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Speakers

As we work to bring you an array of speakers from the media world for 2014, scroll around to learn more about the accomplished individuals that presented at MMC13!

Monica Pearson Frank LoMonte ColleenMcEdwards Mark Meltzer
Jim Burress Jesse Brooks Trevor Williams Thomas Wheatley
Monica Pearson is one of the most recognized names in the history of Atlanta news, having anchored Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta for over 30 years before her 2012 retirement. Her honors include over 30 local and regional Emmy awards, the inaugural Nathaniel Goldston Leadership Award, the Distinguished Service to Broadcasting Award and several awards for her community service. She was the first woman and first minority to anchor the 6 p.m. news in the Atlanta area. Her work has been honored in U.S. Congress and by Georgia lawmakers and she established a scholarship in her name at her native high school, Presentation Academy, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Frank LoMonte is the Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center. The GSU alum joined the SPLC after practicing with the Atlanta-based law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. LoMonte has also won several awards as a journalist and political columnist in state capitol bureaus in Florida, Georgia and D.C. At UGA, LoMonte served as senior editor of the Georgia Law Review.
Jim Burress is a reporter for WABE 90.1 FM, as well as local host for NPR’s Weekend Edition. He regularly covers business, aviation and healthcare policy for the station. He is a regular contributor to the national show Marketplace. Among Jim’s awards are 1st place honors from both the Kentucky and Georgia Associated Press and several regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. He won the 2010 Atlanta Press Club “Award of Excellence” for his reporting on the Atlanta Police Department, and again in 2012 for an investigation into how Clayton County mandated “virtual” learning for its most at-risk students.
Jesse Brooks volunteered for GSTV from 2009-11 and is now a Publicity and Promotions Coordinator for Allied Integrated Marketing. Brooks coordinates promotional campaigns for major motion pictures, securing local publicity and activating grassroots promotions. Brooks has also worked as a freelance video editor and production assistant, and has contributed work to video production companies including Optimum Productions.
Dr. Colleen McEdwards is a multi-award winning anchor for CNN International. She has been part of several award-winning breaking news broadcasts including the Israel-Lebanon conflict, Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in South Asia and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She received a national award of merit for her anchoring during the September 11th terrorist attacks. In her native Canada, she won awards for CBC’s extensive coverage of the Bernardo-Homolka trial. She is a published author of short fiction and poetry.
Mark Meltzer is executive editor of Atlanta Business Chronicle. He is also the co-author of 10 books including Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul. Meltzer has worked for the Chronicle since 1997. He also is a past president of the Atlanta Press Club and currently serves on its board and executive committee. He is a former member of the board of the Buckhead Rotary Club and the Georgia Council on Economic Education.
Trevor Williams has been a reporter/editor for Global Atlanta for six years. His coverage of global business has taken him to more than 20 countries. His speciality is China’s culture, history, economy and business climate, with a focus on providing realistic, balanced perspectives on the rapidly changing country. He also edited the full-length book Making Men and has conducted special news reports on emerging economies.
Thomas Wheatley is News Editor for Creative Loafing (Atlanta), where he previously served as staff writer for six years. He has also contributed to and covered beats for Neighbor Newspapers and written news features and book reviews for Flagpole Magazine. A UGA journalism major, he has placed in the Hearst Journalism Awards and Association of Alternative Newsweeklies contests.
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Rachel Tobin is an account lead for the Jackson-Spalding firm. She reported for both The Atlanta-Journal Constitution and The Atlanta Business Chronicle, during which time she won five national Capital Reporter and Editor awards, including first place for reports on business and airline legislation at the state Capitol. She also serves on the boards of Central Atlanta Progress and GSU’s Rialto Center for the Arts.
Sara Quinn teaches visual journalism, leadership and multimedia. Sara directs Poynter’s EyeTrack research of newspaper, tablet and online reading habits, which helps journalists determine the best forms for storytelling. She also directs Poynter’s custom training with universities for students and educators. Sara has spent nearly 20 years in newsrooms, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and The Wichita Eagle. She has taught workshops in several cities across the world, including Madrid, Vienna, Boston, Austin, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Montreal, Brussels, Stockholm and Helsinki. Sara has a B.A. from Wichita State University and a master’s in illustration from Syracuse University.
