Bookmark and Share

sponsored by:

Knight Fellowships Logo ASJA Logo

Google Logo

Kaiser Permanente Logo – Jun 18-19 – Stanford University


Keynote speaker: David Granger, editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine

Alboher | Anderson | Baird | Baldwin | Brown | Davis | Dotinga | Engel | Fost | Freidenfelds | Garcia | Goodman | Hale | Harrison | Hernandez | Horan | Hubert | Jeffery | Kahn | Kelley | Lehmann-Haupt | Lesser | Levy | Lewis | Martin | Miller | Mitchell | Newitz | Parker | Patterson | Robinson | Robson | Rosenthal | Sagolla | Shirk | Slater | Smith | Steen | Trent | Washington | Watters | Weber | White | Villano | Zalewski | Zamora

Marci Alboher
Marci Alboher is Vice President at Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, Alboher is the author of One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success (Warner Books, 2007 She has been a regular contributor to the "The Takeaway" on public radio, wrote the blog "Working the New Economy" for Yahoo!, and is on the advisory boards of The OpEd Project and Alboher graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Veronica Anderson
Veronica Anderson, a journalist who specializes in education, is a 2010 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. For 12 years, she was editor-in-chief and managing editor of Catalyst Chicago, an education policy website and newsmagazine that covers school improvement in the country’s third largest school district. Under Anderson’s leadership, the magazine won nearly a dozen local and national awards, most recently, a 2009 National Award in Education Reporting for “Reaching Black Boys,” an investigation into what’s behind the disparate treatment and educational outcomes of African American males. She led efforts to create more timely and interactive news products, including the Catalyst Notebook blog and Catalyst Caucus, an online moderated discussion of education news, and in 1998, she helped launch an education newsmagazine in Cleveland. Previously, Anderson was an associate editor for Crain’s Chicago Business and Crain’s Small Business. Anderson has a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in journalism, both from Northwestern University.

Staci Baird
Staci Baird is a multimedia specialist with more than ten years of experience working with a variety of traditional and non-traditional media outlets. She is currently a journalism instructor at San Francisco State University. Staci is an avid champion and user of social media. As an internet marketing manager for Lucasfilm, she launched LucasArt's first social media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook. Before moving to San Francisco, Staci was innovations project manager for E.W. Scripps Newspaper Interactive in Knoxville, Tenn. and multimedia manager for MSN Money in NYC. She has worked as a content producer for CBS Interactive and SFGate. Staci can be found on Twitter @girljournalist.

Howard Baldwin
Howard Baldwin has worked in the publishing industry as a writer and editor since 1977. Since 1987 he has worked at publications targeting business and technology, writing about everything from PCs and Macintoshes to games and mainframes, and as well as how the applications that run on them can make businesses more efficient. In his spare time, he also blogs weekly as "Middle Age Cranky."

Damon Brown
Damon Brown, freelance journalist, writes about technology, music, video games and more for Playboy, New York Post and Family Circle, and is the tech columnist for AARP Online and PlanetOut. He blogs for BNET and is the author of nine books, most recently Porn & Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and Other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture. Damon has a Masters in Magazine Publishing from Chicago's Northwestern University and a degree in Journalism and Computing from Detroit's Oakland University. The Jersey native considers New Orleans, Chicago and Lansing (Michigan) his hometowns, but recently established his secret headquarters in Northern California.

Dawn Davis is the VP and Editorial Director of Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins and an executive editor at HarperCollins. Her list includes Edward P. Jones's The Known World which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critic Circles Award for Fiction, and the number 1 New York Times bestseller The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner. A graduate of Stanford University, she's worked with journalist such as David Mendell, author of Obama: From Promise to Power and Matt Birkbeck, author of Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money and Madness. Forthcoming books include Venus Williams's Come to Win.

