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Wednesday, September 18
 

7:00pm

Late Night Networking: RNA Social Hour
Round up your friends and meet at The International Bar just off the lobby for casual networking and socializing.

Wednesday September 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The International Bar // Westgate
 
Thursday, September 19
 

8:30am

Registration
Thursday September 19, 2019 8:30am - 8:30pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

10:00am

Sponsored panel & continental breakfast from the American Jewish Committee: Anti-Semitism in politics, pews and overseas
From tropes and dog whistles to violence in our nation’s synagogues and abroad, what is new about the oldest hatred? Experts talk about how to recognize antisemitism in religious, political and communal settings. They will discuss efforts to fight the latest scourge and what the U.S. and other countries can learn from Europe.

Sponsored by American Jewish Committee.


Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Andrew Baker

Rabbi Andrew Baker

Director of International Jewish Affairs, American Jewish Committee
As AJC’s Director of International Jewish Affairs, Rabbi Andrew Baker is responsible for maintaining relationships with Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora and addressing their concerns. He has been a prominent figure in international efforts to combat anti-Semitism and in... Read More →
avatar for Rabbi Noam Marans

Rabbi Noam Marans

Director, Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, American Jewish Committee
Rabbi Noam Marans is AJC's Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, heading the agency’s national interfaith outreach and advocacy. A recognized leader in Catholic-Jewish dialogue, he played a central role in the fiftieth anniversary of the transformational Nostra Aetate... Read More →
avatar for Julie Rayman

Julie Rayman

Director of Political Outreach, American Jewish Committee
Since January 2012, Julie Rayman, Director of Political Outreach, has served as the lead legislative advocate for AJC’s policy priorities. On behalf of AJC, she supported the launch of congressional caucuses including the Bipartisan Taskforce for Anti-Semitism, the Congressional... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Convention area // Westgate Resort

11:00am

PANEL: Immigration
@daveschechter

Moderators
DS

Dave Schechter

Atlanta, GA, Freelance Journalist

Speakers
NK

Nahla Kayali

Executive Director, Access California Services
avatar for Mark Tooley

Mark Tooley

President, Institute on Religion and Democracy
mtooley@theird.org  //  202-682-4131  //  Mark Tooley is IRD’s president and editor of IRD’s foreign policy and national security journal, "Providence." Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of Georgetown... Read More →
avatar for Mark Hetfield

Mark Hetfield

President and CEO, HIAS
mark.hetfield@hias.org // 301-844-7267  //  Mark Hetfield is the president and chief executive officer of HIAS, the world's oldest organization dedicated to refugees, founded in 1881 as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. A global agency guided by Jewish values assisting refugees... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

12:00pm

12:00pm

12:30pm

1:30pm

2:00pm

PANEL: Religion, Socialism & Economic Justice
Christianity and capitalism are deeply intertwined in the United States, but there's far more than just the prosperity gospel when it comes to religion in politics and economics, and not all socialists are atheists. This panel will explore the history of religion on the left, particularly in the context of socialism and movements for economic justice. Panelists will also cover contemporary labor and economic justice movements, highlighting stories that the press has overlooked and areas where media coverage can be strengthened.

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Russell-Kraft

Stephanie Russell-Kraft

Freelance Journalist
@srussellkraft  //  Stephanie Russell-Kraft is a Brooklyn-based writer and reporter covering the intersections of religion, law, gender, labor & workplace issues. She has written for The New Republic, The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, Bloomberg, Columbia Journalism Review... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shakeel Syed

Shakeel Syed

Executive Director, OCCORD
@OCCORDOC  //  shakeel@occord.org  //  Syed serves the Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) as its Executive Director and is a life long activist for civil rights & civil liberties. He serves the boards of American Civil Liberties Union (Southern... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Andrew Wilkes

Rev. Andrew Wilkes

Double Love Experience Church
678-595-7447  //  pastorandrew.doublelove@gmail.com  //  @AndrewJWilkes  //  The Rev. Andrew Wilkes is the principal of Wilkes Advocacy Group, the co-lead pastor of the new church start, The Double Love Experience in Brooklyn, NY, and the former associate pastor of Social Justice... Read More →
avatar for Betty Hung

