Mary Bock

Mary A. Bock is an assistant professor in the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism. She is a former journalist turned academic with an interest in the sociology of photographic practice, the relationship between words and images, and digital media. Her previous career spanned more than 20 years in television news, with stints as a newspaper reporter, a radio journalist and public relations writer. Bock recently coauthored “Visual Communication Theory and Research.” Her 2012 book, “Video Journalism: Beyond the One Man Band,” studied the relationship between solo multimedia practice and news narrative.

Andrew Chavez

Andrew Chavez is a computational journalist at The Dallas Morning News. At The News, Chavez is part of a team that uses data and programming to find and tell stories, handling everything from data analysis to interactive story presentations to the creation of newsroom tools. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and an instructor at The University of Texas at Austin journalism school.

Jenny Dial Creech

Jenny Dial Creech is a Houston Chronicle sports columnist. She has been an assistant sports editor and senior editor of Texas Sports Nation. She is the president of the Association for Women in Sports Media and received the 2015 APSE Diversity Fellowship. In 2017, she received an APSE award for her investigation into the Baylor University sexual assault scandal and an APME for sports commentary.

Louis DeLuca

Louis DeLuca is a senior staff photographer at the Dallas Morning News, where he has worked since 1992. He is a five-time NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year, and also a five-time runner-up for the honor. He has also worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Dallas Times Herald and the Shreveport Journal in his 38-year career.

Kurt Eichenwald

Kurt Eichenwald is senior writer with Newsweek, a contributing editor with Vanity Fair, and the New York Times bestselling author of four nonfiction books. At Newsweek, he wrote innumerable investigative pieces for the 2016 election including many about Donald Trump. At Vanity Fair he has written about both business and politics. A senior writer and investigative reporter with the New York Times for almost two decades, Eichenwald wrote about a range of topics, including corporate ethics and fraud, economics and corporate finance, healthcare, and Osama bin Laden’s financial network. Eichenwald is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for his reporting, and is also a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Wade Goodwyn

Wade Goodwyn is an NPR National Desk correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states. Reporting for NPR since 1991, Goodwyn has covered a wide range of issues, including politics, economics, Texas’s vibrant music industry, tornado disasters in Oklahoma, and breaking news. He also covered the 2016 killing of five police officers in Dallas, as well as the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.

Dale Hansen

Dale Hansen is the weeknight sports anchor during the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on WFAA-TV, and he also hosts Dale Hansen’s Sports Special on Sundays. In addition to numerous other awards, Hansen received the George Foster Peabody Award for Distinguished Journalism. That same year, he won the duPont-Columbia Award for his contribution to the investigation of SMU’s football program. His “Unplugged” commentaries are must-see TV.

Bobby Hawthorne

Bobby Hawthorne teaches a lot of workshops for high school reporters and editors. He writes a column and various feature stories for various education and general-interest magazines. He’s written several books, including “The Radical Write” and “Game On: Reporting and Writing Sports for Student Media.” He has won several cool awards, including one or two from JEA and NSPA. All in all, he’s done OK.

Ashley Jennings

Ashley Jennings is an award-winning producer, media consultant and international lifestyle photographer. She is the co-owner of Spero Labs, a creative production agency in Austin. Prior to moving back to Texas from New York, Jennings helped launch Al Jazeera Media Network’s American channel, Al Jazeera America, and was part of the ABC News field team who traveled the country covering breaking news, weather and politics.

David Knight

David Knight

David Knight is the public information director for Lancaster County (SC) School District and teaches two broadcast journalism classes. He has advised high school and middle school newspapers and once advised a literary magazine, which consisted mostly of epic poems lamenting the Lost Cause. Knight is rumored to have received awards, but proof of such remains elusive.

Jessica Luther

Jessica Luther is a freelance journalist and writer who mainly covers sports and culture. She has written extensively on the intersection of sports and violence off the field. Her first book, “Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape,” was published in 2016. Luther’s work has appeared in ESPN Magazine, New York Times Magazine, the Texas Observer, Sports Illustrated, BuzzFeed and Texas Monthly, among others. She is a fellow in the Texas Program in Sports and Media at the University of Texas.

