Gary Klott Ethics Symposium: Speakers

Posted By admin on Friday June 14, 2013

BrownAaron Brown

Aaron Brown is the inaugural Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism. Each semester he teaches a seminar on turning points in television news history, a subject in which he is well versed. From the Vietnam protests and Watergate in the 1970s to the beginning of the Iraq War, he has, quite literally, been there.

Brown is best remembered for his reporting of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center for CNN. On the air a half-hour after the first attack and broadcasting from a rooftop in lower Manhattan, Brown’s coverage has been called courageous, calming and insightful. For that coverage, he won the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award. In addition to the Murrow Award, Brown also won three Emmys, a DuPont, two New York Film Society World medals and a George Foster Peabody Award.

Before joining CNN in 2001, Brown was a founding anchor for ABC’s “World News Now,” the network’s overnight newscast, and later was the anchor of “World News Tonight Saturday” as well as a correspondent for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.” While at ABC he covered the trial of O.J. Simpson, two California earthquakes, the Columbine shootings, the violent struggle for democracy in Haiti and the war in Bosnia.

Brown began his career at 18 hosting talk radio programs in Minneapolis, near his hometown of Hopkins, Minn. After a short stint doing radio programs in Los Angeles, he moved to Seattle where for the next 18 years he was a reporter and anchor at KING TV and KIRO TV. He left Seattle in 1991 to join ABC News.


barney_calameBarney Calame

Byron E. “Barney” Calame served as the second public editor for The New York Times from May 2005 to June 2007.  As the reader’s representative, his responsibilities included making sure their concerns were heard and publicly assessing the paper’s journalistic integrity.

Calame retired at the end of 2004 as a deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. His responsibilities included paper-wide quality control, maintaining and monitoring reporting and ethical standards, and taking charge of The Journal in the absence of the managing editor.  Before he was named the deputy managing editor in 1992, he had held various positions as a reporter and editor since joining the paper in 1965.

Calame was the recipient of the 2005 Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award “for exceptional career contributions in the field of business, financial and economic news.”  In 2002, he was honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) with its Distinguished Achievement Award.  He served as president of the national organization of business journalists during 2000-2001. In June 2005, he received the Elliott V. Bell Award from the New York Financial Writers Association for “a significant long-term contribution to the profession of financial journalism.”

A native of Missouri, Calame received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland.



clark hoyt2Clark Hoyt

Clark Hoyt is senior advisor to the chief executive officer of Bloomberg LP Until taking his current position last month (May), he was an editor at large for Bloomberg News in Washington.  From 2007 until June, 2010, he was the third public editor of The New York Times.  Previously over a 38-year career with Knight Ridder Newspapers, he was a reporter, national correspondent, business editor, Washington bureau chief and vice president of news, among other roles.

In 1973 Hoyt shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting with Robert S. Boyd for their coverage of Democratic vice presidential nominee Thomas Eagleton’s history of treatment for severe depression. In 2004 he received the John S. Knight Gold Medal, Knight Ridder’s highest employee award. He is a former director of the foundation of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and a former chairman of the National Press Foundation.

Hoyt is a graduate of Columbia College in New York. He is married to Linda Kauss, White House and legal affairs editor at USA Today.


i-e9e366d7c362f0de0e065684ec299bc4-KellyMcbride2Kelly McBride

Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty of The Poynter Institute for eight years. The world’s largest newsrooms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR and the BBC, frequently quote her expertise.

After getting her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, she began her career as a police reporter in the hills of the Idaho Panhandle, covering the meth trade and the white supremacy movement.

She got a master’s degree in theology from Gonzaga University and gained a national reputation as a religion reporter. Her current work involves Poynter’s Sense-Making Project, a Ford Foundation project examining the transformation of journalism from a profession of a few to a civic obligation of many, the effects of technology on democracy, and the media habits of the millennial generation.


McGuireTim McGuire

Tim McGuire is the Frank Russell Chair for the business of journalism at the Cronkite School. McGuire teaches courses on ethics and on the business components of journalism including operations, emerging media, corporate responsibility and the future of media.

McGuire retired in June 2002 as editor and senior vice president of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. He served in that position since 1992. Previously, he was managing editor of the Star Tribune. He joined the company in 1979 as managing editor of the Star.

He was managing editor of the newspaper when it won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990. He has been a Pulitzer jurist six times, most recently in 2003. McGuire is a past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (2001-2002).

McGuire was the James Batten Visiting Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Davidson College fall 2003 and spent spring 2005 at Washington and Lee University as the first Donald W. Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor.

His move to full-time teaching is evidence of his growing belief that a middle ground must be found between bottom-line profit orientation in the media business and the pursuit of journalism for the common good. As the Russell Chair, McGuire focuses on the tensions between business and journalism.

Until February 2006, McGuire wrote a weekly syndicated column for United Media called “More Than Work.” The column was purchased by 34 newspapers and covered ethics, spirituality and values in work. He is completing a manuscript based on those columns for book publication, tentatively entitled “Totin’ Heart and Soul to Work: Reflections on ethics, values and spirituality in the workplace.”

McGuire continues to make speeches and conduct seminars and retreats on calling and spirituality in work, and he consults in the media industry. He speaks on a variety of topics, including “Ways to Tote Heart and Soul to Work,” “Doing the Right Thing in Business,” “Finding Purpose in Work” and “Facing the Future Ethically.” McGuire also speaks on faith and family issues and on the challenges facing families with handicaps.

As the Russell Chair, he is again speaking on the challenges facing news media, ethics and problem-solving in media.


RodriguezRick Rodriguez

Rick Rodriguez is the former executive editor and senior vice president of The Sacramento Bee, who joined the Cronkite School as the Carnegie professor, Southwest Borderlands Initiative, in March 2008. Rodriguez’s charge at ASU is to develop a specialty in in-depth reporting on Latino and borderland issues. He is also working on the News21 project in which students develop alternative ways of telling in-depth stories.

During his more than nine years as The Bee’s top editor, his staff won many of the country’s most prestigious journalism awards. They include the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007, the George Polk award for investigative reporting, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, National Headliner’s award, Sigma Delta Chi, Overseas Press Club, American Society of Newspaper Editors diversity writing award, Harvard Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers, Heywood Broun Award, Inter-American Press Association award, National Press Photographer’s Award, World Hunger Award, the EPPY award for online project journalism and many others.

Rodriguez was managing editor for five years prior to becoming executive editor of The Bee where he worked as an assistant managing editor, recruiter, columnist, projects editor, editorial writer, deputy Capitol bureau chief and reporter during a 25-year career there. He also was a reporter at The Fresno Bee and The Salinas Californian. He was the first Latino to serve as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He is a graduate of Stanford University.


MSullivan-2-articleInline-v2Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan is the fifth public editor appointed by The New York Times. She writes about the Times and its journalism in a frequent blog – the Public Editor’s Journal — and in a twice-monthly print column in the Sunday Review section.
Sullivan was editor and vice president of The Buffalo News before being named as Times public editor in September 2012. She was the first woman to serve as the editor and as the managing editor of The News, after working as a reporter and columnist there. As editor, Sullivan focused the paper’s reporting on poverty, economic development and inequities in public education, and established its first investigative team.

Sullivan was appointed to the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2011 and has been a juror four times, serving as the chairwoman of the distinguished commentary jury in 2006. She was elected twice as a director of the American Society of News Editors and has led its First Amendment committee.

A native of Lackawanna, N.Y., Ms. Sullivan is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she is a member of its Hall of Achievement.

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