Bill Buzenberg

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Bill Buzenberg

Bill Buzenberg has been a journalist and newsroom leader for more than 45 years. Most recently (2007-2015) he was executive director of the Washington, D.C.–based Center for Public Integrity, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism in 2014.

He was vice president of NPR News for seven years (1989-1997), and before that an NPR foreign affairs correspondent for 11 years (1978-1989), including three years as NPR’s London bureau chief at the BBC. He oversaw a doubling of the NPR audience and was responsible for launching "Talk of the Nation," as well as the expansion of "All Things Considered" and 24-hour NPR newscasts. During his tenure, the NPR News Division was honored with nine DuPont-Columbia Batons and 10 Peabody Awards.

He was also vice president of news for Minnesota Public Radio / American Public Media for nine years (1998-2006). At MPR, Buzenberg also doubled the size of MPR’s audience and launched American RadioWorks, a public radio documentary and investigative unit, and "Speaking of Faith" ("On Being"), a public radio program on religion. At MPR, Buzenberg helped launch Southern California Public Radio and KPCC, now the largest Los Angeles public radio news station. He also began Public Insight Journalism, an innovative use of technology to draw knowledge from the audience.

In spring 2015, Buzenberg completed his second Harvard fellowship, the latest one at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School. He now lives near Seattle and serves on various media boards. He launched Fundraising Whisperer Inc. in late 2015 to help non-profit news organizations grow their foundation support. He also works part time as a vice president and strategic director for YES! Magazine based on Bainbridge Island, where he resides. In early 2016, the American Press Institute will release a new major study on the ethics of foundation funding of non-profit news organizations, of which he is one of the main authors.

A former Peace Corps volunteer, Buzenberg has been recognized with numerous awards, including the CPB’s Edward R. Murrow Award, public radio's highest honor. He was co-editor of the memoirs of the late CBS News President Richard Salant ("Salant, CBS, and the Battle for the Soul of Broadcast Journalism"). A graduate of Kansas State University, Buzenberg has also been a fellow at the University of Michigan, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

 

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Vicente Calderón

Vicente Calderón

With more than 30 years practicing journalism on both sides of the border, Vicente Calderón understands as few others do the dynamic and complex region that defines México and the United States.

Today we talk about the new phenomenon of "All Terrain" reporters, but Calderón has a long and impressive career that has grown and evolved with the development of multimedia platforms where the best news content is produced and consumed.

Calderón started in radio in Tijuana and has accumulated experience and knowledge in Los Angeles as a TV news anchor as well as in San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico, first as a reporter and today as editor of Tijuana’s first online news site, Tijuanapress.com.

He has developed news in English and Spanish, producing for CBS News and ITN of England or Al Jazeera America, as well serving as a correspondent for national media such as Milenio TV.

At the same time Tijuanapress.com is dedicated to the professional training and development of journalists and to the promotion and defense of freedom of expression on both sides of the border.

Calderón is also the editorial coordinator for Newsweek en Español in Baja California.


Jeffrey Davidow

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Jeffrey Davidow

Over the course of a 34-year career in the Foreign Service, Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow became one of America's most senior and well-respected diplomats. He has extensive experience in both Latin America and Africa, having served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Venezuela and Zambia. He also headed the State Department's efforts in Latin America, serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He retired in 2003 from the U.S. State Department with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest position in the Foreign Service, which, by law, can be held by no more than five individuals at one time.

In 1993, President Clinton nominated Ambassador Davidow to be U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, a position he held until 1996. From 1996 to 1998, he was the State Department's chief policymaker for the Western Hemisphere, serving as Assistant Secretary of State for that region. President Clinton nominated Ambassador Davidow again in 1998, this time as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Ambassador Davidow held this post from 1998 until 2002. After leaving Mexico in September 2002, he became a Visiting Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Ambassador Davidow joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1969 and began his career at the American Embassy in Guatemala. He later became the head of the liaison office at the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe and later returned to the U.S. to act as the Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs in 1985. He also pursued a fellowship at Harvard University. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to be U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, a position he held until 1990. After his ambassadorship to Zambia, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa. Ambassador Davidow spent many years involved in multiple negotiations in southern Africa -- Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa itself -- that helped bring relative peace to that region.

Since leaving the Foreign Service, Ambassador Davidow has served as President of the Institute of the Americas in San Diego. Established in 1983, the Institute of the Americas is a leading institution in United States-Canada-Latin America cooperation. The Institute, best known for its energy and technology programs, brings together business and government leaders and representatives of civil society in forums designed to seek ways in which public and private entities can collaborate, clarify rules and regulations so private enterprise can flourish, promote the development of infrastructure through public-private funding, and implement effective policies for managing economic growth in Latin America.

Ambassador Davidow is also an accomplished public speaker and author. He has published articles in Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs and authored two books, one on international negotiations and the other, The US and Mexico: The Bear and the Porcupine, a bestseller in Mexico and a prominent textbook at American universities. He speaks frequently on hemispheric policy and on Mexican developments for organizations such as the North American Forum, the Trilateral Commission, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Pacific Council, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and many university and other groups. He also served as an adviser to President Obama for the 2009 Summit of the Americas. He currently serves as Senior Counselor with The Cohen Group.

