1st Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief to speak at SABEW conference

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PHOENIX, Jan. 17, 2012 — Richard Cordray, the first director of the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will address the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ 49th annual spring conference in Indianapolis March 15-17, 2012.

Read the conference’s tentative schedule.

A former state treasurer and attorney general in Ohio, Cordray was confirmed by President Barack Obama on Jan. 4 in a recess appointment. The speech to SABEW will be one of his first since taking the helm of the bureau created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to protect consumers from and educate about unscrupulous lending.

Richard Cordray, director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Cordray is a former Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, a past editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review and an ex-clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Cordray is also an undefeated five-time champion on the television game show “Jeopardy!”.

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Evening receptions are planned at the hallowed NCAA Hall of Champions and the Rhythm! Discovery Center, a hands-on ode to the percussive arts. The event occurs about a month after the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium.

And the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will conduct a separate pre-conference workshop on computer-assisted reporting for business journalists, “Be A Better Watchdog,” March 15. Details below.

Other keynote speakers scheduled to appear in Indianapolis at the SABEW conference include:

Steve Russell, founder, chairman and CEO of Celadon Trucking, one of the nation’s largest trucking firms with annual revenue exceeding $550 million will appear.

Kristi Dosh, ESPN sports reporter

Steve Russell, founder, CEO, Celadon Trucking

John Ketzenberger, president, Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute

In addition, ESPN sports reporter Kristi Dosh will join a panel discussion about creating a “new playbook” for covering sports business. And John Ketzenberger, former Indianapolis Star business columnist, former managing editor of the Indianapolis Business Journal and today president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, will moderate a panel on the ongoing battle over the role, scope and reach of labor unions.

According to its website, the Indianapolis-based Celadon “employs approximately 4,000 employees and operates roughly 3,300 tractors and 10,000 trailers. Its customer base includes Fortune 500 shippers such as General Electric, Philip Morris, Wal-Mart, DaimlerChrysler, Procter & Gamble, DuPont, and Target. Russell has served as chairman and CEO of Celadon since founding the company in May 1985.”

According to Dosh’s website, “prior to joining ESPN, Dosh was a practicing attorney and a sports business analyst for SportsMoney on Forbes.com, Comcast Sports Southeast, and The Pulse Network. She was also a frequent guest on national radio programming including The Tim Brando Show and multiple shows on Sirius/XM College Sports Nation.”

Right-to-work has emerged as a flashpoint issue nationally this year. In Indiana, Republicans, who dominate the Indiana Legislature are seeking legislation that would severely curtail labor unions. The panel will explore that issue.

Also in SABEW’s lineup of big-name speakers for Indianapolis is Paul Ingrassia, below right, who was appointed deputy editor-in-chief at Reuters in April. He will will hold a conversation with Ford Motor Co.’s group vice president James Farley Jr. below left, in a keynote presentation. Ingrassia directs content creation across regions and specialty beats, in text and multimedia. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning financial journalist and author, most recently, of “Crash Course: the

Paul Ingrassia, Reuters deputy editor-in-chief

American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster,” published by Random House in January 2010. He spent 31 years at The Wall Street Journal and its parent company, Dow Jones, where he served as reporter, editor and executive. He is a regular commentator on CNBC, and has written regularly for the Journal‘s op-ed page.

Farley is Ford Motor Co.’s group vice president, global marketing, sales and service. In this role, he reports directly to Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and chief executive officer.

According to Ford’s website, Farley leads Ford’s efforts to better connect with customers through “integrated global marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand development and research plus working in close alignment with Ford’s global product development team on future models.”  Farley is also in charge of Ford’s global sales and service operations. Farley’s appointment marked the first time Ford has had a single executive in charge of global marketing, sales and service.

James Farley, GVP/global marketing of Ford Motor Co., is a keynote speaker at SABEW's 50th annual spring conference March 15-17, 2012, in Indianapolis.


Hundreds of journalists across the country have benefited from the wisdom of ethicist Bob Steele and writing coach Jacqui Banaszynski. Both of them, who each have roles at the famed Poynter Institute, will be speaking at the spring conference, to be held on the campus of the 30,000-student Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, with accommodations at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel, 850 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis.