Randy Dotinga
Randy Dotinga has been a freelance journalist for 11 years. He currently devotes much of his time to working for, the pioneering non-profit watchdog journalism site. He writes news stories and other content for and tries to find ways to sneak cheeky humor into the daily email news summary, which he writes five days a week. He also writes for a variety of other publications, including The Christian Science Monitor (where he's a correspondent and book reviewer), the North County Times (a suburban San Diego newspaper where his weekly column about radio appears) and two medical news services. Prior to freelancing, he was a daily newspaper reporter for seven years. He will become a board member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors this summer.

Margaret Engel is executive director of the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation, the nation's second oldest journalism foundation. She directs a program that awards fellowships to some of the country's best reporters, editors and photographers. She also serves as managing editor of the Newseum, the nation's only interactive museum of news. She is a board member of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post. She formerly reported on state government and health issues for the Des Moines Register, before being named to the paper's Washington bureau. She began her career at The Lorain Journal.

Dan Fost
Dan Fost, freelance writer, has been published in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today and San Francisco magazine, specializing in technology, but branching out into baseball and other features. Dan's book, Giants Past and Present, about the baseball team, was published by MVP Books in Spring 2010. As a staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle for nine years, he had a front row seat at the rise, fall and Web 2.0 resurrection of the dotcoms. In a lengthy career in newspapers, he has covered sports, social ventures, the environment, education, police, business, and politics. He is a native of New Jersey and a graduate of Boston University. He lives in Marin County, Calif., with his wife and son.

Jason Freidenfelds is a communications manager at Google, where he develops pitches that weave together Google Search tools to reach broad consumer audiences. He tries to make Google's stories and technology accessible and interesting to audiences who don't care about the tech industry's spurts and spats, but do care about how technology affects their everyday lives. He began his career by getting laid off from a web consultancy after only six weeks as Silicon Alley imploded in 2000, and since then he's worked as a web UI designer, a marketing manager at a gaming media publisher, and a tech PR guy. He holds a bachelor's degree in cognitive psychology from Harvard. On the side he plays trombone in a New Orleans-style brass band in Oakland.

Dawn Garcia
Dawn Garcia is the Deputy Director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, an ambitious program focused on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Garcia was a reporter and editor at West Coast newspapers for 18 years, including the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle.. She is the immediate past president of the Journalism & Women Symposium, a national nonprofit organization of women journalists and journalism educators. She was a member of four Pulitzer Prize juries in journalism and also served two terms on the Accrediting Committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and on the California First Amendment Coalition board. She earned a master's degree in liberal arts at Stanford, writing her dissertation on the evolution of Spanish-language media in California and earned her bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Oregon. She was a 1991-92 Stanford Knight Fellow.

Michelle Goodman
Michelle Goodman has been a full-time freelance writer since 1992. Her books -- My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire (Seal Press, 2008) and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide (Seal, 2007) -- offer an irreverent twist on the traditional career guide. She writes a weekly career management column for ABC News and a work/life balance blog and column for the Seattle Times. Although she currently covers the workplace, entrepreneurship, technology and personal finance, in past years Michelle has written about everything from tattoos to Tantra to speed dating to dog dancing. Her credits include, Salon, Entrepreneur, Adweek, AOL, Yahoo, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bark, Bust and several anthologies. Michelle is a proud New Jersey native, a former San Francisco Bay Area resident and a current inhabitant of soggy Seattle.

Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax and Wired Style, has carved a niche as a critic of narrative journalism and a fiend about the craft of writing. She blogs about both at As a reporter she has also covered Latin plurals and Latino culture, Berkeley politics and Hawaiian sovereignty. Her freelance work has appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, The Los Angeles Times, and others. She has been a staff editor at the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, Wired, and Health magazines and is now a freelance editor for Harvard Business School Press. She divides her time between Massachusetts, where she teaches at the Nieman Foundation, and California, where she has a home-and a husband!-in Oakland.

Laird Harrison
Laird Harrison has written for some of the nation's best-known magazines, Web sites and newspapers including TIME, People,, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He has produced video for the Smithsonian Magazine Web site, and audio for WUNC radio. He currently serves as Senior Editor at, a Web site for dental professionals. Previously he was associate editor at WebMD. He has taught journalism at San Francisco State University, Media Bistro and the University of California Extension and has received awards from the California Newspaper Publisher's Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. This summer, Harrison is launching, an online interactive novel.