A native of Massachusetts, Ambassador Davidow received a BA from the University of Massachusetts in 1965 and an MA from the University of Minnesota in 1967. He also did postgraduate work in India in 1968 on a Fulbright travel grant.


Mark J. Davis

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Mark J. Davis

Mark J. Davis is an operations and finance executive with more than 20 years of business experience. After starting his career in finance with a Fortune 500 consumer products company, he joined magazine publisher TVSM, Inc., as director of finance, later leading the company’s digital initiatives and pioneering online television listings. Following TVSM’s acquisition by News Corp., Mark joined Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. where as director of new business development he identified new opportunities and businesses to grow audience reach and revenue and had operational responsibility for three subsidiaries.

As the vice president of business development for Economy.com, Inc., he led the launch of one of the earliest subscription web sites, the Internet delivery of economic data and forecasts, and the development of partnership, joint venture and sales relationships. After Economy.com, Mark joined CSS Industries as director of planning, where he led corporate financial planning for the publicly traded consumer products company. At The San Diego Union-Tribune, Mark was vice president of strategy and interactive media and the senior executive in charge of the company’s digital and mobile businesses.

Prior to joining Infocore, Mark was the chief operating officer of The Wrap News, Inc., partnering with the founder to build the venture-funded startup into the leading digital news organization covering the business of entertainment and media.

Mark has been a strategic advisor to start-up and early stage companies as well as an Entrepreneur in Residence at CONNECT, San Diego’s innovation accelerator. He has advised social media, digital media, mobile platform and integrated marketing companies. Mark has also spoken on the challenges and opportunities facing the digital content business at industry and academic conferences and contributed a chapter on the flow of information to the e-Voter Institute book, About Face: The Dramatic Impact of the Internet on Politics and Advocacy.


 

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Lynne Friedmann

Public Appearances


Women in Science: 50 Years after “Silent Spring”

A June 2013 public forum addresses the historic barriers and continuing challenges faced by women scientists seeking equal access to training and research opportunities. Panelists: Science journalist Lynne Friedmann; associate professor of medicine Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., UC San Diego School of Medicine; and physicist Christina Deckard, SPAWAR Systems Center. Sponsored by the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology (http://ethicscenter.net)

Lynne Friedmann

Lynne Friedmann is editor of ScienceWriters magazine, published by the National Association of Science Writers. As a science journalist and educator, she has organized dozens of seminars and conferences on journalism and science communications topics throughout the United States and internationally (Canada, Japan, Qatar). For more than a decade, she has been involved in science journalism training of Latin American reporters. She is a member of the organizing committee of the World Conference of Science Journalists which will take place for the first time in the United States (San Francisco) in 2017.

Published Work


Cross-Border Science Journalism Workshop
In April a select group of U.S. and Latin American science writers gathered in La Jolla, Calif. for a Cross-Border Science Journalism Workshop with the goal of improving cross-border science reporting.


Specialized Workshops Benefit Latin American Journalists
Journalists from eight countries in Latin America heard from geologists, scientists, physicians, and other earthquake experts about responding to a crisis, with special emphasis on new technologies that provide real-time reporting for international audiences.


Foreign journalists gather in La Jolla for International Media in Danger workshop
We take freedom of the press for granted, but in other parts of the world nations struggling for democracy may not share this value. According to IPI (International Press Institute), a global network of editors, media executives, and leading journalists, more than 1,000 journalists have been killed worldwide since 1997.


 

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Jason Fry

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Jason talks about the first in his Jupiter Pirate series, “Hunt for the Hydra.”

Jason Fry

Jason Fry is the author of "The Jupiter Pirates" young-adult space-fantasy series and a longtime "Star Wars" author. He spent 12 years at The Wall Street Journal Online, serving as an editor, columnist and blogs guru, and is a former adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Published Work


"The Jupiter Pirates" Book Series
Space opera in the classic style -- ultracool technology, sinister interplanetary intrigue, and thrilling space-battle action. A fully realized future world.' School Library Journal


"Star Wars Rebels Servants of the Empire The Secret Academy"
What if you uncovered a conspiracy that reached to every corner of the Galactic Empire--and you were the only one who knew about it?


"Star Wars Rebels Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice"
As a new student at Lothal's Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But, secretly he is a hidden spy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire.


 

Jason-Fry

 

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Jon Funabiki

Jon Funabiki

Jon Funabiki's career spans journalism, philanthropy and academia. He is a Professor of Journalism and Executive Director of Renaissance Journalism (renjournalism.org) at San Francisco State University. He joined the university in 2006 to teach and to develop projects that explore promising new forms of journalism and storytelling that serve, strengthen and empower communities. Recent initiatives include the Equity Reporting Project, Michigan Reporting Project, Imperial Valley Youth Storytelling Project and Vietnam Reporting Project.

