Featured Speakers

Dominic Bracco II
braccoPulitzer Center grantee and Prime Collective photographer Dominic Bracco II explores the effects of global economics on local communities. Although he works internationally, Bracco often returns to document the effects of Mexican and North American policies on the Texas-Mexico border region where he was raised. Clients include The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Harper’s and The Washington Post.

Christine Brennan
brennanChristine Brennan is an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator for ABC News, “PBS NewsHour” and National Public Radio, a best-selling author and a nationally-known speaker. Twice named one of the country’s top 10 sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors, she has covered the past 16 Olympic Games.


Jahi Chikwendiu
After a year teaching high school math, Jahi Chikwendiu started his photojournalism career in 1998 at his hometown newspaper, the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader, and has been a staff photographer with The Washington Post since 2001. This award-winning photographer’s subjects range from kids at play, D.C. schools, the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, President Obama’s father’s Kenyan village, genocide in Darfur and cluster bomb victims in South Lebanon.


Lucy Dalglish
Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland since August 2012, served as executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (2000-2012). A former media lawyer, she started her career as a reporter and editor at the St. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press. She is often called upon as a media expert.


Charles Haynes
Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C., has been the principal organizer and drafter of consensus guidelines on religious liberty in schools. He is author or co-author of six books, and his column, “Inside the First Amendment,” appears in more than 200 newspapers nationwide. Haynes holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate from Emory University.


Fred Hiatt
Fred Hiatt has been the editorial page editor and columnist for The Washington Post since 2000. Hiatt started as a Post reporter in 1981. He and his wife, Margaret Shapiro, were co-bureau chiefs for The Post in Tokyo and in Moscow. Harvard grad and father of three, he is author of four books, including the young adult novel “Nine Days” (2013).


Anushay Hossain
Bangladeshi journalist, writer and editor, Anushay Hossain launched Anushay’s Point in 2009. Her work is regularly featured in Forbes Woman, Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. She guest-hosted “The Stream” on Al-Jazeera English, 2012-2013. Online editor for ClickIttefaq.com, the English-Web version of Bangladesh’s oldest national newspaper, Hossain spent a decade as a feminist-policy analyst on Capitol Hill before going full time with her writing in 2013.


Kevin KAL Kallaugher
Kevin Kallaugher (KAL), the international award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Economist of London and The Baltimore Sun, began his distinguished career with his weekly cartoon strip in the Harvard Crimson. KAL has created more than 8,000 cartoons and 140 magazine covers. His résumé includes six books, as well as international exhibitions, honors and awards in seven countries. As Artist-in-Residence at the Imaging Research Center at The University of Maryland Baltimore County, he explored the development of 3-D digital caricatures.


May-Ying Lam
May-Ying Lam is an online photo editor and photography blogger at The Washington Post. She previously worked at National Public Radio, the Lincoln Journal Star, and NASA. She has worked with media of all forms, including photography, audio, video, podcasting, design, cinematography and animation. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both journalism and radio-TV-film from the University of Texas.


Kevin Merida
Kevin Merida, managing editor of The Washington Post, oversees all news and features coverage. A former national and associate editor at The Post, he has received awards for his long-form features, handled special editing assignments and coached young staffers. Coordinating editor of the “Being a Black Man” series, author of awarded books, TV and radio commentator, only begins to touch on his rich career.


Lori Montenegro
Lori Montenegro, Washington correspondent for “Noticiero Telemundo,” has covered the White House, Capitol Hill, State and Justice departments and Pentagon for the two major Spanish-language national TV networks. She also contributes to “Un Nuevo Día” and Telemundo affiliates around the nation. During the past 21 years she has extensively covered all the issues dealing with immigration, the U.S. presidential elections, health care and the unaccompanied minors humanitarian crisis.


Hari Sreenivasan
Hari Sreenivasan joined “PBS NewsHour” in 2009. He is the anchor of “PBS NewsHour Weekend” and a senior correspondent for the nightly program. Sreenivasan also serves as the director of digital partnerships helping guide the digital strategy of “NewsHour” online endeavors. Prior to joining “NewsHour,” he was at CBS News and was an anchor and correspondent for ABC News.


Dee Swann
Dee Swann is the senior photo editor for digital engagement at The Washington Post. She works across the newsroom to improve the Post’s online photographic strategy. Swann started at The Washington Post in 1997 as a photo intern and has contributed to the website as a photo editor, deputy managing editor of multimedia and multimedia editor before her current role.


Mary Beth Tinker
Mary Beth Tinker has been a crusader for student speech rights since 1965, when her suspension from Iowa’s Harding Junior High School became the basis for the Supreme Court’s landmark 1969 ruling, Tinker v. Des Moines, securing First Amendment rights for all students and teachers in public schools. A registered nurse, she lives in Washington, D.C.