Richard Koci Hernandez
Richard Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy award winning video and multimedia producer and worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and international magazines, including Stern. In 2008, Richard was awarded a national Emmy award for the New Approaches to Documentary category for his work on the Mercury News video entitled, Uprooted. In 2003, Richard was the recipient of the James K. Batten Knight Ridder Excellence Award. His work for the Mercury News has earned him two Pulitzer Prize nominations. His photography and multimedia work has won numerous awards on the national and regional level, including two Emmy nominations. Richard was named deputy director of photography and multimedia after spearheading the creation of He has taught multimedia workshops for Stanford University, National Press Photographers Association, The Southern Short Course, National Association for Hispanic Journalists and National Association for Black Journalists. He has lectured at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Stanford University. Koci-Hernandez is a San Francisco State University journalism graduate, where he has been a guest instructor. Koci Hernandez is currently a visiting Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism supported by a Ford Foundation grant to produce digital news sites for San Francisco Bay Area communities.

Jim Horan
Jim Horan is an experienced Fortune 500 executive, small business expert, advisor to non-profits, consultant, author/publisher and speaker. Currently he is the President/CEO of The One Page Business Plan Company. Fifteen years ago, Jim simplified the business plan to a single page. He took this simple concept, created and self-published his first book, The One Page Business Plan for the Creative Entrepreneur which instantly became an Amazon best seller.This book spawned a global cottage industry which now includes six books, desktop e-learning software, and enterprise planning and performance management software.

Jake Hubert
Jake Hubert is a Communications Manager for Search at Google, based at the company headquarters in Mountain View, California. In this capacity he writes and talks about search on a daily basis, including the basics of how search works, new features and broader themes in information technology. Before joining Google in 2007, Jake worked in politics as a policy analyst during the 2006 California gubernatorial primary. Jake holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with majors in Political Science and Legal Studies.

Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones magazine. Clara and her coeditor, Monika Bauerlein, have headed Mother Jones since 2006. The two women were honored with a National Magazine Award for General Excellence for their rookie year, and they won a second in 2010. Since taking the helm, they have expanded the bimonthly magazine into a full-on, 24/7 news organization, opening a eight-reporter Washington bureau headed by David Corn, hiring blogosphere pioneer Kevin Drum, and relaunching Clara has edited eight stories that were National Magazine Award finalists as well as pieces that have been selected to appear in various editions of Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Science Writing. Before coming to Mother Jones, she was a senior editor at Harper’s; earlier in her career she worked as a writer, editor, and columnist at Washington City Paper. An alumna of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Carleton College, and the Sidwell Friends School, Clara grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and now lives in San Francisco with her partner, Christopher, and their son Milo, who is named after the protagonist of The Phantom Tollbooth.

Jennifer Kahn has been a contributing editor at Wired magazine since 2003, and a feature writer for The New Yorker, National Geographic, Outside, Discover, Mother Jones, and the New York Times, among others. A graduate of Princeton University and UC Berkeley, she has degrees in astrophysics and journalism, and has been a recipient of the CASE-UCLA media fellowship in neuroscience. Her work has been selected for several anthologies, including Richard Grinnell's Science and Society, and has been chosen for the Best American Science Writing series four times in the past seven years, most recently for "A Cloud of Smoke," her New Yorker piece about a policeman whose death four years after 9/11 was not what it seemed. Since 2008, she has taught in the Magazine Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (narrative science writing and profile writing). She can be reached at

