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The Cronkite School is hosting a special discussion virtually to address the issues and concerns that journalists are facing as they cover the protests and topics that have given rise to the demonstrations currently engulfing our city and many others across the country. Hear from an experienced and diverse panel of local journalists who will be discussing best practices and guidance for covering communities of color.
This event will be moderated by Vanessa Ruiz, Director of Cronkite News - Borderlands and Director for Diversity Initiatives
Maria Polletta is the state government and politics reporter for The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network. She covers the Governor’s Office and state agencies, with an emphasis on accountability of elected officials and an eye toward issues directly affecting Arizonans’ quality of life. She has previously covered inequality issues, city politics and economic development for the paper, traveling throughout Arizona and Mexico, and has also directed weekend breaking-news coverage. She has taught Journalism Ethics & Diversity as an adjunct professor at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
KJZZ’s News Director Al Macias is part of an elite class of trusted, veteran journalists who have covered Arizona news for more than 30 years. Macias helps oversee daily operations for the KJZZ newsroom and Fronteras: The Changing America Desk. This is second nature for Macias, who is a National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Society member and an inductee of the Society of Professional Journalists Order of the Silver Key Society. He is also a board member of ALMA, the Arizona Latino Media Association, the Phoenix chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Jamar Younger is president of the Arizona Association of Black Journalists and works as an Editor Associate for Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU, Jamar was the communications coordinator at the Arizona Charter Schools Association for almost six years. Jamar also spent eight years as a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, covering education, public safety, county government and neighborhoods, winning awards for his contribution to two of the Star’s investigative projects. Jamar is a Philadelphia native who graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a B.A. in journalism and mass communications. In addition, Jamar served as an adjunct instructor at the Cronkite School for the Spring 2020 semester.
Tim Eigo is president of the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In his day job, he is the editor and writes for Arizona Attorney Magazine, He also produces a daily newsletter that takes too much of his time. Previously, he edited and wrote at a variety of publications, including the Orange County Business Journal in California.