Betty Hung

Staff Director, UCLA Labor Center
Betty Hung is the Co-Chair of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and the Staff Director of the UCLA Labor Center. For over 20 years, Betty has worked on campaigns and initiatives in the areas of workers rights, racial justice, immigrant rights, education equity, and... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Director, Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice
@liztheo  //  The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church, the director of the Kairos Center for Rights, Religions, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary and the co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

3:00pm

PANEL: Saving Souls in Sin City: The secret life of ministry in the party city
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is the catchphrase description of a city that is home to a variety of lifestyles unlike most other places in the United States. It’s not just the notorious ones, such as the gambling tourists. There are also large immigrant populations, who flock to the city for cheap living and good-paying jobs, for example. This panel will explore the ways that religious communities minister to the city’s diverse population, either within their houses of worship, or on the Strip itself.

Speakers
avatar for J B Myers

J B Myers

Elder and minister, Bright Angel Church of Christ
J B Myers has preached for the Church of Christ for more than 40 years and has been the preacher for the Bright Angel Church of Christ in Las Vegas, Nev., since 1999. Myers holds a Master of Science degree in community counseling and the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Addiction... Read More →
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Imam Fateen Seifullah

Masjid As Sabur
avatar for Rabbi Sanford Akselrad

Rabbi Sanford Akselrad

Congregation Ner Tamid
702-733-6292 //  rabbak@lvnertamid.org  //  Sanford Akselrad has served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Tamid since he came to Las Vegas in 1988. During this time, the Synagogue grew from approximately 60 to over 600 families, becoming the largest Reform Synagogue... Read More →
avatar for Annie Lobert

Annie Lobert

President, Hookers for Jesus
@annielobert  //  annie@hookersforjesus.net  //  702-883-5155  //  Annie Lobert is a wife, speaker, author, entrepreneur, thought leader, advocate for the abused, non-profit founder and CEO, and a survivor of more than a decade of sex trafficking in Hawaii, Minneapolis, and... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

4:00pm

4:30pm

Sponsored panel from Freedom From Religion Foundation: Christian Nationalism in the Age of Trump
This panel will focus on Christian Nationalism's recent upsurge, including the Trump administration's role in potentially aiding and abetting the movement.

Speakers
avatar for Amit Pal

Amit Pal

Director of Communications, Freedom From Religion Foundation
apal@ffrf.org  //  608-213-2819  //  Amit Pal is the Communications Director of FFRF. Prior to joining in February 2016, he was the Managing Editor of The Progressive magazine for more than a decade. He was also the editor of the Progressive Media Project, an affiliate of The... Read More →
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Jack Jenkins

National Reporter, Religion News Service
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Katherine Stewart

Journalist and author
Author of the forthcoming book, "The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism"
avatar for Andrew L. Seidel

Andrew L. Seidel

Director of Strategic Response, Freedom From Religion Foundation
andrew@ffrf.org  //  @AndrewLSeidel  //  Andrew L. Seidel is an attorney and author. He is the director of strategic response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which works to keep state and church separate. Andrew's writing has appeared in Slate, ThinkProgress, Religion... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

5:30pm

6:00pm

8:00pm

 
Friday, September 20
 

8:00am

Registration
Friday September 20, 2019 8:00am - 7:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

8:30am

10:00am

PROGRAM: Millennials & Spirituality — Measuring Millennial Spirituality
More than one third of American Millennials have ticked the box for “No religion” on recent polls, but dismissing this generation as nonpractioners of faith may be shortsighted. Instead, some Millennials are embracing forms of spirituality that connect the human spirit in soulful ways outside the walls of houses of worship — in fitness studios, mindful meditation retreats, civic engagement or theology debates over microbrews. But how do these new forms of spirituality translate in polling data? This panel examines the pitfalls in measuring Millennial spirituality and offers resources for covering these emerging communities.

