2014 Symposium

Symposium Speakers 2014

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Keynote Speaker: Karen Miller Pensiero, The Wall Street Journal

Karen Miller Pensiero, Wall Street JournalKaren Miller Pensiero is the editor for Newsroom Standards at The Wall Street Journal and is responsible for upholding and teaching journalism standards and ethics at the Journal’s headquarters in New York and its bureaus around the globe. She has focused on standards and ethics since 2004. Prior to that, she held a variety of positions throughout the company, including managing editor/international, overseeing the editing of the Journal’s Asian and European editions; Money & Markets editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe; director of corporate communications for Dow Jones; director of Dow Jones Interactive Publishing International. She began her career as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern in 1984. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Watch Karen's symposium presentation on Keeping an Ethical Foundation in Constant Change.


Moderator: Kevin Riggs

Kevin Riggs

One of California’s top political journalists, Kevin Riggs is now senior vice president with Randle Communications in Sacramento. As a reporter and anchor for Sacramento’s KCRA-TV, he covered historic national events, including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, 1999 Columbine shootings, and 2000 Florida presidential ballot standoff. He also worked for Fresno’s KFSN-TV and Santa Barbara’s KCOY-TV. He has been recognized with numerous awards for broadcast excellence, including the national 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for the KCRA team’s breaking news coverage of the Galleria fire. Today he serves on the Advisory Board for the Journalism Department at Cal Poly and provides regular political analysis for KCRA-TV.

Symposium presentation excerpt including Megan Silcott, Dayle Hayes, Kevin Riggs, and Peter King.


David Kerley

David Kerley, ABC News, Washington D.C.

David Kerley is a correspondent for ABC News based in Washington, D.C., who contributes regularly to “World News,” “Good Morning America,” and “Nightline.” Since joining ABC News, Kerley has covered breaking news stories, including the recent disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. He's traveled to every continent except Antarctica for ABC News and has covered a half dozen assignments in Iraq. Prior to joining ABC, Kerley spent more than 20 years as an anchor and reporter across the United States, most recently as the primary anchor at WBBM-TV in Chicago. He worked for stations in Seattle, Boise and Santa Maria, Calif. Kerley has been honored with two Emmy Awards. He is a Cal Poly graduate and serves on the Journalism Department’s Advisory Board. More about David Kerley

The Look That Changed My Life presented by David Kerley at the 2014 symposium.


Peter King

Peter King

A native of Fresno, Calif., Peter King studied journalism at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 1973-77 under the tutelage of Jim Hayes. He served as co-editor of the Mustang Daily, with the late Fred Vulin. His 35-year career in newspapers included stints at the San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune, Fresno Bee, Associated Press, and San Francisco Examiner. King worked for the Los Angeles Times for 25 years as a reporter, editor and columnist. His "On California" column was a Pulitzer finalist in the mid-1990s. For the past five years, he has served as executive director of public affairs for the University of California.

Symposium presentation excerpt including Megan Silcott, Dayle Hayes, Kevin Riggs, and Peter King.


Patrick Lin

Patrick Lin

An associate professor in Cal Poly’s Philosophy Department, Patrick Lin is the director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group and teaches courses in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of technology, and philosophy of law. He is the author of "Robot Ethics" (MIT Press, 2012), and he is recognized internationally for his work in nanotechnology, human enhancement, robotics, military technologies (including cyberweapons), and other areas. He holds academic affiliations with Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society and University of Notre Dame. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Berkeley, and master’s and doctorate from University of California at Santa Barbara. More about Patrick Lin

Patrick Lin presented Taking It Home at this year's symposium.


Robert Logan

Robert Logan, U.S. National Library

Robert Logan is a member of the senior staff of the U.S. National Library of Medicine within the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Science Communication, and Mass Communication and Society. Logan was director of the Science Journalism Center at the Missouri School of Journalism before he joined NLM in 2003. Logan began his career as a science writer and news editor at several Midwestern U.S. newspapers. He received a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, a master’s from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Journalism Department at Cal Poly.

Robert Logan presents on Emphasizing Best Evidence: A Shared Responsibility.


Judy Muller

Judy Muller, USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Broadcast journalist Judy Muller is a professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Previously, she was a correspondent for ABC News for 15 years, reporting for such broadcasts as “World News with Peter Jennings,” “Nightline” and “20/20.” From 1980 to 1990, she was a correspondent for CBS News, reporting for the radio network and for the television broadcast “Sunday Morning.” She is also a commentator for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and APR’s “Marketplace Money.” In recent years, she has been a contributing correspondent to KCET TV’s “SoCal Connected,” where her reporting garnered a George Foster Peabody award. Muller is currently a contributing correspondent for Al Jazeera America. Her latest book, about weekly newspapers in America, is “Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small Towns” (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2011). More about Judy Muller

Commentary Creep: Blurring the Line Between News and Opinion presented by Judy Muller.

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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