Bruce Kelley
Bruce Kelley has been Editor in Chief of San Francisco since 2000. San Francisco recently became just the second city monthly in history to win the magazine industry’s most coveted honor, the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Under his stewardship, San Francisco has been nominated for four 'Ellies' total, including three times in Public Interest journalism, and in 2009 won the Western Publishers Association 'Maggie' award as the Best Consumer Magazine in the western United States. In 2005, the magazine became part of Modern Luxury, a chain of 10 regional titles, and Kelley led the successful re-launch as an oversized city title. Before coming to San Francisco, Kelley was the Executive Editor of Health between 1998 and 2000, when the Time Inc. title earned a National Magazine Award nomination (in 2001) in General Excellence. He also served as Senior Editor and Managing Editor at Health, where he worked for eight years. Kelley got his start in consumer magazines at California and Sunset magazines, where he was a Senior Editor. In the 1980s, he co-founded the public interest journal California Tomorrow. He is a graduate of Ravenswood High School in East Palo Alto, California and of Princeton University. He lives in Moraga, California with his wife Susan and two children, Rachel, 15, and Neil, 13.

Rachel Lehmann-Haupt
Rachel Lehmann-Haupt is the author of In Her Own Sweet Time: Unexpected Adventures in Finding Love, Commitment and Motherhood (Basic Books, 2009). She is also an editor and multi-media events producer. Her expertise is social trends, media, business, gender politics and the influence of science and technology on culture. She has appeared as a commentator on ABC’s Good Morning America and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Slate, New York, Vogue, O magazine, Outside, Wired, The New York Observer, and MSN Money. She is currently writing a blog on the business of genetics, the subject of her new book, for Book editing projects have included the best selling book, The Female Brain by Louanne Brizendine (Random House, 2007). Rachel has also served as a senior editor at Primedia’s Folio magazine and Executive editor of Plum magazine. Event clients have included: The Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, Media Bistro, and Time, Inc. She graduated with honors in English Literature from Kenyon College and attended The UC Berkeley J-school in 1996 and 1997. While at UC Berkeley she was an assistant to Clay Felker, the founder of New York and The Felker Magazine Center.

Wendy Lesser
Wendy Lesser, the editor of The Threepenny Review, is the author of eight books, most recently Room for Doubt. She blogs on The Lesser Blog and the National Arts Journalism Program's ARTicles sites. The winner of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, the American Academy in Berlin, and numerous other institutions, she has written freelance articles for the TLS, the New York Times, the London Review of Books, Bookforum, and many other places. She writes about books, music, dance, theater, and other subjects for The Threepenny Review. Her next book, a hybrid biography of Dmitri Shostakovich as seen through his fifteen string quartets, will be out from Yale University Press in the spring of 2011.

Brett Levy
Brett Levy is co-founder of The Journalism Shop, a site designed to help experienced reporters and editors win freelance work. The site recently announced a partnership with eByline. A former Los Angeles Times news and pagination/systems editor, Brett is also freelancing for the Pew Center on the States. Prior to the Times, Brett was a pagination editor at The Palm Beach Post in Florida and news editor at the East Valley Tribune in Arizona.

Peter Lewis
Peter Lewis is a writer and editor specializing in technology and science. He recently completed a year-long John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, where he researched new business models for journalism. From 1982 to 1996 and from 1997 to 2000 he was a reporter, editor, columnist and senior writer for The New York Times, where he worked as Assistant Science Editor and Assistant Financial Editor. He was the newspaper’s first Technology Editor and helped create the website. In 1996 Lewis left The Times to help launch an Internet start-up for Pasadena-based ideaLab. He returned to The Times staff in 1997 to help launch the Circuits technology section.In 2000 Lewis joined Fortune magazine as Senior Editor and columnist, covering consumer technologies. He was also a blogger for, the website of Time Inc.’s Fortune Group. He left Fortune in 2007 and, after living a year in Argentina while writing a novel, contributed to Money magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Conde Nast Portfolio, Fast Company, Outside and other magazines. Lewis is a graduate of Drake University and studied physics and journalism at the University of Kansas. He and his wife, Kathryn, an artist, live in Palo Alto, California.