This program was produced in collaboration with The Fetzer Institute.

Moderators
avatar for Emma Green

Emma Green

Staff writer, The Atlantic
@emmaogreenEmma Green is a staff writer at The Atlantic, writing on religion, especially as it overlaps with politics and culture. A 2012 graduate of Georgetown University where she studied government, Green began a fellowship with The Atlantic after graduating and has been there... Read More →

Speakers
AC

Alan Cooperman

Director, Religion Research, Pew Research Center
Alan Cooperman is director of religion research at Pew Research Center. He is an expert on religion’s role in U.S. politics and has reported on religion in Russia, the Middle East and Europe. He plays a central role in planning the project’s research agenda and writing its reports... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Convention area // Westgate Resort

11:00am

PROGRAM: Millennials & Spirituality — Four Millennials Who Are Redefining Faith
In 2017, Pew Research reported that 27% of US adults identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Among those are Millennials who question religious teachings and openly challenge religious institutions, their doctrine and views, but still want to self-identify as religious. This panel will feature four millennial voices from different faiths who are taking back ownership of the identifier “religious” as they reshape and redefine spiritual practices.

This program was produced in collaboration with The Fetzer Institute.

Moderators
avatar for Dina Zingaro

Dina Zingaro

Associate Producer, CBS 60 Minutes
Dina Zingaro, Associate Producer, CBS 60 Minutes, @DinaZingaro, https://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/

Speakers
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Kyra Limberakis

Assistant Director, Office of Vocation & Ministry at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
avatar for Rosemary Card

Rosemary Card

Podcaster / Author / Fashion Designer, Q.More / Q. Noore
@rosemarycard  // 801-380-4014ROSEMARY CARD graduated from BYU with a bachelors in Broadcast Journalism in 2013. After working as a film producer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rosemary launched Q.NOOR, an LDS women’s clothing line, in 2015.As both a retired... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

12:00pm

12:30pm

LUNCH & PROGRAM: Millennials & Spirituality — Covering Millennial Spirituality
This program was produced in collaboration with The Fetzer Institute.


Friday September 20, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

1:30pm

2:00pm

PANEL: Sanctuaries or Soft Targets? How Houses of Worship Are Grappling with the Threat of Attacks
There was a time when houses of worship were considered safe spaces, sanctuaries that offered refuge and welcomed strangers. But several recent attacks at churches, Sikh temples, mosques and synagogues have left people of faith wondering how safe their sanctuaries are. This panel will explore the conundrum of protecting congregants while maintaining the sanctity of these sacred spaces.

Moderators
avatar for Deepa Bharath

Deepa Bharath

Staff Writer, Southern California News Group
@reporterdeepa  //  Deepa Bharath is a staff writer for the Southern California News Group, covering a wide range of issues including religion, health, demographics, cultures and extremism for the company's newspapers in the region. She has worked as a reporter for several Southern... Read More →

Speakers
PS

Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Executive Director, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
avatar for Rev. Mark Whitlock

Rev. Mark Whitlock

Senior Pastor, Reid Temple AME Church
301-352-0320  //  Rev. Mark Whitlock is senior pastor of the Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Md. From August 1998 to July 2019, he served as pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, Calif., a church he grew from five members to nearly 4,000. During his time in California... Read More →
avatar for Alon Stivi

Alon Stivi

CEO, Direct Measures International
ALON@DIRECTMEASURES.COM  //  949-355-4885  //  Alon Stivi is the CEO of Direct Measures and the founder / developer of ACT Cert ® program. He is a leading authority on unconventional security, counterterrorism and travel safety and a POST certified law enforcement trainer who... Read More →
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Capt. Sasha Larkin

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department


Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

3:05pm

BREAKOUT PANEL: High church? Marijuana, mushrooms and drug-related religious activism
Drug policy is changing nationwide, as states legalize medical or recreational marijuana, cities vote on psilocybin use and leaders reconsider penalties for those caught with illegal substances. This panel will address how faith groups are responding to these shifts and what future changes to expect in the next few years.