Dean Buchan has served as the athletic media relations director at three universities. From 1990 through 2000, he was the media contact for men’s basketball at the University of Kansas, working 10 years with head coach Roy Williams and with a number of All-Americans including Paul Pierce. From 2000 through ’07, Buchan served at Wake Forest, working closely with head coaches Jim Caldwell, Jim Grobe, Dave Odom and the late Skip Prosser, and directing All-American campaigns for student-athletes including current Los Angeles Clipper guard Chris Paul. Since 2007, he has worked at Georgia Tech, primarily with football. Buchan is a graduate of UNC-Wilmington.
Mark Woolsey anchors and reports for All-News 106.7 after over a decade as a radio anchor for the Weather Channel. He has won a number of awards and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, The Associated Press and the Dallas Press Club. Since the mid-1970s, He has worked in radio and news in Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. A graduate of Mississippi State’s Broadcast Meteorology program, Mark has freelanced for Reuters, Business Press of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Magazine and several other publications.
Bert Roughton has directed reporting that has twice finished as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and is the Senior Managing Editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and has served as one of its managing editors for six years. In his words, he’s “covered everything but the Braves” during his tenure at the AJC. He also served as a European correspondent for Cox Newspapers, covering the war in Kosovo and winning the national Headliner award for his coverage of the impact of the AIDs epidemic on African children.
Keyz heads the production team The Upperclassmen. He also co-produced Beyoncé’s “I Been On” with renowned producers Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Sonny Digital and The Dream. Keyz hails from Buffalo and moved to Atlanta after spending a year in Boston. The Upperclassmen’s third Self Made compilation was released on August 6th, featuring contributions from Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Rockie Fresh.
Frederick Taylor is the Owner and Creative Director of Tomorrow Pictures. He has filmed documentary projects in Nairobi (Kenya), Lusaka (Zambia), Lima (Peru) as well as India and South Central Los Angeles. He has worked as a director and executive producer for Coca-Cola, The Georgia Lottery, EarthShare, Unicef, CNN, Nike, Electronics Arts, ATL Eats, Atlanta Children’s Hospital and Himalayan Children’s Charities. He is shooting and/or developping documentaries/web series on Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, and the female boxing community. His documentary After The Fall charted the stories of survivors of the pediatric AIDS epidemic of 1989.
Matt Pearl is a reporter for WXIA-TV (11 Alive), specializing in human interest stories. He has eleven Southeast Regional Emmys and four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. He has served as a correspondent at the 2008 Democratic Convention, the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the 2010 Gulf oil spill. In addition to 11 Alive, his work has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and The Weather Channel. He has previously reported for WGRZ-TV (NBC-Buffalo) and KMEG 14 (CBS-Sioux City).
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Askia Fountain is the founder and CEO of Timeless Music Management. The company’s roster includes songwriter Nate Walka (“Blame it,” “Say Ahh”) and Grammy-winning producer Young Yonny. He was previously Director of A&R at Evans Entertainment, Compound Entertainment and Family Company Mercenary Entertainment, the latter position he attained at the age of 17. He has also worked in A&R at the Russell Simmons Music Group. Fountain played a primary role in discovering and signing producer Chuck Harmony to Compound.
Scott Trubey is the commercial real estate and economic development writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has previously been a financial and public companies writer for the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the editor of North Augusta Today, Morris Communications’ weekly newspaper and breaking news website in the Augusta suburb. He has also worked with the staffs of the Columbia County News-Times and The Augusta Chronicle, covering county government, zoning, crime, local business and economic development. In 2010, he produced an award-winning series about the foreclosure crisis in inner-city Atlanta neighborhoods.
Mark Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in Photojournalism at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition to freelance work for the Associated Press, he has been a staff photographer for The MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, MA), The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, NC) and The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, MA). He has conducted presentations for the National Press Photographers Association, The Poynter Institute and the Intercollegiate Online News Network, amongst others. He is both a B.S. and M.S. graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication.
Black Metaphor moved to Atlanta after two years at Georgia Southern University to pursue a career in music production, where he immediately landed an internship with the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. After doing sessions with the LEP Bogus Boyz, he produced the Jeezy single “Get Right” as well as The Game’s “Ali Bomaye.” His production credits also include work with French Montana, Rikki Blu, Playboy Tre and Spot.
