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JAWS CAMP 2020 Keynote Speakers Include Award-Winner Journalist Soledad O’Brien

SOLEDAD O’BRIEN is our Saturday evening keynote at JAWS CAMP this year! The 35th JAWS CAMP will be online and on demand!

Ms. O’Brien will be giving a talk LIVE and will be available for Q&A. O’Brien is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist. She anchors and produces the Hearst TV political magazine program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien”; and is a correspondent for HBO Real Sports. O’Brien’s work has been recognized with three Emmy awards, twice with the George Foster Peabody Award, three times with the Gracie Award, which honors women in media, twice with Cine Awards for her work in documentary films and also with an Alfred I. DuPont Award.

Our other speakers are all award-winning, trailing blazing journalists! 

YVETTE MILEY, senior vice president of DEI, NBCU News Group and NBC Sports, is responsible for recruiting and retention, training and development, employee engagement, strategic partnerships, and editorial initiatives across all four networks. Since joining MSNBC in July 2009, Miley has held several leadership roles within the news group including SVP for MSNBC and NBC News overseeing weekend, overnight, breaking news and special events programming on MSNBC as well as NBC News’ “Early Today” broadcasts; Head of Diversity and Inclusion for NBC News and MSNBC; VP for MSNBC; Executive Editor of MSNBC Dayside and thrgrio.com; and Executive-in-Charge of the NBC News digital platform NBCOUT, the first LGBTQ news vertical created by a major broadcast media organization.

Ms. Miley is the recipient of many of the industry’s highest honors. She received three Emmy Awards, including an Emmy for the MSNBC and NBC News coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in 2016; ten Edward R. Murrow Awards; a Society of Professional Journalists Award for her role during coverage of the Marathon Bombing in Boston; a DuPont-Columbia University Award; a George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992; and four Associated Press Awards. Miley’s additional accolades include a Pride Stars Award by Adweek in 2020; Distinguished Alumna Award by the President of the University of Florida in 2018; the National Association of Black Journalists’ Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017; National Press Club recognition for her work as a mentor in 2016; a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Urban League of Palm Beach County in 2013; and the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce’s 2007 Corporate Executive of the Year. She was also named a Distinguished Graduate from the University of Florida in 1997.

Miley is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and Online News Association. Her board memberships include ColorComm, the Stonewall Community Foundation, the T. Howard Foundation, the Florida A&M School of Journalism and Graphics Board of Visitors and University of Florida’s College of Journalism Dean Advisory Board.

A native of Riviera Beach, FL, Miley is a graduate of Suncoast High School and the University of Florida.

SARAH ALVAREZ, founder of Outlier Media Ms. Alvarez started her career in civil rights law in New York and worked as a public radio reporter before founding Outlier Media in 2016. Her work has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Bridge Magazine, The Detroit News, and The New York Times. Sarah believes journalism is a service and should be responsive to the needs of all people. Sarah developed Outlier’s model after years of trying to figure out how journalists could do a better job filling information gaps and increasing accountability to low-income news consumers. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Columbia Law School and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She launched Outlier in 2016, during her year as John S. Knight (JSK) Fellow at Stanford University. She lives in northwest Detroit with her family.

Emily Ramshaw and Errin Haines

Ms. Ramshaw and Ms. Haines are leaders of the 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of women, politics and policy.

Emily Ramshaw, The 19th’s co-founder and CEO, was until recently the editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, a Peabody Award-winning, 10-year-old news startup that boasts the largest statehouse bureau in the nation, powers the pages of newspapers across Texas and the nation, and is considered the gold standard for sustainability in local news. She is also the youngest person ever to be named to the board of the Pulitzer Prize, where she is serving a nine-year term.

In addition to overseeing more than 60 Tribune employees, a $10 million budget and 50+ live events annually, Ramshaw has spoken both nationally and internationally about the Tribune’s business model, deemed “the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success.”
Before helping to found the Tribune a decade ago, Ramshaw was an award-winning investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News, where she broke national stories about sexual abuse inside Texas’ youth lock-ups, reported from inside a West Texas polygamist compound and uncovered “fight clubs” at state institutions for people with disabilities.

A native of Washington, D.C., Ramshaw graduated from Northwestern University in 2003 with dual degrees in journalism and American history.

Errin Haines, is editor at large and a co-founder of The 19th and an MSNBC Contributor.

Prior to joining The 19th, Errin was national writer on race and ethnicity for The Associated Press, offering sharp news analysis and original perspectives on current events on topics including urban affairs, policing, historically black colleges, civil rights, and the black electorate. Errin has worked at The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel. She has also contributed to numerous outlets including NBCNews, NPR, The Guardian, TIME and POLITICO Magazine. Her expertise on issues of race, gender and politics make her a sought-after voice and thought leader in her industry. This fall, Errin will teach a class on race, gender and the 2020 election at the Georgetown University Institute of Politics. In addition to her role as a reporter, Errin is a tireless champion for diversity in the media, advocating for more jobs for journalists of color in newsrooms, and for fair and accurate coverage of African-Americans in mainstream news outlets. From 2011 to 2015, Errin served two terms on the board of directors for the National Association of Black Journalists as the organization’s Vice President of Print. A native of Atlanta, Errin is based in Philadelphia with her dog, Ginger.

Khushbu Shah is the Editor in Chief of The Fuller Project, where she oversees and implements the editorial agenda and the newsroom’s groundbreaking reporting on women to expose injustice and spur accountability. She also leads partnerships with a myriad of prestigious U.S. and international outlets. Khushbu reports on the intersection of race, politics and social justice, writing regularly for outlets including The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Lily, Pacific Standard and Columbia Journalism Review. Khushbu speaks Spanish, Gujarati and basic
Arabic. She has a B.A. from The University of California, Berkeley and was awarded a Masters of Science from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

You don’t want to miss any of these amazing journalists!

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