role, he has published and presented various thought leadership research on the value of life insurance, the impact of technology on the industry and the financial experiences of diverse populations, including most recently The LGBT Financial Experience and The African American Financial Experience.

  • LZ Granderson is a CNN Contributor and ESPN Senior Writer. The Hechinger Institute Fellow is a former NLGJA Journalist of the Year and has had his work recognized by the Online News Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. Prior to CNN and ESPN, Granderson worked at several newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal Constitution and The South Bend Tribune, covering everything from education and politics to home design and pop culture.
  • Marc Solomon is a preeminent front-line leader in the movement to win and protect marriage for same-sex couples, having worked on the cause full-time since 2004.

  • Marianne Duddy-Burke is Executive Director of DignityUSA, the leading organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics, their families, friends, and allies. She has also served as the organization’s President, Vice-President, New England Regional Director, and President of the Boston Chapter. Marianne received a Masters in Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was an Honors graduate of Wellesley College.

  • Marie K. Shanahan is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut. She spent 17 years as a reporter and online news editor before joining UConn's nationally accredited journalism program. Shanahan instructs undergraduate journalism students in digital newsgathering, multimedia storytelling and online ethics, while her academic research explores anonymous online speech, online commenting and digital defamation. Admittedly, she spends way too much time on social media. 

  • Marilyn Geewax is a senior business editor on NPR’s national desk and its national economics correspondent. She was the national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers’ Washington Bureau. Before coming to Washington in 1999, she worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, first as a business reporter and then as a columnist and editorial board member. 

  • Mark S. King has been writing about living with HIV since shortly after testing HIV positive in 1985.  His popular and often very funny blog,, chronicles his life as an HIV positive gay man in recovery from addiction. Mark received a 2008 NLGJA award for Best Written Opinion Piece for his essay, "Once, When We Were Heroes," about the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

  • Mark S. Luckie is a multi-platform journalist and editor, founder of the digital journalism blog 10,000 Words, and author of The Digital Journalist's Handbook, a guide to the tools necessary to thrive in the digital newsroom. He currently the Creative Content Manager for Journalism at Twitter. Luckie has produced multimedia and interactive stories for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The Contra Costa Times, and is a former crime and justice reporter for The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

  • Mark McNease is publisher and editor of lgbtSr, a site for LGBTQ people over 50. He spent 3 years as the story editor for foreign co-productions of Sesame Street. He co-created and wrote  a children's program, winning an Emmy in 2001. After 10 years at Reuters as the assistant to the Global Managing Editor he left to write the Klye Callahan Mystery series and devote his time to creating a space for the over-50 audience.

  • Walter Cronkite called him a friend, Hillary Clinton told him he was more tenacious than she, and Barack Obama just felt that they needed to sit down and talk, and they did. But most in the LGBT refer to Mark Segal as the dean of American gay journalism. Respected by his peers for pioneering the idea of local LGBT newspapers, he is one of the founders and former president of both The National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild.

  • NLGJA Lifetime Member and former journalist Marshall McPeek is the founder and principal of MRM Media & Marketing based in Key West, Florida. McPeek spent most of an award-winning, 20-year television career as a news anchor, reporter, and meteorologist in Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo, Ohio. 

  • Michael Luongo is a freelance journalist, editor and photographer and New York University adjunct professor teaching travel writing, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Bloomberg News, CNN, National Geographic Traveler, Gay City News, the Advocate, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel+Leisure, Details, Man About World and other publications, with most of his travel writing and international correspondence work concentrating on the Middle East and Latin America.

  • Michelle Johnson, Michelle Johnson is Associate Professor of the Practice, Multimedia Journalism, at Boston University.Johnson is a former editor for the Boston Globe and who teaches courses focused on producing for multiple platforms using the latest technologies.

  • Mycroft Masada Holmes is an interfaith transgender leader; Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s Interfaith Coalition for Trans Equality, a Community Engagement Adviser at TransFaith, and a member of Congregation Am Tikva and TransEpiscopal. Mycroft is also part of the movement for fat social justice.

  • Neil Savage is a freelance science writer covering technology, computing, and physical sciences. He writes for Nature, Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, Nautilus, Computerworld, and Communications of the ACM. He’s the former science correspondent for Sirius OutQ Radio. He has been an editor for a group of weekly newspapers in the Boston suburbs and a daily reporter for The Bristol (CT) Press. He holds a BA in English from the University of Rochester and an MS in science journalism from Boston University

  • Before joining Google as Media Outreach Lead on the Google For Media team, Nicholas Whitaker spent the last decade producing, shooting, directing and editing hundreds of videos for non-profits, fortune 100 companies, and government agencies. 