Nina Martin is Articles Editor at San Francisco magazine, a 2010 National Magazine Award winner for general excellence, where she edits everything from 8,000-word investigative pieces on shady SF landlords to lifestyle service packages on home décor. She was the founding editor of BabyCenter magazine (print version), a senior editor at Health, and has held staff positions at the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, and the San Francisco Examiner. Her reporting on legal, women’s, and health issues has appeared in many national publications; her awards include two NMA nominations in the public interest category (writing, 2005; editing, 2010). A native of Honolulu, she has a BA from Princeton University and an MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Berkeley.

Jonathan Miller is executive director of Homelands Productions, a nonprofit journalism cooperative specializing in public radio documentaries. He has reported from Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the US for NPR, BBC, CBC, and Marketplace, and has written for The New Yorker, LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, Parents, American Way, and many other publications. He has produced two award-winning, grant-funded, freelance-driven series for public radio, one (for NPR) about cultural change and the other (for Marketplace) about work in the global economy. In 2005 he was editorial director of Think Global, a week of coordinated programming about globalization on more than 300 non-commercial radio stations and 30 national shows. Between 1988 and 2001, he worked as a freelance reporter, writer, and editor in the Philippines and Peru. He is currently organizing a collaborative multimedia project about hunger around the world from his attic office in Ithaca, New York.

Luke Mitchell
Luke Mitchell has since 2002 been a senior editor of Harper's Magazine, for which he has written and edited numerous stories. He was previously an editor for The Industry Standard and Random House, and he has written for, among other publications, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Bass Player Magazine.

Annalee Newitz, Photo credit: Scott Beale
Annalee Newitz writes about science, technology, and pop culture. Currently she's the editor in chief of, a blog about science fiction and the future that gets over 2 million unique visitors per month. She's contributed to Wired, The Washington Post, 2600, New Scientist, Technology Review, Popular Science, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She's the author of Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters In American Pop Culture (Duke UP), and co-editor of the essay collection She's Such A Geek (Seal Press). Formerly, she was the policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. She was the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT.

Marcia Parker
Marcia Parker, West Coast Editorial Director of, AOL's newest venture into hyperlocal journalism, previously taught at and was Assistant Dean at UC Berkeley's Graduate School. Later, she joined the non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting. She served as Launch Manager for California Watch, CIR's statewide investigative reporting unit. Previously she did stints at AOL, where she was a Director of Programming and was Assistant Managing Editor at Intuit's Parker has consulted on content strategy for Yahoo, and others. Parker graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in journalism and earned a master's degree from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. She also does media training overseas through a foundation she co-founded.

David R. Patterson
David R. Patterson is an agent at Foundry Literary + Media. He has worked as an editor at Henry Holt and Company and at PublicAffairs, where books and authors whom he edited include Nate Blakeslee’s Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town and Nicholas Schmidle’s To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan, among many others. He represents journalists and scholars especially, on a very wide range of topics, including memoir, along with some writers of fiction.

Mark Robinson
Mark Robinson, features editor, Wired magazine Robinson oversees writers and editors who cover the impact of technology on everything from lockpicking to Egyptian politics. Prior to joining Wired in 2001, Robinson was an editor for the Industry Standard, supervising coverage of the media industry. He also spent six years as a daily newspaper reporter, hopping from California to Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Originally from Silicon Valley, Robinson moonlights as a jazz singer. He attended Stanford University's master's program in journalism.

Scott Robson serves as Vice President, New Movie Initiatives across MTV Music Group's digital divisions,including and Robson oversees the editorial development of new movie related projects, works alongside editors at MTV Music Group's properties to enhance and expand movie related content and assists sales in spearheading ad revenue growth. Before joining MTV, Robson served as Editor-in-Chief for AOL's and AOL Television. Previously, Robson created the popular The Envelope website for the Los Angeles Times and served as a founding editor and Editor-in-Chief for E! Online. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Variety and other leading publications.

Robert Rosenthal is executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning journalist with nearly 40 years of experience, Rosenthal has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and, most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle. As a reporter, his awards include the Overseas Press Club Award for magazine writing, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence, and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World Reporting. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002, and joined the Center for Investigative Reporting as executive director in 2008.

