The JEA/NSPA Spring 2014 National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego has announced two media professionals to deliver keynote speeches on Thursday and Friday of the convention.Laura Castañeda
7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10
Emmy-award winning journalist Laura Castañeda is the owner of Press Pass International and serves as a professor and chair of the communications department at San Diego City College. Prior to her solo career, she reported for Channel 4 Cox Communication’s news magazine show, “San Diego Insider” and worked at KGTV Channel 10. Her first documentary, “The Devil’s Breath,” screened at the San Diego Latino Film Festival in 2008 to a sold out crowd. Castañeda is an alumna of the University of Illinois-Urbana. She has served on numerous boards of directors including CCNMA, Latino Journalists of California, UNITY Journalists of Color, and The National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Larry Himmel
1 p.m., Friday, April 11
Larry Himmel is a feature reporter for CBS News 8 in San Diego, where he has worked since 1979. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Emmy Awards. His “Larry Himmel at Large” commentaries and “CBS News 8 Neighborhood Reports” are among the most recognizable features in San Diego television, and he can be seen forecasting the weather on CBS News 8 and covering the San Diego Chargers during the football season. Prior to joining CBS News 8, Himmel had stints at radio stations in San Diego, Chicago, Hammond, Ind., and Windsor, Ontario. He is a native of Chicago and holds a master’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.