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Diversity Matters:
Ensuring Multiple Voices Count in the Media Narrative

October 3, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

Ming Hsieh Hall Room G20

New immigration policies, police shootings and the white supremacy movement have media professionals facing a host of new challenges. The immediacy of social media has added extra pressure by giving journalists a limited window of time to cover these complex issues. The WVU Reed College of Media will examine this subject in a moderated panel discussion, “Diversity Matters: Ensuring Multiple Voices Count in the Media Narrative.” The panel will include print and broadcast journalists from diverse backgrounds who will share their experiences and advice about covering sensitive issues in an era of growing intolerance and fear.


Malena Cunning Malena Cunningham Anderson is a former weekend co-anchor for an NBC TV affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, and is the founder of Newslady Productions, a documentary film-making company. She began her 23-year broadcast career in television news at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta. She has also worked as a television news reporter at TV stations in Lexington, Kentucky, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and as a news anchor in Savannah, Georgia. During her 12 and a half years at NBC13, Malena won two Emmy awards for Special Reporting as well as many other awards for her work.

Justin Neal Neal Justin is the media critic and intern co-coordinator for the Minneapolis Star Tribune where he previously covered music and nightlife. He currently serves as president for UNITY, journalists for diversity. Neal is a graduate of Northwestern University and worked at the Rockford Register Star before joining the Star Tribune in 2003. He is the co-founder of JCamp, a non-profit organization for high-school journalists and has served in various capacities for the Asian American Journalists Association.

Sudeep Reddy Sudeep Reddy is a managing editor for POLITICO. Prior to that, Reddy spent a decade in the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau where he was economics editor directing coverage of U.S. and international economic news. He joined the Journal in 2007 as a U.S. economics reporter covering the Federal Reserve and financial crisis and later served as the Journal’s international economics correspondent, covering developments across the White House, Treasury Department, IMF and World Bank. Reddy started his career in Dallas where he worked for The Dallas Morning News.

Mizell Stewart III Mizell Stewart III is vice president of news operations for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network, supporting the efforts of nearly 4,000 journalists who are part of the largest local-to-national news network in the United States. Stewart is also a member of the adjunct faculty of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies where he develops and delivers leadership programs for mid-career professionals, including the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Journalism.


Alison Bass Alison Bass is an assistant professor of journalism at the WVU Reed College of Media and the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction books.