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Saturday, September 9 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation: How Healing Through Storytelling Changes Individuals, Communities and Newsrooms

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Take part in an inspiring Saturday morning plenary session for a deep dive into the topic of racial healing and how it can change communities and change newsrooms. This candid discussion will describe the experience of racial healing, including how to engage in difficult conversations about race and intersectional identities. Panelists will discuss the value of racial healing as a key pathway to achieving racial equity and transforming systems that deeply harm children and families, including those who identify as LGBTQIA. As part of this expansive conversation, leaders from journalist affinity organizations reflecting communities of color will discuss the challenges faced by journalists of diverse backgrounds, while exploring how journalists and news organizations can cover a variety of stories in ways that give voice to the experiences of communities across race, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Sponsored by Kellogg Foundation

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Ken Lemon

President, National Association of Black Journalists
Lemon is a reporter at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, and outgoing NABJ VP-Broadcast. Lemon, a two-term NABJ Vice President, has earned an Edward R. Murrow Award, three Emmy Awards, two AP Awards, two RTNDA Awards, an NAACP Image Award and other recognitions. He is a founding... Read More →
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David Cordero

National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Region 1 Director
David began his career as a journalist at the Diálogo newspaper, a UPR publication, and was a national and international reporter for Metro Puerto Rico / Metro World News. He has a master’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Innovation in Journalism from Syracuse University... Read More →
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Sharif Durhams

Deputy Managing Editor, The Washington Post
Sharif Durhams is a deputy managing editor at The Washington Post. He rejoined The Post in 2022 after serving as managing editor at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He has overseen homepage teams at The Post and CNN. He is the former president of NLGJA: the Association of LGBTQ... Read More →
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Carla Thompson

Vice-President for Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg
Carla Thompson Payton is vice president for program strategy for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, she supports the foundation’s efforts to promote thriving children, working families and equitable communities.Thompson Payton provides leadership... Read More →


Saturday September 9, 2023 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Regency B (Floor 2M)