Featured Speakers

Kevin Acee

Kevin Acee

Kevin Acee has been at U-T San Diego since 1999 and a sports writer for more than two decades. Prior to assuming his role as a columnist and U-T TV host, Acee was the U-T’s lead Chargers beat writer for seven seasons. Acee has also covered the Anaheim Angels for the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Dodgers for the Daily News of Los Angeles.
Session: Team not Winning? No Problem!

 

Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson writes and produces for all three of the KPBS San Diego public media platforms: radio, television and the Web. His work has earned numerous awards, including a piece of a George Foster Peabody Award for his work on the “DNA Files,” a nationally distributed radio program about genetic research, its applications and its impact on our lives.
Session: Learn or Burn

 

Alisa Joyce Barba

Alisa Joyce Barba

Alisa Joyce Barba is an award-winning journalist, producer, writer and editor with 25 years’ experience in both network and public broadcasting. She is senior editor at Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, a public radio collaboration in the southwest focusing on border and immigration issues. Earlier, Barba worked for National Public Radio, ABC News in Beijing, and the “MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour” in Washington, D.C.
Session: Audio Storytelling for Radio and the Web

 

Rory Devine

Rory Devine

Rory Devine is a reporter at NBC 7 San Diego who specializes in education stories. In addition to reporting, Devine anchors the station’s evening newscasts. She has received numerous awards during her 20-plus year career including Emmys from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, a Golden Mike Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and honors from the San Diego Press Club.
Session: Don’t Interview: Have a Conversation

 

Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges is the president and COO at U-T San Diego, spearheading the transformation of the company to a fully integrated media organization. He joined the paper in 2009 charged with the direction and strategy for SignOnSanDiego.com and all interactive initiatives. Previously, Hodges was vice president of sales-interactive for Freedom Communications, the publisher of the Orange County Register, overseeing all interactive revenue initiatives for Freedom’s nationwide daily newspapers and broadcast television stations.
Session: Transforming your Newsroom into a Media Outlet

 

Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis, CEO of Voice of San Diego, manages the organization’s internal operations and strategic vision, creating partnerships and products that have received national attention. He is a regular on TV and radio, hosting the weekly segments San Diego Fact Check and San Diego Explained on NBC 7 San Diego and hosts a weekly AM radio show. He also writes columns for San Diego Magazine.
Session: Social Media’s Growing Role in Journalism

 

Gary Metzker

Gary Metzker

Gary Metzker, the 2013 Journalism Educator of the Year, started delivering newspapers more than 40 years ago and has lectured at Cal State Long Beach since 2008. For almost 25 years, he worked at the Los Angeles Times in numerous editorial positions and was a part of four Pulitzer Prize-winning staffs. Metzker has won two Los Angeles Press Club awards and two Medals of Excellence from the Society for News Design.
Session: White Space By Any Other Name

 

Tristan Nichols

Tristan Nichols

Awarded the Queen’s Operational Service Medal and 2012 Print Journalist of the Year, British journalist Tristan Nichols is a former defense correspondent for The Herald in Plymouth, England who spent five months on the frontline of the Afghanistan war. He worked as a broadcaster, cameraman, presenter and editor for The British Forces Broadcasting Service. Nichols co-anchors U-T San Diego News and hosts the “Re:Focus” show while writing for the U-T as a defense correspondent.
Session: Do your Homework: Preparing for Journalistic Battle

 

Robert Pacilio

Robert Pacilio

Robert Pacilio taught English, speech, debate and literary magazine for 32 years at San Diego’s Mt. Carmel High School. In 1998 Pacilio received San Diego County’s Teacher of the Year award. He wrote the young-adult novel “Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe” in 2009 and its sequel “Midnight Comes to the Metaphor Cafe” in 2011. The novels have been adopted in several California School Districts.
Session: Writing your Novel: The Metaphor Cafe

 

Ric Tapia

Ric Tapia

Ric Tapia is a professional sports photographer based in Los Angeles. His clients include NFL, Getty Images, Associated Press, ESPN and more. Tapia has spoken about his experiences and teaches photography to students at Brooks Institute of Photography and several yearbook camps, including Walsworth’s Yearbook West.
Session: Capturing the Moment