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Thursday, August 9


Queer Voices in AAPI Media
Hear from emerging queer voices who are telling their stories in podcasting, film and other outlets. From the challenges they face to how they’re changing the media narrative to include their voices, learn how to bring attention to these types of stories and how the spaces for these stories are evolving and growing in the media.

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Patrick G Lee

filmmaker-journalist, freelance
Patrick G. Lee is a queer Korean American filmmaker-journalist. He's working on films about queer Asian history, LGBTQ self-representation, and Asian American coming out stories. His reporting has appeared in The Atlantic, Mother Jones, ProPublica, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg... Read More →
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Tobin Low

Co-host and Co-managing editor of "Nancy", NY Public Radio
Tobin Low is the co-host and co-managing editor of Nancy. His work has also appeared on More Perfect, Marketplace, Studio 360, and the Codebreaker podcast.
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Kathy Tu

Host, Nancy, WNYC
Kathy Tu is the co-host and co-managing editor of Nancy, the critically-acclaimed podcast from WNYC Studios featuring queer stories and conversations about how we define ourselves and the journey it takes to get there. Kathy is based in Los Angeles, but is frequently in New York... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Liberty 1777 Walker St


The Business of Asian American Athletes: The Olympics And Beyond
Following the Winter Olympics with Chloe Kim’s gold medal success and a record number of Asian American figure skaters, advertisers have flocked towards these AAPI athletes making waves in the mainstream media. Although they’ve become more marketable, a question remains: are they perceived as American? We explore the business of branding athletes, the history of exclusion and racism towards Asian Americans, and ask: are things changing?

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James Koh

Broadcaster, DIRECTV
A four-time Emmy winner, Koh is currently a NFL analyst and host for DIRECTV, a play-by-play voice for EA Sports and a writer for both Yahoo! Sports and the New York Daily News. He previously held various broadcasting positions at NFL Network and at local news affiliates in Los Angeles... Read More →
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Annie Park

Professional Golfer, Ladies Professional Golf Association
Professional golfer on the LPGA Tour from Levittown, N.Y. Winner of the 2018 ShopRite LPGA Classic. Symetra Tour Player of the Year in 2015 after winning three times. As a freshman at USC, led the Trojans to its third NCAA title while winning four events, including the 2013 NCAA Women's... Read More →
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Anita Sehgal

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Houston Astros
Anita Sehgal joined the Astros as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications in January 2015. In her fourth season with the ballclub, Anita provides strategic leadership for the ballclub’s advertising, marketing, communications, broadcasting and alumni relations, including... Read More →
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Ken Sheirr

VP of Marketing, Houston Rockets
Ken Sheirr is in his 18th season with the Houston Rockets. As Vice President of Marketing, he’s responsible for Brand Management, Creative Services, Media Strategy and Planning, Digital Marketing and Communications, Community Relations, Game Presentation, Event Production and... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Brazoria 1777 Walker St


Writing Op-Eds On Race
A panel of columnists and op-ed writers of color will discuss the pressures they face when confronting race in their work. As people of color writing opinions about communities of color, the panelists will share methods for how they cope with backlash from trolls, concerned readers and even their own editors and colleagues. They'll also talk about how to pitch and publish race-related op-eds.

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Sameer Rao

Arts & Culture Reporter, Colorlines
Sameer Rao is a reporter for Colorlines, focusing on arts & culture news. His critical pieces address topics as varied as music, film, television, gun control and government. His work has appeared in Stereogum, VICE's Noisey, Under the Radar, Philadelphia City Paper, WXPN's The Key... Read More →
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Monica Rhor

Narrative writer covering gender, sexuality, spirituality and race, Houston Chronicle
Monica Rhor is a narrative writer covering gender, sexuality, spirituality and race issues for the Houston Chronicle. She also has been a staff writer for the Associated Press, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer and Orange County Register. Monica’s work has won numerous... Read More →
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Gracie Bonds Staples

Columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gracie Bonds Staples is an award-winning features writer and columnist with 39 years of experience writing for daily newspapers. She has spent the last 18 years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she writes the “This Life with Gracie” column. Honors: 2018 GLAAD Media Award for Best Newspaper Article, Phillip Rush Community Builder Award from Georgia Equality, and 4-time best feature writing from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. _x000D_... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Brazoria 1777 Walker St


Underrepresented in the API Sphere
What does the Asian Pacific Islander community look like? Where are they from? What are their values? The API community covers a lot of different ethnicities and backgrounds, but perhaps we aren't covering all of our bases. Do we do enough to include minorities in our minority group? Hear from a panelist-led discussion about what API means and how we can make the umbrella larger.

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Adam Kealoa Causey

Administrative Correspondent, The Associated Press
Adam Kealoha Causey is an Oklahoma City-based editor and reporter for The Associated Press. He also was a reporter and editor for more than 10 years at newspapers in Nevada, Florida and Louisiana. Causey has taught journalism at Arizona State University and the University of North... Read More →
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Nydia Han

Consumer Investigative Reporter/Anchor, WPVI-TV
Nydia Han is an Emmy award-winning news anchor and consumer investigative reporter for WPVI-TV, in Philadelphia, PA.#ThisIsAmerica is her first documentary series. The passion project was born out of her experience as an Asian American and her desire to help all Americans engage in... Read More →
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David Ono

news anchor, KABC-TV
David has been an anchor on ABC7 Eyewitness news since 1996. He currently anchors three evening shows, including the top rated show in all of Los Angeles on any channel and time slot, Eyewitness News at 6. In addition to David's anchor duties, he is their special projects reporter... Read More →
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Kimberly Yam

Editor, Asian Voices, HuffPost
Kimberly Yam is the editor of Asian Voices at HuffPost, covering issues that disproportionately affect the Asian-American community. She's written about topics ranging from Asian-American poverty in New York City to Chinese restaurant family culture. She has two blind cats.

Thursday August 9, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Liberty 1777 Walker St
Friday, August 10


How to Advocate For Your Community at Work
We hear from people who have made meaningful change within their newsrooms by starting diversity committees, employee resource groups and unions. In this session, attendees will view examples of what has worked in other newsrooms as well as learn from others’ mistakes. The panel will also address techniques to manage the inevitable awkwardness, frustration and burnout that comes with this work.

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Corinne Chin

Video Editor, The Seattle Times
Corinne Chin is a video editor at The Seattle Times, where she films and edits documentary-style visual stories and interactives. She also serves as the founder and leader of the newsroom's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, as well as the president of AAJA Seattle. Her work – including... Read More →
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Patrick Lee

Editor/contributing producer, CBS news Network
Patrick Lee has been with CBS News for over a decade. As an award winning producer/editor for CBS News Sunday Morning. In 2011, he joined the editing staff at Sixty Minutes, and continues as a contributing producer for CBS News Sunday Morning. In 2010, he directed a short documentary... Read More →
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Amy Padnani

Digital Editor, The New York Times
Amy Padnani has been a digital editor for seven years at The New York Times, where she launched Overlooked, a series about remarkable people who never received a New York Times obituary. The project won her a publisher’s award and inspired a television series. She has served... Read More →
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Sisi Wei

Deputy Editor, ProPublica
Sisi Wei is the deputy editor for news applications at ProPublica, where she edits a team of investigative journalists/developers who build interactive stories to serve the public interest. Sisi's work has ranged from investigating which U.S. colleges saddle students with debt to... Read More →

Friday August 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Brazoria 1777 Walker St


Covering the Muslim Community
In this panel, we discuss ways to include Muslims in everyday coverage and how to confront anti-Muslim tones within our newsrooms. We'll learn from journalists who have delved deep into covering this community.