Funabiki also serves as founding executive director of the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture (japancenter.sfsu.edu), which sponsors programs to promote improved relations between the United States and Japan.

Funabiki joined the university after an 11-year career with the Ford Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic institutions, where he was Deputy Director of the Media, Arts & Culture (MAC) Unit. Responsible for the Foundation’s multimillion-dollar grant strategies on news media issues, he worked closely with journalists, filmmakers, other media professionals and leaders from research, education, nonprofit and business institutions. As MAC’s deputy director, he worked with Foundation staff and media leaders throughout Asia, Latin America, Africa and Russia.

Prior to Ford, Funabiki was the founding director of San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism, the nation’s first university-based center focused on news media coverage of ethnic minority communities and issues.

Funabiki is a former reporter and editor with The San Diego Union, where he specialized in U.S.-Asia political and economic affairs and reported from East and Southeast Asia. His writings also have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, National Civic League Journal and other publications.

A graduate of San Francisco State University, Funabiki was awarded the John S. Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, where he studied East Asian politics and economics; the Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Center of Honolulu, where he studied East and Southeast Asian economics; and a National Endowment for the Humanities Professional Summer Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied the cultural dimensions of U.S. history.

He has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity; the Ethnic Media Champion Award from New America Media; a Special Recognition Award from the Asian American Journalists Association; the Gerbode Foundation Fellowship; and a variety of awards for reporting and writing.


 

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Email: funabiki@sfsu.edu
Twitter: @funabiki
Facebook: jon.funabiki
Linked in: Jon Funabiki

Kris Lindblad

Latest Work

FigureAfter years of working in the two-dimensional world, Kris has turned his attention to the three-dimensional. This sculpture called “Clive” is his latest creation.

Kris Lindblad

At 16, Kris Lindblad broke his back in an accident. While lying in bed with not much else to do, he taught himself to draw, mostly from Marvel comics. Two years later he began work at his hometown paper, The Daily Times Advocate in Escondido, Calif., where he became a photographer and, eventually, the art director. In 1981 he joined The San Diego Tribune and stayed with the company for almost 25 years, working as a graphics editor, illustrator and design editor.


 

Kris Lindblad

 

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Phone: 760-208-316
Email: k.lindblad@yahoo.com
Facebook: kris.lindblad.9
Twitter: @klindblad1

Richard Louv

Public Appearances


Richard Louv talks with CTV Canada AM about his book “The Nature Principle.”

Richard Louv

Richard Louv is the author of eight books, including "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder" and "The Nature Principle." Translated into 13 languages and published in 17 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature. Richard is cofounder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network. He has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, Parents Magazine and many other publications, and has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and other programs.

Among other awards, Richard Louv is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal; past recipients have included Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and Jimmy Carter. In 2010, he delivered the plenary keynote at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in 2012 was keynote speaker at the first White House Summit on Environmental Education. His ninth book, "Vitamin N," will be published in 2016. He is currently working on his tenth book, about the evolving relationship between humans and other animals. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather fish than write.

Published Work


"Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder"
In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation.


"The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age"
"We have created environments that make us sad, fat and unhealthy. Richard Louv has made an insightful diagnosis and offers powerful treatment with the medicine we all need, Vitamin N." Richard J. Jackson, MD, Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health


"The Web of Life: Weaving the Values that Sustain Us"
In a collection of stories, discussion, and quotations, the author of "Childhood's Future" examines the interconnections among all people; the links that make up family, community, and more; and the importance of memory and personal stories.


"Fly-Fishing for Sharks: An Angler's Journey Across America"
For three years, journalist Richard Louv listened to America by going fishing with Americans. Doing what many of us dream of, he traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from trout waters east and west to bass waters north and south. "Fly-Fishing for Sharks" is the result of his journey, a portrait of America on the water, fishing rod in hand.


We Need an NRA for Nature
Published March 9, 2017 in Outdoor
It's time to build an NRA for nature, an environmental conservation force comparable to the nation's powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association. A force capable of striking fear into the heart of, say, any climate-change-denying politician -- Republican, Democrat or Independent. A handful of green groups aspire to that political power, and many have done a good job influencing regulatory policies, but I can’t recall the last time I read about an environmental or conservation group mounting a successful campaign to boot multiple members of Congress from office. Maybe it’s happened, but not often enough. And now the ante is upped. If political candidates aren’t afraid of environmentalism's political power, what good is environmental activism?


 

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Catherine Mann

Catherine Mann

Catherine Mann has been an artist, illustrator and designer for more than 25 years. She began her career designing and illustrating for magazines and newspapers, including Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Ladies' Home Journal, Parenting, Runner's World, Saveur, New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. She transitioned to design for high-profile Web sites such as Vogue.com and Style.com, and as Art Director at InStyle.com. Her passion for environmental conservation found its way to InsideClimateNews.com, where as a contributor, she has designed graphics, illustrations and ebooks for award-winning stories including the Pulitzer Prize-winning, “The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard Of.”


 

Catherine Mann