Doug Roberson is the primary reporter on GSU athletics for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he previously covered the Georgia Tech beat. In over 20 years as a journalist, he has worked with several national award winning newspaper sections. He served as Sports Editor for Virginia’s Daily Press for over seven years and Assistant Sports Editor for Florida Today.
Matt Steadman is a producer and Music Director for AM1690 in Atlanta. His projects at AM1690 include Jazz Insights, Backroads and Banjos and Conversations with David Lewis. He is a recipent of a 2013 GABBY Award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. He produced the most recent album from Jeffrey Butzer (Collapsible) and hosted several speciality shows for GSU’s WRAS-Atlanta in the late-2000s.
Ben Moore founded Panthertalk in 2009, the primary fan-driven online magazine/forum for GSU athletics. His work has been featured on SB Nation. He is the Site Manager for IST Management Services. He has also worked in finance as a risk management advisor for Rottschafer Wealth Solutions. Ben was an early advocate for GSU football, serving as Director of Marketing for the football club in the early-2000s.
Megan Hodgkiss, Esq. has more than 13 years of experience in print journalism, television, radio production and public relations. She has worked with media outlets including: FOX5 News, Q100 Radio, 99X Radio, Tagged Magazine, Lifestyles Magazine, The Sunday Paper and Crescent Magazines. A licensed attorney and mediator, Megan is a new doctoral student in GSU’s Communication program and serves as the VP of Communications for the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.
Belinda James is a Show and Line producer and writer for CBS Atlanta. For eight years, she was a news and segment producer for FOX5 Atlanta. She served as an assignment editor for ten years at FOX5 New York. She has received the Congressional Coalition Adoption Institute’s “National Angels in Adoption” Award and Clark-Atlanta University’s “Careers in Journalism” Award.
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David Tulis is a photo editor and wire service photographer for the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters and AFP. For nearly two decades he was a photo editor and award-winning photographer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Before returning to GSU to complete his Journalism degree, he was the Athens Banner-Herald’s visual director. He excels at leadership logistics and newsroom collaboration. Away from a camera he is a private pilot, plays bass with the Sagamores and is an adjunct photography instructor.
Branden M. Collins is currently a graphic designer at Cartoon Network. He is founder and Art Director of The Young Never Sleep, an interdisciplinary design studio based in Atlanta, GA. His projects include branding & design for singer/songwriter Miguel, an ongoing micro-film series entitled Pandrogeny & work with Urban Outfitters. For over three years, he was one of the primary art directors of The Big Up! creative collective, helping to develop packaging for singer Brittany Bosco’s debut EP, Spectrum.
Emma Lacey-Bordeaux is a freelance multi media reporter and producer. She’s a 2008 graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. While at GSU she worked as the News Director at WRAS, creating and launching a weekly hour long interview show called The Hub. In 2008 Emma started at CNN, working on the editorial board known as the Row. She went on to produce, write and report for CNN Digital. She covered the 2012 Presidential election and the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. Her enterprise storytelling was recognized by the National Press Club in 2012.
Adrienne Lee is a Digital Preservation Editor at CNN, doing restoration, archiving, and migrating current and historical CNN footage. In this role, she is part of a collaborative team that has developed a new archival system and workflow at CNN’s Digital Preservation Center. She is a freelance editor of promos, short documentaries, and short animation projects in the greater Atlanta area.
Allison George is GSU’s Sports Information Director and has worked with the department since 2007. Her primary duties are handling media coverage of the football program in addition to general marketing, media relations, publications and website efforts. She spent 19 years as part of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association staff, including a five year stint as its Director of Communications.
A.I. and Uptown A.P. form the R&B duo Planet VI. The duo has written or co-written songs for a wide range of pop and R&B artists, including Usher, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, T.I., Jennifer Hudson, Flo Rida, and Sean Kingston. Formerly known as Rock City, the two have been performing together since age 10 when they began performing in talent contests in their hometown of St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands). They have contributed to over 15 mixtapes and have over 40 guest appearances as a duo. They have written or co-written four songs that have charted in the Billboard Top 10, the most recent being Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop.”
John Farina is Sports Information Director for Emory University. He served in the same role for Marquette University from 2000-03 and as Assistant SID for his alma mater, Michigan State University, from 1988-99. He has handled media coverage for 14 NCAA sports, at the Divisions I, II and III levels and served as media relations director for two Division I basketball programs that advanced to the Final 4.

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