Moderators
avatar for Kelsey Dallas

Kelsey Dallas

National Religion Reporter, Deseret News
@kelsey_dallasKelsey Dallas is the national religion reporter for the Deseret News. She also serves as editor of ReligionLink.

Speakers
MS

Marty Stephens

Director of government relations, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
avatar for Peter Droege

Peter Droege

Marijuana and Drug Addiction Policy Fellow, Centennial Institute, Colorado Christian University
303-519-9533  //  pjdroege@gmail.com  //  Peter Droege is the Fellow of Addiction Policy at the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, where he focuses on:• Protecting Colorado’s youth and communities from the harms of legalized marijuana and other drugs... Read More →
avatar for Emmett Reistroffer

Emmett Reistroffer

Cannabis Consultant
@LoveProphecies  //  emmett.reistroffer@gmail.com  //  (303) 557-8184  //  Emmett’s professional roots and passion run deep in cannabis activism, stemming from his first call to action at 19 years old when he volunteered to help multiple sclerosis patients testify at the South... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

3:05pm

BREAKOUT PANEL: Opinion Journalism on the God Beat
Opinion writing plays an important role in the media and religion ecosystem. From Religion News Service's diverse roster of columnists to religion reporters at major newspapers penning the occasional editorial or news analysis piece, opinion journalism on the God beat takes many forms. This panel will center the experiences of RNA reporters and editors to expose the opportunities, benefits and pitfalls of opinion writing.

Moderators
avatar for Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Freelance
@guthriegf

Speakers
JR

Jana Riess

Columnist, Religion News Service


Friday September 20, 2019 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

4:05pm

4:30pm

Sponsored panel by Notre Dame: Extreme Coverage: Reporting on Religion, Peace, and Conflict
New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, one of the world’s leading reporters on religious extremism, joins religion historian R. Scott Appleby of the University of Notre Dame to consider how faith is represented in the media and how it might be reexamined, especially in connection to peace and conflict.

Sponsored by the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs.


Friday September 20, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

6:30pm

8:00pm

 
Saturday, September 21
 

8:00am

8:00am

Registration
Saturday September 21, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

8:30am

9:30am

10:00am

PANEL: The Whistleblowers
“I have another name for what they’re terming whistleblowers, and that’s righteous heroes…And thank goodness for them.” No religion is exempt from assault and scandal, and none is exempt from those willing to step up and speak out against that wrongdoing. This panel will bring together men and women in different faiths who have chosen to risk family, community and profession to call out a misuse and abuse of religious power against them or others. This panel will address how those in power, in many situations, still remain in power even after being exposed. We will discuss why and how these whistleblowers reached their ultimate decision to speak out and ultimately ask themselves the question: “Whose law do I abide by — man or the divine?”

Moderators
avatar for Dina Zingaro

Dina Zingaro

Associate Producer, CBS 60 Minutes
Dina Zingaro, Associate Producer, CBS 60 Minutes, @DinaZingaro, https://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/

Speakers
avatar for Siobhan O'Connor

Siobhan O'Connor

stmk16670@gmail.com  //  716-544-4846  //  @mk16670  //  A cradle Catholic born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., Siobhan O'Connor earned her BA in History and a Masters in Childhood Education. With 10 years experience as an executive assistant, Siobhan began working for Bishop Richard... Read More →
avatar for Lyvonne Proverbs

Lyvonne Proverbs

beautiful scars
hello@lyvonnep.com // 707-731-9486 // @LyvonneP  //  Lyvonne Proverbs, MDiv, a New York City native, is a body and sex-positive pastor, preacher, transformational speaker, spiritual life coach, writer, poet, educator, and conscious creative social entrepreneur. An Emmy-award-winning... Read More →
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Trudy Metzger

Executive Director, Generations Unleashed


Saturday September 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Convention area // Westgate Resort

11:05am

BREAKOUT PANEL: Challenging Secularism: Hindu Fundamentalism in India and the Diaspora
Under the right-wing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has seen a rise in Hindu nationalism and an increased targeting of religious minorities. This panel will examine what is Hindu nationalism, whether and how it is supported through groups in the United States and why nuanced reporting matters.

