Past teletraining: How to Cover the Sequester and How to Find Local Angles on the Story

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How to Cover the Sequester and How to Find Local Angles on the Story

March 18, 2013 – 2 p.m. EST

 Learn how to put a local spin on the national sequester.

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Bernie Kohn, Team Leader, Bloomberg News, Washington, D.C. and former SABEW president

Bernie Kohn is a team leader at Bloomberg News’s Washington bureau overseeing coverage of transportation and technology regulation. He has spent most of his 31-year journalism career in business reporting and editing and is a past president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

As AME/Business at the Baltimore Sun, Kohn conceived and co-edited a series on Maryland’s ground-rent system that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007. Kohn was a reporter and editor at the Washington Post, the Tampa Tribune, the Charlotte Observer and the Pittsburgh Press as well as AME/Business and projects/investigations editor in Baltimore, and has also been communications director for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Kohn has been a Loeb Awards preliminary judge and a speaker at seminars for the American Press Institute and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He is a graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., which in 2007 recognized him with its Journalism Alumnus award. He lives in Rockville, Md.




James Politi, U.S. Economics and Trade Correspondent, the Financial Times

James Politi is the U.S. Economics and Trade Correspondent for the Financial Times based in Washington, D.C. In this role, he covers U.S. economic policy, economic data and U.S. trade policy.

Politi was previously based in New York as the FT’s U.S. deals reporter, covering mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He joined the FT in London in 2002 on the international capital markets desk and took up his current position in Washington in March 2008.

In 2006, Politi was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Overseas Press Club’s Malcolm Forbes Award for Best Business Reporting from Abroad, for the FT’s coverage of Cnooc’s attempted takeover of Unocal. In 2007, he won first prize for his coverage of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, the private equity firm, at the M&A International Awards.

In 2004 and 2007, Politi was named one of NewsBios/TJFR’s “30 under 30” Rising Stars. In 2000, he won the Nico Colchester Prize for Young European Journalists. As a Colchester fellow, he was chief researcher and commissioning editor for “Europe Reinvented,” a four-part special supplement published with the FT in January/February, 2001.

Politi has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC and BBC-TV and ABC and NPR radio.

Politi received his master’s degree from the London School of Economics, a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a university degree from the University of Florence and a certificate from the international program, Institute of Political Studies, Paris. Politi speaks French, Italian and Spanish


David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau, chief congressional correspondent and national political reporter

David Lightman of McClatchy’s Washington Bureau is chief congressional correspondent and national political reporter. He writes daily news and analytic stories for 31-newspaper and 400-client media groups. His specialties include the federal budget and tax policy. Lightman also worked as chief White House correspondent for McClatchy, covering the Bush White House and the 2008 presidential campaign.

Before going to McClatchy, Lightman was Washington Bureau Chief for the Hartford Courant and worked at the Baltimore Evening Sun, the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Hagerstown Morning Herald.

Lightman has won several professional awards including the United Press International New England News Writing award, the David Lynch Award for Outstanding Washington Regional Reporter and the Hartford Courant Publishers’ Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was elected one of 60 members of Washington’s Gridiron Club in 2001.

In addition, Lightman is an award-winning professor of journalism and has taught at the University of Maryland, American University, Washington Center for Internships and Academic Studies and Towson State University.

Lightman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Maryland.


Rob Terry, Managing Editor, Washington Business Journal

Rob Terry is managing editor of the Washington Business Journal, overseeing a newsroom providing award-winning breaking news coverage and analysis of business in Greater Washington on a variety of platforms. Those platforms include a highly trafficked website, four blogs, five daily email newsletters and a weekly print product.

Most of his nearly two decades in journalism have been spent covering business and technology.

Prior to joining the Washington Business Journal, he was a reporter and editor for the Baltimore Business Journal, both part of the national American City Business Journals chain, based in Charlotte, N.C. He was managing editor/online for The Daily Record, also in Baltimore. Before that he was a reporter for The Gazette and Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, both divisions of The Washington Post Co.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and a master’s from Northeastern University.


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Missouri State University
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