    Whitaker also was a professor at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, and Marymount Manhattan College where he taught courses in video production, new media and media theory. He's a storyteller and teacher at heart.

  • Nicole Lashomb is the editor-in-chief, co-owner and co-founder of The Rainbow Times, New England’s largest LGBT Newspaper and Pride projects producer. As a seasoned journalist and graphic designer for more than 11 years, she has focused on underrepresented communities and moving collective struggles forward.
  • Oriol Gutierrez is currently editor-in-chief of POZ magazine and, a national, award-winning magazine and website for people living with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS.

    He brings to Smart + Strong his passion for advocacy on behalf of people with HIV, as well as editorial experience since 1996. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1992.

    His responsibilities also include serving as editor in chief of TuSalud, Smart + Strong's new bilingual Spanish/English magazine covering Latino health and wellness.

  • Pat Griffin is Professor Emerita in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where her research and writing interests were LGBT issues in education and athletics.  She has been an advocate for LGBT equality in sport for over 30 years. She is founding director for Changing the Game: The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Sports Project. She is the former director of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s It Takes A Team project, an LGBT education project).

  • The daily drama of Washington occupies Patrick Terpstra's days as senior producer for Cox Media Group's Washington bureau. He chase stories from Congress, the White House and everywhere in between for a dozen Cox-owned television stations.Terstra came to Washington after a decade of experiance reporting in local television news. His beats included the space program, federal courts, campaigns and elections, and plenty of crime and weather stories. 

  • Randy Gener is the U.S. editor of Critical Stages, an international journal on global politics and performance. The 2010 recipient of NLGJA's Journalist of the Year Award for Excellence in Journalism, Gener is also the U.S.

  • As CEO and Founder of The Bradford Advocacy Group, Ray Bradford is a policy advocate for diversity in the news and entertainment industries.  As National Director of Policy and Diversity Advocacy for SAG-AFTRA, he was the union’s principal liaison with the AFL-CIO, its affiliate unions, state and local federations, and the young workers movement.  Previously, he served as AFTRA’s first and only National Director for Equal Employment Opportunities, a post he helped create in 1999 and held until the 2012 merger with SAG, addressing issues of concern to the union’s women, seniors, p

  • Reed McDowell was bitten by the journalism bug in 1991. While his friends were watching Beavis & Butthead, he was staying up late to watch cable news coverage of the Gulf War. Today, he's the special projects producer for Fox NewsEdge - the affiliate services division of Fox News. He has helped coordinate affiliate operations for last year's political conventions, presidential debates, election night rallies in Boston & Chicago, President Obama's second inauguration, the Papal Conclave and even American Idol.

  • Richard Schneider, Jr. received his PhD in sociology from Harvard in the early 1980's. He taught sociology and anthropology as an “itinerant scholar” for the University of Maryland's European Division for the next five years. He then returned to Boston to become the Director of Research for a Boston-based consulting firm, The Center for Strategy Research, where he remained through most of the 90's. He founded The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review in 1994 and has remained its editor and de facto publisher ever since.

  • Robert David Sullivan is a freelance editor and a contributor to such publications as the A.V. Club, the Boston Globe, and America magazine. He is a former managing editor of CommonWealth magazine and has held editing posts at the Boston Phoenix, the New York Blade, and the Boston Business Journal. He is currently president of the NLGJA's Boston chapter and blogs at

  • Bob DeFillippo is the Chief Communications Officer for Prudential Financial, one of the largest diversified financial institutions in the world, with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of June 30, 2013, and operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.  He is responsible for the company’s public relations, crisis communications, event marketing, internet and social media editorial content, video production, and employee engagement communications.

  • Roberta Sklar is the Communications Director and Press Secretary of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. A leading communications strategist, a media relations’ specialist, and a veteran of social justice media campaigns, she has worked to advance LGBT civil rights, sexual and reproductive health rights, and global female empowerment.
  • Rod McCullom is a multimedia journalist who reports on politics, health, global development, race and sexuality.  He has written and produced for ABC News, NBC, ABC 7 New York, FOX Chicago and is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic and EBONY. Rod is also a regular contributor to Voice of Russia.

  • Sean Kelly is an award winning investigative and general assignment reporter for WCVB-TV, the Hearst-owned ABC station in Boston. He helped lead WCVB's acclaimed coverage of April's Boston Marathon bombing and the search for the bombers, leading to the arrest of suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Prior to arriving in Boston, he reported for TV stations in West Palm Beach, Florida and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sean is a graduate of Villanova University and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

  • Sean Strub is a writer, activist and the author of the forthcoming Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival, (Scribner, January 2014).

