Beyond the Headlines Wausau

Building Trust: The Impact of Race

Oct 3, 2018
7:00 pm

E101/E102 Northcentral Technical College
1000 W Campus Dr
Wausau, WI

How do news headlines, pictures and language that identifies race, ethnicity or religion affect how we understand the news and the people in the news? What is the responsibility of media and law enforcement in reporting incidents that involve minority populations? Join us in a facilitated community conversation that brings together news media, law enforcement and the public to talk about the impact of media coverage of incidents involving minority populations, including undocumented residents. How does this coverage affect public perceptions of policing? How does it affect public perceptions of minorities?

Ben Bliven

Ben Bliven

Chief of Police
Wausau Police Department

Ben Bliven is Chief of the Wausau Police Department.

Chris Conley

Chris Conley

Operations Manager

Chris Conley joined WSAU in 2004 as News Director and morning news anchor, became Brand Manager, and then in 2009 was named Operations Manager for the Midwest Communications broadcast group in Central Wisconsin. 

Mark Treinen

Mark Treinen

News Director, Central Wisconsin
Watchdog Team Leader, USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin

Mark Treinen is the top editor for the Wausau Daily Herald as well as daily newspapers in Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids. In addition, he leads a team of 20 journalists on a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin watchdog and investigations team. 

Yauo Yang

Yauo Yang

Hmong Liaison, D.C. Everest School District
Pastor, The Cross

Yauo Yang is the Hmong Liaison for D.C. Everest School District and is the Pastor for The Cross.  His service to the community has included the Healthy Marathon Council, the Housing and Homelessness Coalition, the Joseph Project, jail ministry, Hmong Language and Camp.


What is Beyond the Headlines?

“Beyond the Headlines” brings Wisconsinites together for discussions that explore journalism’s crucial role in enabling productive citizen engagement in American democracy.

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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.