2023 Jim Hayes Symposium

Friday, Oct. 27

2:45-4:15 p.m.

Cal Poly Campus

Free and open to the public. View event website.

American's trust in the news media is near an all-time low and deeply divided along partisan lines. What can journalists do to restore faith in honest, fair and accurate reporting? 

These are the questions we'll tackle in this year's Jim Hayes Symposium, our biannual forum where media leaders talk of courage, truth and enduring values. 

The goal of the Jim Hayes Symposium is to inspire a new generation of journalists, content providers and storytellers to act with integrity. It is named for a beloved Cal Poly journalism professor, chair of the journalism department and founding director of the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication, who was a staunch advocate for fact-checking, integrity and ethics.

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Symposium Speakers 2023

Emilio Garcia Ruiz

Editor-in-chief, San Francisco Chronicle

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz is the editor-in-chief of The San Francisco Chronicle, overseeing all news and content across print and digital platforms for The Chronicle.

He has spent more than 20 years during two stints at The Washington Post, most recently serving as managing editor of digital, where he supervised emerging news products, the general assignment reporting team, graphics, newsroom product, operations, audience and engagement, experimental storytelling, design, audio, photo and video.

Carolyn McGourty Supple

Head of public affairs, Google Public Sector

Carolyn McGourty Supple is Head of Public Affairs for Google Public Sector, where she works with the Office of the CEO to accelerate digital transformation of U.S. public institutions. 

Ms. Supple is a recognized leader on media, technology and leadership, whose work has been featured or published in The Hill, Poynter, USA Today, Ms. Magazine, Quill, Editor & Publisher and CNN.

Carolyn co-founded the Center for Ethical Leadership in Media and served as Visiting Professor with the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked with faculty to develop an open-source curriculum on ethical leadership and management. She served as the 2021 Entrepreneur in Residence for Marin Sonoma Impact Ventures.

Moderator: David Kerley

Journalist, Full Throttle Newsletter

David Kerley is a journalist working in both broadcasting and digital media. His newsletter, Full Throttle, explores the dramatic transportation transformation that is underway around the globe. David is also a correspondent for the Discovery Channel’s Space Launch Live programs.

As former Senior Transportation Correspondent for ABC News, David reported for World News Tonight and Good Morning America for 16 years. Prior to ABC News, David was an anchor and reporter at stations in Chicago, Seattle, Boise, and Santa Maria, CA. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.


A number of sponsorship levels are available for the Jim Hayes Symposium and that evening's Mustang Media Hall of Fame Gala. For more information, please contact department chair Brady Teufel at 

Other Resources

Facebook: We Love Jim Hayes

A facebook page dedicated to Jim and his work.

Jim Hayes: See Me

A tribute to Jim Hayes, this book is a special collection of anecdotes, loving tributes and heartfelt notes inspired by the We Love Jim Hayes Facebook page.

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