Beyond the Headlines Superior

Communicating in a News Desert:Superior Public Forum

Mar 27, 2019
6:30 pm

Barker's Island Inn Resort & Conference Center
300 Marina Dr
Superior, WI

More details and speakers to come!

Join us at a  community forum to explore the impact of the changing landscape of news media on Superior and Douglas County. Experts in issues of news deserts and their impacts on local economy, community engagement and democracy, as well as the viability of local news will give us the big picture. This will be followed by a discussion of the results of community focus groups and surveys about how people who live and/or work in Douglas County find out what they need to know to be informed in their civic and community life.

Greg Grell

Moderator; Producer
WDSE/WRPT Public Television

Greg Grell is the producer of Almanac North on WDSE WRPT Public TV, a weekly news discussion program now in its 27th season on the air.  Grell is also the host/producer of Minnesota Legislative Report, the region’s longest-running television program featuring live interviews with lawmakers during the Minnesota legislative session. 


Lewis A. Friedland

School of Journalism & Mass Communication, UW-Madison

Lewis A. Friedland is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is affiliated with the Departments of Sociology and Educational Psychology and directs the Center for Communication and Democracy. He conducts research on the public sphere and civil society, changing communication ecologies, and networks.


Andy Hall

Executive Director and Co-Founder
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Andy Hall, a co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and a former Investigative Reporters and Editors board member, won dozens of awards for his reporting in 26 years at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Arizona Republic. Since the Center’s launch in 2009, he has overseen the Center’s journalistic and financial operations. Hall began his career in 1982 as a copyboy at The New York Times.


Jesse Holcomb

Asssistant Professor of Journalism and Communication
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Jesse Holcomb's current work focuses on trust, media and democracy (in collaboration with the Knight Foundation), nonprofit journalism (with the Institute for Nonprofit News), and local news ecosystems (with Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Media). 

Previously, Holcomb was associate director of research at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. For 10 years at the Center, he helped design and execute a broad research agenda around journalism, technology and civic life.


Erinn Whitaker

Senior Researcher
Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Erinn Whitaker, a former senior analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and US State Department, is a senior researcher at the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A policy analyst with nearly 15 years of experience, she now specializes in how US “news deserts” are eroding key democratic institutions. This topic builds on Whitaker’s previous expertise in Russian domestic politics, where she scrutinized areas such as the Kremlin-controlled media environment.


Janet Bewley

25th District

State Senator Janet Bewley Represents Wisconsin’s 25th Senate District. Bewley was re-elected to the Senate in the fall of 2018 and served two terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Prior to her first election in the fall of 2010, she served on the Ashland City Council for two years.  Born in 1951 in Cleveland, Bewley was the first member of her family to graduate from college.  After a few years working in the ocean freight business, she went on to graduate school and earned a Master's in Academic Administration from the University of Maine in 1977.  And then she moved to Northern Wisconsin and found her home.


Kevin Jacobsen

News Director
KBJR 6 & CBS 3 Duluth

Kevin Jacobsen, an Emmy-Award winning journalist, is the news director for KBJR 6 & CBS 3.

Jacobsen arrived in Duluth in November 2008. He anchored the news on CBS 3 (then KDLH) until moving over to anchor the KBJR 6 News at 6 and 10. In June 2015 he stepped behind the scenes as assistant news director. He was promoted to news director in August 2017. 


Danielle Kaeding

Reporter, Superior Bureau
Wisconsin Public Radio

Danielle Kaeding is a reporter at the Superior Bureau of Wisconsin Public Radio.

Prior to that, Kaeding served as the station manager of WRNC-LPFM (97.7) at Northland College in Ashland. Kaeding studied mass communications at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She has written and reported stories for print and broadcast media, including National Public Radio, National Native News, Aspen Daily News, Business North, Ashland Daily Press, Superior Telegram and KQDS-TV.


Bruce Thompson

Community Bank President
National Bank of Commerce

Bruce Thompson is Community Bank President, with 36 years of experience, at National Bank of Commerce in Superior. He earned a BBA from the University of MN-Duluth, a UW-Madison/Central States Conference of Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking Degree, and an Executive Program Certificate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Katie Rohman

Regional Editor
Duluth Media Group

Katie Rohman is the regional editor at Duluth Media Group. She oversees the Superior Telegram as well as two papers in Carlton and Lake counties in Minnesota. Prior to arriving in the Twin Ports in 2017, she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for small weeklies and dailies in Minnesota, Nebraska, Michigan and North Dakota. Rohman graduated with a mass communications degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. 


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We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.