Moderators
avatar for Deepa Bharath

Deepa Bharath

Staff Writer, Southern California News Group
@reporterdeepa  //  Deepa Bharath is a staff writer for the Southern California News Group, covering a wide range of issues including religion, health, demographics, cultures and extremism for the company's newspapers in the region. She has worked as a reporter for several Southern... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Paul

Sonia Paul

Freelance Journalist
@sonipaul // Sonia Paul is a freelance journalist and audio producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her stories have aired and published on NPR, PRI, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Religion News Service and many other outlets. From 2013 to 2015, she was based in Lucknow... Read More →
avatar for Kalpana Jain

Kalpana Jain

Senior Religion & Ethics Editor, The Conversation US
@kalpanajain // Kalpana is a senior ethics and religion editor at The Conversation US. She is a long-time investigative journalist who reported on India’s ailing public health system and many other social justice issues for The Times of India. Her reports led to the resignation... Read More →
avatar for Amit Pal

Amit Pal

Director of Communications, Freedom From Religion Foundation
apal@ffrf.org  //  608-213-2819  //  Amit Pal is the Communications Director of FFRF. Prior to joining in February 2016, he was the Managing Editor of The Progressive magazine for more than a decade. He was also the editor of the Progressive Media Project, an affiliate of The... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2019 11:05am - 12:05pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

11:05am

BREAKOUT PANEL: Finding the Right Images for the Faith Beat
This panel will feature photographers and videographers discussing how to find the right visuals for your story. They will address the unique challenges of working in sacred spaces and offer tips for reporters who are asked to take their own photos.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Kineke

Liz Kineke

Freelance broadcast journalist
Liz is a broadcast journalist who for the last 14 years has specialized in reporting on religion and spirituality. She has written and produced 45 half-hour shows about religion in America for the CBS Religion & Culture series.  During her tenure she has looked at faith and religion... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Rush

Andrew Rush

Photographer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
@andrewrush  //Andrew Rush has been a photographer at the Post-Gazette since 2007. He started his career as chief photographer at the New Castle News in New Castle, Pa., after graduating from the University of Missouri Journalism School. He lives in Beaver, Pa. with his wife and... Read More →
avatar for Audrey Galex

Audrey Galex

Freelance Producer, AIB-TV
@audreygalex  //  Audrey Galex is Content Manager and producer for the AIB Network (Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters.) She is on the board of Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and Atlanta’s Essential Theatre. Audrey served as a producer/writer for CNN (Atlanta and Jerusalem bureau... Read More →
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David Gladstone

Cameraman, CBS News


Saturday September 21, 2019 11:05am - 12:05pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

12:05pm

12:30pm

Lunch, sponsored by TBN
Event sponsored by TBN.


Saturday September 21, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

1:45pm

PANEL: Abortion, Religion & the Courts
Faith groups are front and center across the abortion issue, with some pushing to curtail abortion rights and others urging courts and legislatures to protect women's right to an abortion. As states pass six-week abortion bans, each side says they are morally called to their beliefs. In this panel, we'll sort through some of the myriad religious viewpoints and how they're poised to impact the future of abortion in the United States.

Moderators
avatar for Danae King

Danae King

Religion Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
@DanaeKing  //  Danae King is the faith and values and immigration reporter at The Columbus Dispatch, where she has been since October 2016. Previously, she worked as a business reporter at The Lima News and as an education reporter at The (Findlay) Courier. A Bowling Green State... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Hara Person

Rabbi Hara Person

Chief Executive, Central Conference of American Rabbis
hperson@ccarnet.org // 212-972-3636  //  Rabbi Hara Person is the chief executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Previously she was the CCAR's chief strategy officer and served as publisher of CCAR Press.Rabbi Person is also the co-author of "Stories of Heaven and... Read More →
avatar for Father Frank Pavone