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Sharaf Mowjood

Producer - CBS Evening News, CBS News
Sharaf Mowjood is a producer for the CBS Evening News. Before coming to CBS he was a senior producer for politics video at the Huffington Post. He worked at NBC News for five years prior in both long for and breaking news. Mowjood started his career freelancing for the New York T... Read More →
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Fauzeya Rahman

reporter, Houston Business Journal
Fauzeya is a real estate and education reporter at the Houston Business Journal. She's made her way around Texas with reporting stints at the San Antonio Express News, Houston Chronicle and PolitiFact Texas. Originally from Houston, she likes to explore the city's ever-growing food... Read More →
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Mizanur Rahman

Deputy features editor, Houston Chronicle
Mizanur Rahman is the deputy features editor at the Houston Chronicle. Prior to that job, he was the deputy Metro editor at the paper. He has worked at the Dallas Morning News and the Virginian-Pilot. He grew up in Detroit, and graduated from Wayne State University. He was born in... Read More →
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Anam Siddiq

Video Journalist, CBS News
Anam Siddiq is a video journalist for CBS News, based in the Midwest. She works as a one-woman band, covering breaking news stories nationally and internationally as a producer, shooter, booker, and any other role that needs to be filled in the field. She is originally from Southern... Read More →

Friday August 10, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Montgomery Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street, Houston TX, 77010


POC Podcasts in the Era of Identity-Based Journalism
With podcasts’ rise in popularity comes the rise in identity-based shows. In this session, panelists will discuss how they create shows that speak to marginalized identities in a way that isn’t reductive, how they honor their own experiences, and how they manage to reach wider audiences beyond their own identity groups.

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Kat Chow

Reporter, NPR's Code Switch
Kat Chow is a reporter with NPR and a founding member of the Code Switch team._x000D_ _x000D_ She's reported on what defines Native American identity, gentrification in New York City's Chinatown, and the aftermath of a violent hate crime. Her cultural criticism has led her on explorations... Read More →
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Neena Pathak

Producer, The New York Times
Neena Pathak works at The New York Times, where she produces the Still Processing podcast. Previously, she produced the Another Round podcast at BuzzFeed, and worked in public radio before that. She lives in NYC.
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Aditi Sangal

Associate Producer, CNN
Aditi is an associate producer at CNN, where she works on social TV for CNN's early morning show New Day. She also produces and hosts an independent podcast You've Got It Made, which tells the story of the Indian Diaspora in America, and challenges her to find unheard narratives and... Read More →
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Thanh Tan

Storyteller/Content Creator, Independent Podcaster + Microsoft
I travel the globe for Microsoft in search of stories about how technology is empowering people and organizations to achieve more. I'm also an independent creative and host/creator of the Second Wave podcast about Vietnamese-American experiences.

Friday August 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Liberty 1777 Walker St


Staying Objective When Politics Hit Close to Home
What does “objectivity” mean in this political climate? A panel will talk about how they approach reporting and commenting on issues such as Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and immigration when they can be immediately and personally affected. Are Asian American journalists stenographers? Analysts? Activists? Or all three?

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Weijia Jiang

White House Correspondent, CBS News
Weijia Jiang covers the White House for CBS News. Previously, she was a CBS Newspath correspondent based in Washington. She has also worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WCBS-TV in NYC, WJZ-TV in Baltimore, and WBOC-TV in Salisbury, MD. Jiang became interested in broadcast journalism... Read More →
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Jaweed Kawleem

National Correspondent, Los Angeles Times
Jaweed Kaleem is the national race and justice correspondent at the Los Angeles Times, where he writes about how race and ethnicity shape our evolving understanding of what it means to be American. He frequently reports on policing, civil rights, immigration, prisons and religion... Read More →
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Pavni Mittal

Pavni Mittal is a New Delhi born, New York based journalist, currently at ABC News and PBS NewsHour Weekend. With over five years of international journalism experience, she has reported on diverse issues including the 2016 elections, U.N., international business, immigration, and... Read More →
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Pia Sarkar

Editor, The Associated Press
Pia Sarkar serves as co-leader for the Race & Ethnicity team at The Associated Press. She is also a business editor overseeing the AP's coverage of autos, airlines and energy. Prior to the AP, Sarkar served as executive editor of The American Lawyer's website and associate editor... Read More →

Friday August 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Brazoria 1777 Walker St