Dom Sagolla, co-creator of Twitter and author of 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form (Wiley 2009), has been involved in online community for 15 years, working to create tools such as Macromedia Studio, Odeo, the first version of Twitter, and Adobe Creative Suite. Dom helped produce the Obama '08 iPhone App and now develops software with his company Dollar App in San Francisco. Each Dollar App product has been featured by Apple: Big Words, Math Cards, and now 140 Characters Hypertext Edition. Dom is also an original merchant on the Square system.

Martha Shirk
Martha Shirk is a program consultant to The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism. The Fellowships program provides training on community health issues to print, broadcast and online journalists from both mainstream and ethnic media. The program also administers the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, which provides grants of $2,500 to $10,000 to underwrite substantive reporting on community health issues. A reporter for 21 years for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Martha is the co-author of four books, including On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of Foster Care, which won the 2005 Pro Humanitate Book Award, given annually by the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare to honor the best child welfare book published in the previous year. Martha has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree in urban studies from the University of Chicago. She lives in Palo Alto.

Daniel Slater oversees Author and Vendor Relations for Amazon Kindle. Daniel spent over a decade in the publishing industry, first at Simon & Schuster and then with Penguin, as a Senior Editor. After working for a leading publishing IT firm, Daniel joined Amazon to help direct the growth and business of the Amazon Shorts program. Daniel now brings his experience in commercial content acquisition, business development, marketing and sales across Amazon Digital Services Inc.'s digital ventures. After overseeing the digital content business initiatives of over 60 major trade publishers for Amazon Kindle (including Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Penguin), Daniel and his team help authors, agents, publishers and content providers find the best solutions to help make their content available on Kindle. Daniel holds a dual BA (English Literature, Political Science) from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

David Hale Smith
David Hale Smith is the founder and president of DHS Literary, Inc., a literary agency and entertainment media consultancy in Dallas, Texas. Since starting the company in 1994, Smith has been managing authors' careers, negotiating deals and contracts with companies such as Alfred A. Knopf, Algonquin, Bantam Books, Broadway, Columbia Pictures, HarperCollins, Little Brown, Putnam, Random House, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin's Press, Penguin Group, Sony Computer Entertainment, and many others. Smith works with literary and commercial fiction - especially mysteries, suspense novels and thrillers - as well as a broad range of nonfiction and comics/graphic novels. His agency also sells film, foreign and all subsidiary rights. Smith also made an early move in the electronic publishing space, co-founding an internet start-up in the mid-90s that was an attempt at launching new authors via serialized fiction that was both ad-supported and crowd-funded. The effort had a similar fate of many internet start-ups. It died a quick and painful death as angel funding evaporated in the wake of the dot com bust. Smith is a graduate of Kenyon College with a Bachelor's Degree in English. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two daughters.

Karen Steen, senior editor, BNET, writes about architecture, urbanism, art, and design for publications including Metropolis, ReadyMade, The New York Times, and the London Guardian. She edits the "You Are Here" department for Swink, a literary magazine, and is a senior editor at BNET, a CBS Interactive business web site. She has taught writing at Pratt Institute and the New School University and has performed her written work at venues such as The Moth urban storytelling series. Her first book, Crystal Cove Cottages: Islands in Time on the California Coast, is a Los Angeles Times bestseller. A graduate of Pitzer College, Karen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and a Volkswagen that runs on biodiesel.

Sydney Trent
Sydney Trent is a Senior Editor in the Style section of The Washington Post, where she edits some of the best general assignment writers in the country on everything from pop culture dailies to narrative projects. She also continues to edit for The Washington Post Magazine, where she was Deputy Editor from 2002 to 2009, during which time the magazine was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes. Trent has worked with freelancers on a wide range of topics and story forms, from reported long-form narratives to consumer education and home and design stories. A 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia, Trent was assistant managing editor/features at The Miami Herald and also worked as a writer and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Virginian Pilot. She is also a narrative essayist. Disinterested in sports for most of her life, she received a citation in Best American Sports Writing 2008 for a Post Magazine cover she wrote on learning to love baseball, a shock from which she has yet to recover.

