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Is the Future Bright? Alumni Journalists on the Front Line
Sunday, March 21 at 7 p.m. 
Dayo Abah, Chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, will moderate a concluding panel discussion with a new generation of alumni news media professionals. Together they'll review several of the issues arising from our previous sessions, drawing upon their experience within their respective specialties. They'll also look toward the future of the news media as communication platforms proliferate in supplying information vital to our American democracy. Panelists include Adam Cancryn '10, reporter for Politico; Kinsey Grant '17, business editor and podcast host at Morning Brew; and Ted Williams '07, Founder and CEO of The Charlotte Agenda.
This session is a Zoom webinar. You will receive a link to join the webinar after registering. We are asking that you submit questions beforehand through the registration page.
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Adedayo 'Dayo' Abah
Adedayo 'Dayo' Abah is a professor in the department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Washington and Lee. She teaches courses in media law, media and society, crisis communication, and global communication. She earned a Ph.D. from University of South Carolina and a master's degree each from Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University in Texas. Prior to, and during graduate school, she was an assistant director for Urban Journalism Workshop at Texas Christian University (Funded by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund), a staff writer for a general interest national magazine in Nigeria, and an editorial staff for Methodist News, the national magazine for Methodist Church Nigeria. She also worked in public relations and advertising for Kenbos Associates in Nigeria. She is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and commentaries.
Adam Cancryn ’10
Adam Cancryn is a reporter for POLITICO, where he covers the pandemic response and the broader Biden health agenda. He's also the author of POLITICO Pulse, the must-read morning briefing on health care politics and policy.
Prior to joining POLITICO in 2016, Adam was a senior reporter for S&P Global Market Intelligence, covering the intersection of money, politics and regulation across the financial services and insurance industries. He's also written for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, and got his start at the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Kinsey Grant ’17
Kinsey Grant is a business news reporter, media personality, and entrepreneur based in New York City. She's currently building a business- and finance-focused multimedia company (with plans to formally launch this spring) as cofounder and chief content officer.
Most recently, Kinsey hosted Business Casual, the first audio franchise from media startup Morning Brew. Business Casual, which consists of a twice-weekly podcast, opinion column, and strong social presence, aims to answer its listeners' biggest questions with business's biggest names. As the show's host, Kinsey crafted the franchise's editorial direction and interviewed 140+ entrepreneurs, political candidates, and professors...from Mark Cuban to Meg Whitman and Arianna Huffington to Andrew Yang.
In addition to her role as host of Business Casual, Kinsey's nearly 3 years at Morning Brew included time as a newsletter writer, editor, and events host. She got her start in the business news world covering breaking news and producing medium-form video content for The Street.
Ted Williams ’07
Ted Williams is the General Manager of Axios Local, a new initiative to help local communities get smarter, faster on news that matters in their city. Axios recently acquired Charlotte Agenda, a modern local media company that Ted founded in 2015. Previously, Ted held digital media leadership roles at The Charlotte Observer, BooneOakley, LendingTree, InternshipKing (acquired), and HealthCentral (acquired).
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