Bob Steele, below right, Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values at the Poynter Institute, will speak at the Gary Klott Memorial Ethics Symposium.   Steele is a member of the faculty of his undergraduate alma mater, DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. He advises journalists and media leaders across the country on ethical dilemmas and

Bob Steele

leadership challenges. Steele has written dozens of articles and essays for Poynter Online over the years, and he has written articles, case studies and handbooks for the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and other professional organizations.

• Award-winning journalist Jacqui Banaszynski, below left, will speak on better business newswriting. Banaszynski worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 30 years, most recently as Associate Managing Editor of The Seattle Times, and before that as a senior editor at The Oregonian. While a reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, her series

“AIDS in the Heartland,” which chronicled the lives and deaths of a gay farm couple, won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer in international reporting for coverage of the Ethiopian famine and won the nation’s top deadline reporting award for coverage of the 1988 Olympics. She is now Knight Chair professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and an editing fellow at the Poynter Institute, and teaches student and professional journalists around the worldSABEW will head to Indianapolis for the first time, and expectedly the business of automobiles is taking the pole position in the lineup of the gathering’s keynote speakers and vital training opportunities.In addition to SABEW’s traditional lineup of big-name keynoters, this conference will pay homage to the famed Indianapolis 500 auto race.


  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and Investigative Reporters andReynolds Center 2011 training schedule Editors will be co-presenting Be a Better Business Watchdog — CAR for Business Journalists, a workshop focusing on computer-assisted reporting (CAR).

There will be additional training by Sarah Cohen, Duke University’s Knight Chair, in understanding local economic studies.

This free workshop precedes the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Conference March 15-17,  for which there is an additional fee.

To register for this free workshop, click here.


To reserve hotel rooms at the special SABEW per-night rate of $139 single or $159 double, please call the University Place hotel at (317) 231-5160 or (800) 627-2700 and mention the Society of American Business Editors and Writers to get our special rate. Or click here to register online.

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard is also among the headliners at the conference, And among the confirmed speakers for the event are SportsBusiness Journal Founding Editor Abe Madkour, Footnoted.com Founder and Editor Michelle Leder, and New York Times Senior Financial Writer Diana Henriques.

Bernard assumed his racing role in early 2010, taking over for series founder Tony George. Since he has been vocal about increasing the sport’s audience, expanding to new markets.

He oversaw the selection of a new engine and chassis package for 2012, which has led to the return of Chevrolet to IndyCar.

Randy Bernard. CEO of IndyCar Racing, is a keynote speaker at SABEW's 50th annual spring conference March 15-17, 2012, in Indianapolis.

Bernard, an aggressive promoter, previously served as the CEO of Professional Bull Riders.

The town known for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500, will play host to 500 Minutes of Skills Training, a prime opportunity for business reporters and editors to pick up tips on covering sports, non-profits, healthcare, immigration and a new wave of American austerity measures.

Also offered will be sessions on turning beat reporting into a book, entrepreneurial journalism and strategies for covering a single company. The “500 minutes” also will include tips on how to spot trouble at the companies you cover as well as managing for change in a fast-moving industry.

Diana Henriques of The New York Times, will be a panelist at the Indianapolis conference in a discussion on turning one’s beat reporting into a book.

Diana Henriques of The New York Times, a keynote speaker at SABEW's 50th annual spring conference March 15-17, 2012, in Indianapolis.

Henriques is a senior financial writer at The New York Times and the author of The Wizard of Lies, a book about the Bernie Madoff scandal. Henriques’ investigative reporting has largely focused on white-collar crime, market regulation and corporate governance.

She was a member of a reporting team that was named a Pulitzer finalist in 2003 for its coverage of the aftermath of the Enron scandals. She was also a member of a team that won a 1999 Gerald Loeb Award for covering the near-collapse of Long Term Capital Management, a hedge fund whose troubles rocked the financial markets in September 1998.

She was one of four reporters honored in 1996 by the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, for a series on how wealthy Americans legally sidestep taxes. She has explored the expansion of tax breaks, regulatory exemptions and Congressional earmarks for religious nonprofits, and helped monitor commodity markets and money market funds in the financial turmoil of late 2008.

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