Father Frank Pavone

National Director, Priests for Life
917-331-3477  //  @frfrankpavone  //  Father FRANK PAVONE was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor, and since 1993 has served as national director of Priests for Life. He is also president of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the national pastoral director of... Read More →
avatar for Elaina Ramsey

Elaina Ramsey

Executive Director, Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
elaina@ohiorcrc.org  //  703-403-3424  //  Elaina Ramsey (she/her) serves as the executive director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the editor of Red Letter Christians.With a decade of campaign, advocacy, and communications experience, Elaina loves... Read More →


Saturday September 21, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

3:00pm

BREAKOUT PANEL: Faith in the Age of Social Media: How religion journalists can best use social media in reporting
The dawn of the Internet has revolutionized the way religious communities interact with each other. "Exvangelical" Facebook groups have become alternatives to Sunday morning service, the r/religion subreddit acts as a forum for some to declare their steadfast beliefs, while others post their existential angst, and "Muslim Twitter" bands together to write satire in troubling times. This panel will explore the way religious communities are using social media and how religion reporters can use these platforms to generate story ideas and find sources.

Moderators
avatar for Liam Adams

Liam Adams

Freelance journalist

Speakers
avatar for Aysha Khan

Aysha Khan

Reporter, Religion News Service
@ayshabkhan  //  Aysha Khan contributes reporting on Muslim American issues for RNS. She holds a degree in multi-platform journalism from the University of Maryland. In 2016, she was a reporting intern in Washington, D.C. with RNS and ThinkProgress. Her work has also appeared in... Read More →
avatar for Sophia Smith Galer

Sophia Smith Galer

Visual Journalist, BBC World Service
@sophiasgaler  //  Sophia Smith Galer is the BBC World Service’s first Visual Journalist dedicated to religion. She covers the complexities of contemporary faith around the world, self-shooting and editing video for online and single-handedly running the World Service’s Instagram... Read More →
avatar for Chrissy Stroop

Chrissy Stroop

Co-founder, Exvangelical
CSTROOP@GMAIL.COM  //  317-442-8401


Saturday September 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

3:00pm

PANEL: How to Cover Horrific Events
Gun violence, hate crimes and natural disasters devastate communities. They also create difficult assignments for religion reporters. This panel will explore how to respectfully cover a horrific event and how to take care of yourself in the process.

Moderators
avatar for Holly Meyer

Holly Meyer

Religion Reporter, The Tennessean
Holly Meyer covers religion for The Tennessean, which is the daily newspaper in Nashville, Tenn. Her stories regularly appear in USA TODAY and other publications across the USA TODAY NETWORK. During her decade-long career as a professional journalist, Holly also has covered religion... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Berry Hawes

Jennifer Berry Hawes

Post and Courier
@JenBerryHawes  //  Jennifer Berry Hawes works on the Watchdog and Public Service desk of The Post and Courier, the daily newspaper in Charleston, S.C. She was part of the team that produced “Till Death Do Us Part,” the newspaper’s series about domestic violence that won the... Read More →
avatar for Jamie Aten

Jamie Aten

Blanchard Chair of Humanitarian Disaster Leadership, Wheaton College
@drjamieaten  //  Dr. Jamie Aten is the founder and executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute and Blanchard Chair of Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership at Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.). His latest book includes "A Walking Disaster: What Katrina and Cancer Taught... Read More →
avatar for Yonat Shimron

Yonat Shimron

National Reporter and Senior Editor, Religion News Service
@yonatshimron //  Yonat Shimron joined RNS in April 2011 and became managing editor in 2013. She was the religion reporter for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. from 1996 to 2011. During that time she won numerous awards. She is a past president of the Religion News Associati... Read More →
avatar for Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Religion editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
@PG_PeterSmith  //  Peter Smith is religion writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and previously covered religion as a staff writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a freelancer for Religion News Service. He is the current president of RNA.


Saturday September 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

4:15pm

Member Meeting
Saturday September 21, 2019 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Convention area // Westgate Resort

6:30pm

7:00pm

9:30pm