Kathleen McElroy

Kathleen McElroy is the School of Journalism’s associate director and a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin. She has received awards for teaching and research. Her research interests include racial discourse, collective memory, sports media and obituaries. McElroy received her Ph.D. in 2014, after nearly 30 years as a professional journalist. At The New York Times, she held various management positions, including associate managing editor, dining editor, deputy sports editor and deputy website editor. She previously worked for The National, Newsday and three Texas publications.

Mike McLean

Mike McLean

Mike McLean is Texas-based freelance photojournalist who teaches workshops nationwide. He got his start in photojournalism in high school. He was photographer on a Dallas Times Herald reporting team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the crash of Delta flight 191 at the DFW airport. In 2003, he was inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame. He is a co-author of “Get The Picture,” a Jostens photojournalism curriculum. Recently, McLean developed an online digital photography storytelling course. His photography has appeared in numerous publications.

John Moore

John Moore

John Moore has worked in more than 60 countries on six continents for more than 25 years. In 2015, he became Getty Images’ first special correspondent and senior staff photographer. In 2005, he was part of an Associated Press team that won the Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography. He also won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his work in Congolese refugee camps.

Shannon Phillips

Shannon Phillips

Shannon Phillips has spent 20 years sweetly slaying the design world for clients like Landry’s Seafood, Dell, 3M, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s, Stripes Convenience Stores, Austin Tourism, Nokia, Dave & Busters, Genghis Grill and Caliber Collision. Her work has been recognized by The One Show, Archive Magazine, the Addys, the Tellys and LogoLounge.

Chris Sekin

Chris Sekin is managing partner of Johnson & Sekin, one of Dallas’ most awarded and talked-about branding agencies. Chris has spent 30 years writing for brands such as Continental Airlines, Pier 1 Imports, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Memorex, and Nieman Marcus. His work has been recognized by Graphis Magazine, Communication Arts, The New York Art Director’s Club, San Francisco Art Director’s Club and AdWeek Magazine.

Brett Shipp

Brett Shipp joined WFAA-TV in 1995 and has investigated faulty natural gas couplings linked to fatal explosions, cheating in high school athletics and the hazardous storage and lax regulation of ammonium nitrate. He’s received the duPont Gold Baton, two duPont Silver Batons, three Peabody Awards and multiple regional Emmys. Brett was also the first local reporter on the scene in NYC following the 9-11 attacks.

Jason Sickles

Jason Sickles has worked in newspapers, broadcast TV and online journalism for nearly 30 — including stints at The Dallas Morning News, CBS News and Yahoo News.  He’s reported from prisons, Super Bowls, hurricanes and pretty much everyplace in between. The native Texan found is calling as a journalist working for his high school newspaper.

Bruce Watterson

Bruce Watterson

Nicknamed the “whisperer” by his colleagues in the industry, C. Bruce Watterson inspires young journalists, particularly those editing yearbooks, newspapers and magazines. He works to help staffs kick-start critical thinking about yearbook and magazine production. “Readers know when some kind of ‘magic’ is taking place in their yearbook or magazine. They need and want inspired storytelling/reporting.”

Scott Winter

Scott Winter wrote the 2015 book “Nebrasketball: Tim Miles and a Big 10 Team on the Rise,” and advises the national award-winning Clarion at Bethel University, where he’s a professor. In four states, his students have won Best of Show competitions, Pacemakers and Hearst Awards. Winter has an unhealthy fascination with the band Sleater-Kinney. He eats red meat as a snack.

Doualy Xaykaothao

Doualy Xaykaothao is a Hmong-Texan, born in Laos and raised in Texas. She’s a correspondent for MPR News, covering identity politics, race and culture. She’s also a former foreign correspondent who chased news from Asia for National Public Radio. If you can’t pronounce her name, she also answers to Shadow of the Moon — that’s what her first name means.

Amanda Zamora

Amanda Zamora leads the Texas Tribune’s audience growth and engagement efforts. A native Texan, Zamora joined the Tribune in 2016 after spending 13 years on the East Coast working for news organizations including The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, The Washington Post and ProPublica. She got her start as a cub reporter at the Austin American-Statesman after graduating from the University of Texas. She strives to leverage her storytelling, digital and audience skills to create journalism that actively engages people in the issues that matter most to them.