Kate Washington is a Sacramento-based freelance food and travel writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in such publications as Sunset, Cooking Light, Yoga Journal, Via, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post, and she has contributed to and edited many cookbooks. Formerly associate food editor at Sunset and associate editor at Williams-Sonoma TASTE magazine, she is a contributing writer for Sactown, a Sacramento city magazine, and recently edited the first Zagat guide to Sacramento restaurants. She is also a co-founder of Roan Press, a small not-for-profit literary publisher, and holds a Ph.D. in English from Stanford University.

Ethan Watters is the author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche (Jan. 2010), Urban Tribes, an examination of the mores of affluent "never marrieds" and the coauthor of Making Monsters, an indictment of the recovered memory movement. A frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Discover, Men's Journal, Details, Wired, and PRI's This American Life, he has appeared on such national media as Good Morning America, Talk of the Nation, and CNN. Watters is co-founder of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto where he teaches writing classes. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.

Jonathan Weber is editor-in-chief of the Bay Citizen, founded in Sept 2009 as the Bay Area News Project. A not-for-profit hyperlocal, the Bay Citizen's mission is to enhance quality and community news coverage in the Bay area, stimulate innovation in journalism and foster civic engagement. Jonathan has more than 20 years of journalism experience and multiple print and online start-ups under his belt. He was the co-founder and editor in chief of The Industry Standard, the award-winning, San Francisco-based newsweekly that chronicled the dot-com boom of the late 1990's. He also spent eight years as writer and editor of the Los Angeles Times, including three years in their San Francisco bureau. More recently, Weber was the founder and C.E.O. of New West Publishing, a next-generation media company located in Missoula, Montana. The company's flagship product, the award-winning NewWest.Net, is a local and regional online publication about the Rocky Mountain West.

Susan White worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune from 1994 until 2007, serving ultimately as the newspaper's enterprise editor. She played a key role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of corruption by former U.S. Rep. Randy Cunningham. Her experience at the Union-Tribune included stints as border editor and writing coach. Earlier in her career, Ms. White worked for 14 years as a reporter and television critic at the Lexington [Kentucky] Herald-Leader.

Matt Villano
Matt Villano proudly never has held a full-time job. As a full-time freelancer since 1998, Villano has penned pieces for publications such as TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, Sunset, Coastal Living, Backpacker, San Francisco Chronicle and more. Currently, he covers subjects including travel, parenting, education, technology, business, science and gambling (yes, gambling). On the multimedia front, Villano moderates an average of 40 Webinars annually for companies in the high-tech space, and has put together a number of audio and video podcasts for clients in various industries. Villano also does corporate writing—mostly marketing materials and newsletters, but occasionally speeches, too. The resident of Healdsburg, Calif., rounds out his freelance business with copyediting work and intermittent consulting gigs.

Daniel Zalewski
Daniel Zalewski is the features editor of The New Yorker. He edits the work of many staff writers, including David Grann, Jane Mayer, Alex Ross, Lawrence Wright, Ian Parker, George Packer, and Rebecca Mead. Zalewski began his career as an intern at Harper’s. He became an editor at Lingua Franca, then moved to the New York Times Magazine, where he worked as a story editor for five years. He has been at The New Yorker since 2003, and has contributed his own writing to the magazine, including Profiles of Rem Koolhaas, Werner Herzog, and Ian McEwan. He has also written for the Times Book Review, Slate, and Salon.

Jose Zamora
Jose Zamora is a Journalism Program Associate at Knight Foundation. Jose helps manage Knight Foundation's digital journalism portfolio, including the Knight News Challenge, a five-year, $25 million initiative to spur media innovation. He is a journalist, columnist, blogger and a former news executive with elPeriódico in Guatemala. He has a Law degree from Universidad Francisco Marroquín, a specialization in Media Law from Oxford's Media Law Advocates Program and a Master's in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Organization of American States Scholar who focused his work on Media and Democracy.