Past Teletraining: Planes,Trains and Automobiles

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PHOENIX, August 8, 2013 — From the recent crash landing in San Francisco to the runaway train disaster in Canada, transportation coverage has been front and center this summer. Join some of the leading transportation journalists for a training session on how best to cover this rapidly evolving industry.  The call will explore how best to cover mergers, safety regulations, and other current issues in the transportation industry. This session will be helpful to transportation beat reporters as well as those who want to do a better job of localizing national transportation stories.

Listen to the teletraining: ConferenceRecording-1061611-956489

Playback Dial-in Number:    1-619-326-2753 (this is not a toll-free call)
Playback Access Code:    956489

Monday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m. Eastern


Bernie Kohn is Bloomberg’s Team Leader for Transportation and Technology Regulation. Previously, he served as business editor and investigations editor at The Baltimore Sun, assistant financial editor at the Washington Post, and as business editor of the Tampa Tribune. Bernie is a former SABEW president.


Terry Maxon has been a daily newspaper reporter since April 1973. His first job at an Oklahoma City newspaper was writing obituaries, which prepared him well for covering the airline business. His stops have included the Oklahoma Journal, the Dallas Times Herald, the San Jose Mercury News and, for nearly 28 years, the Dallas Morning News. He began covering the business in October 1990 when he took over the Dallas Morning News’ airline beat. He has written on that subject for most of the time since then, despite brief departures to cover energy, legal affairs and technology.

Scott Mayerowitz is an Associated Press enterprise airline reporter. He has written about the best time to buy airfare, how safety advances have improved crash survivability, the final resting place of lost luggage, how travel has changed since 9/11 and the ever increasing fees charged by airlines. Prior to arriving at the AP, Mayerowitz covered travel and business at ABC News and state politics and the gambling industry for the Providence (R.I.) Journal. Mayerowitz holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wesleyan University. Mayerowitz was part of an Associated Press team honored by SABEW in the Best in Business contest for breaking news coverage of the American Airlines bankruptcy. He also has an award from the Society of American Travel Writers for his coverage of lost baggage.

Ralph Vartabedian, a national correspondent at the Los Angeles Times, joined the newspaper in 1981. He covered aerospace and defense issues for 10 years at the Times, following the military buildup that preceded the end of the Cold War and its decline afterward. He spent five years as a Washington, D.C. reporter for the paper and then four years as deputy business editor. In his many reporting assignments, he has written on presidential candidates, environmental contamination, nuclear weapons, immigration, airliner crashes, tax collection abuse, levee failures and space shuttle accidents, among much else. He won Loeb awards in 1987 and 2010 and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2010, among other recognitions. He previously worked at the Minneapolis Star and the Kalamazoo Gazette as a business writer.


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