    Strub founded POZ Magazine and served as its publisher and executive editor from 1994 to 2004. Today he is executive director of the Sero Project, a network of people with HIV and allies fighting for freedom from injustice and stigma.


  • Shane Larson has served as the Legislative Director for the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA) since April of 2010.  Shane, a native of South Dakota, attended Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, earning a BSFS in International Politics.

    Shane began his career working for Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) in Washington, D.C. and South Dakota serving as Deputy Press Secretary in his Senate office and Communications Director on his 1998 re-election campaign. 

  • Sharif Durhams is the social media editor and a newsroom digital strategist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He consults with reporters and editors on their use of digital tools as well as the look and feel of new products launched by the media company.

    Durhams was one of the initial members of the Journal Sentinel’s breaking news team and created the news organization’s first breaking news Twitter account. Durhams is a NLGJA board member and has worked at The Charlotte Observer.

  • Stephanie Mott is a transsexual woman from Topeka, Kansas. She has written a monthly column for the Kansas LGBT newspaper, Liberty Press, since April, 2008; and started writing for lgbtSr in July 2011. She has published more than 70 articles and provided more than 200 workshops and presentations on transgenderism. Stephanie is the founder and executive director of Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project and State Chair of Kansas Equality Coalition.
  • Sue O'Connell is the co-publisher of Bay Windows, New England's largest newspaper serving the LGBT community and The South End News, a Boston neighborhood weekly.  She appears regularly as a contributor and guest host on WGBH Radio's Callie Crossley Show. O'Connell often appears on New England Cable News's "Broadside with Jim Braude."

  • Susan Johnston is a Boston-based writer whose articles on career, business, and lifestyle topics have appeared in or on, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor,, Parade Magazine, and The Writer Magazine. She has also contributed to brand journalism projects for clients including American Express, Intuit,, and Find her online at
  • Susan Ryan-Vollmar is the principal of Influence Consulting, a public relations and communications firm. She also has 15 years’ experience as a journalist. As the news editor of the Boston Phoenix, she shaped the paper’s award-winning coverage of the Boston Archdiocese’s clergy sex abuse scandal. As the editor-in-chief of Bay Windows and the South End News, she covered the Massachusetts civil marriage rights story.

  • Tim Curran led America's first national commercial broadcast newsroom focused on the LGBT community, as news director and chief anchor for SiriusXM OutQ, from its launch in 2003 through 2012. In that role, he coached dozens of interns and stringers with backgrounds in print and online to sound like broadcasters. Tim has worked in mainstream TV newsrooms all over the U.S., and has recently returned to his pre-Sirius career as a cable documentary producer.

  • Writer-artist Tim Fish has been published by Marvel Comics, Oni Press, and Fantagraphics. His work has ranged from coming of age angst in the graphic novel STRUGGLERS to gay romance in CAVALCADE OF BOYS. His work has been translated to French, Italian, and Portuguese, and he's been a frequent speaker at comic book festivals from Comic Con International in San Diego to the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France.
    Tim is based in Boston and spends his days working at MIT.

  • Todd Evans is President and CEO of Rivendell Media, America’s leading gay and lesbian media placement firm. Rivendell was founded in 1979 and represents 95 percent of all gay, lesbian and HIV/AIDS publications in the United States and Canada. He also owned Q Syndicate, the leading content provider for LGBT media for many years, and is currently publisher of Press Pass Q, the only trade publication for professionals working in LGBT media.   Todd Evans graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor in Political Science. 

  • Tom Musbach is Director of Content Marketing for, where he built the company’s social media strategy and found new ways to tell the brand’s story through a variety of content offerings. His prior experience includes senior editorial roles at Yahoo! and PlanetOut Inc., and he lives in San Francisco.

  • Tony Jovenitti, a freelance writer and blogger, currently covers WCHA and Big Ten hockey for College Hockey News. He also blogs for Puck Buddys, a gay hockey blog, where he writes about learning to play hockey in the country's largest gay hockey league – the Madison Gay Hockey Association. Tony entered the world of LGBT activism in April 2013 when, inspired by Jason Collins, he came out in an essay on He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a dual major in journalism and political science.

  • Tracy Baim is publisher and executive editor at Windy City Media Group, which produces Windy City Times, Nightspots, and other gay media in Chicago. She co-founded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987. She has won numerous gay community and journalism honors, including the Community Media Workshop’s Studs Terkel Award in 2005. She started in Chicago gay journalism in 1984 at GayLife newspaper, one month after graduating with a news-editorial degree from Drake University.