Keynote speakers announced

May 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm

The JEA/NSPA Fall 2014 National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C., has announced two media professionals to deliver keynote speeches on Thursday and Friday of the convention.

Bob Woodward
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is regarded as one of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter, and is currently an associate editor of the Post. While a young reporter for The Washington Post in 1972, Woodward was teamed up with Carl Bernstein; the two did much, but not all, of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal that led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. Woodward has authored or coauthored 16 non-fiction books in the last 36 years. All 16 have been national bestsellers and 12 of them have been No. 1 national non-fiction bestsellers — more No. 1 national non-fiction bestsellers than any contemporary author.

Jay Harris
2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7

Jay Harris

Jay Harris

Jay Harris is anchor of the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship sports news and information program. Harris came to ESPN in 2003 from WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, where he was a news anchor/reporter. Harris has more than 20 years of experience in television and radio news, including morning news anchor at WAMO-FM and national news at American Urban Radio Networks, both in Pittsburgh, and at WOWI-FM in Norfolk, Virginia. His work outside of sports included the trapped coal miners near Pittsburgh, and, while in Virginia, the fatal USS Iowa battleship explosion. Harris was part of SportsCenter’s Emmy-winning efforts in 2004 and 2005 and a recipient of the Silver World Medal from the New York Festival Awards, the Robert L. Vann Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, and an EXCEL Award from the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals.