Career Summit Speakers & Presenters

Chris Barr (@chrisbarr)
Senior Editorial Director

Chris joined Yahoo! in 2007 and serves as the senior editorial director in Sunnyvale, Calif. Chris and his team set the global editorial standards for Yahoo!, conduct editorial training, and create original content. Chris is the lead editor of “The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World“. The guide is available in print and digital versions, such as those for iPad and Kindle. Chris became the founding editor in chief of CNET in 1995, and his editorial career spans 20 years.

Tom Contiliano
Deputy Chief of Staff
Bloomberg News

Tom Contiliano reports directly to the editor-in-chief on financial and operational matters for Bloomberg News. He has previously been featured as a member of a four-person “brain trust”, which functions as an advisory board for the editor-in-chief. He speaks internally and externally on global accounting topics, has appeared regularly on Bloomberg Television, and serves as a daily resource on financial reporting matters worldwide. Prior to joining Bloomberg in 1999, he worked for Coopers & Lybrand–and its successor PricewaterhouseCoopers–in the firm’s forensic accounting and audit practices. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Virginia, where he has also taught accounting for one year at the McIntire School of Commerce. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New Jersey.

Theresa Crushshon

Theresa Crushshon is the founder of a digital magazine dedicated to the promotion and preservation of jazz music and culture. Crushshon is the author of Malcolm X, a children’s book published by Child’s World Press. As a freelance writer her work, over the past fifteen years, has appeared in UpScale Magazine, Essence Magazine, New Orleans Tribune, Louisiana Weekly, MN Spokesman Recorder,, and “The Internet has opened up a network of social media opportunities, which equates to providing a positive platform. I am deeply interested in the business of news and reporting what is happening in the jazz community. I blog. I text. I tweet and I hustle!”

Drew Curtis (@drewcurtis)
Founder / CEO, Inc.

As Editor-In-Chief of, the internet’s oldest and most respected news aggregator, Drew has seen literally every story worth reporting the past eleven years hit his desk. There’s nothing that goes out into the world that he isn’t aware of – and usually first, as sources within every single news organization have cited Fark as a resource for breaking, relevant news. His analysis of media trends, It’s Not News It’s Fark, has seen top spots on major bestsellers lists and has been cited by analysts, college professors and hordes of internet commenters for its dead-on exposure of major media trends. Drew is currently working on his second book of media analysis, this time on the impact of Nutjobs on Social Media.

Karen Danziger
Managing Partner
The Howard-Sloan-Koller Group

Karen is a Managing Partner of The Howard-Sloan-Koller Group and directs the firm’s recruitment in the areas of cross-platform content and creative direction, as well as public relations and corporate communications. She leads business development and execution of searches for senior-level content, creative and communications talent across all media platforms, while also participating in marketing and general management searches. Prior to entering the search business, Karen was a content leader in B2B and Association publishing. She was the launch Editor-in-Chief of Software Business for CMP Media. Previously, she was an Editorial Director at the American Bar Association in Chicago where she oversaw three magazines for attorneys. Karen has a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Michigan and is a member of the Online News Association, the Custom Publishing Council, Women in Communications, and a past member of Society of National Association Publications.

Beth Davidz (@bethdavidz)
Senior Developer

Beth Davidz is a journalist, designer and developer with ten years of experience in media at organizations including AOL and the Associated Press. Her specialization is data-driven interactives. From election maps with live results to in-depth stories with interactive graphics and video, she’s covered a wide-array of topics working alongside reporters, editors and other journalists in the newsroom. Her interactive work at the AP has won a Malofiej, a Webby, and awards from the White House News Photographers Association and the Associated Press Managing Editors. Currently she’s a senior developer at AOL in New York. Beth received a Masters’ from Northwestern University’s Medill School. As part of the program, she worked at, the International Herald Tribune and was a fellow for the Carnegie-Knight’s News 21 program. She worked at AOL in Ohio for five years as a designer and graduated from The Ohio State University.

Julie Hartenstein
Associate Director, Career Services
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Julie Hartenstein has been working and teaching broadcast journalism at Columbia J-school for the past ten years. In 2006, she joined the Career Services team, where she advises students and alumni in the broadcast and digital media concentrations. Prior to coming to Columbia, she spent 20 years in television at ABC Network News in a variety of editorial and production positions. Joining ABC in 1980 on the original staff of “Nightline”, she moved on to be a producer on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in 1990, worked on 20/20 and GMA, helped develop correspondent talent and has served as a freelance program consultant on various projects.

Elaine Heinzman (@ElenaTheRican)
Assistant Producer, Weekend Edition

Elaine Heinzman has been doing some form of journalism since she was 12 years old. She’s contributed to Time Out New York, Paper, Maxim, and just about every teen magazine in existence, including some that have folded. She’s now at NPR’s Weekend Edition, where she’s produced stories about the 2010 SXSW Interactive festival and disgruntled Republican voters in southeastern Virginia just before the 2006 midterm elections, among other stories. As a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, she’s taught college students how to make radio for the UNITY Journalists of Color conventions since 2007 and for the CBI National College Media Convention in 2005 and 2006.

Alli Joseph (@AlliJoseph)
Founder & President
Seventh Generation Stories

Alli brings to Seventh Generation Stories her 15-year background as a reporter, producer, writer, published author and documentary filmmaker. She developed her journalism, branding and marketing skills over as many years’ time working for large media companies like Scripps (Food Network), NBC Universal, Grey Advertising Worldwide, Newscorp, Viacom (VH1 and CBS News), Cablevision, WB,, AOL, Time Inc., and Hachette Filipacchi. She is co-author of “The Shaolin Way: Ten Modern Secrets of Survival from a Shaolin Grandmaster”, published by Harper Collins. Alli is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, and lives with her family in Southampton and New York City.

Rachel Kaufman (@rkaufman)

Rachel Kaufman is a writer and editor who’s been covering the media jobs scene since 2009, when she helped launch’s jobs blog, mediajobsdaily, as a freelance editor. In the past eighteen months, she helped grow the blog’s traffic til it became *the* go-to read for journalists, copywriters, designers, and PR pros hunting for work. Her freelance writing career has taken her inside Victorian-era “castles,” French patisseries, and a haunted train tunnel in Richmond, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, National Geographic News, and CNN/Money. Rachel grew up outside Minneapolis and received her B.A. in English and journalism from Adelphi University on Long Island, but finds her constitution (and temperament) far better agrees with DC’s swampy air.

Amy Mitchell (@asmitch)
Deputy Director
Pew Research Center’s PEJ

Deputy Director for the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Involved in all aspects of the PEJ, with a primary focus on designing, managing and writing the Project’s in-depth research reports. This includes the Annual Report on the State of the News Media, more specific studies such as coverage of various election cycles and of major news stories like the war in Iraq and the development of the New Media Index and earlier the News Coverage Index. Ms. Mitchell, who has been with the Project since its inception in 1997, speaks frequently to groups ranging from journalists of all types to press relation professionals to heads of various organizations on where journalism is heading. She also speaks on the various components of research conducted at the Project.

Doug Mitchell (@nextgenradio)
Career Coach

Doug is a recognized trainer and coach for young people and early career professionals in multimedia while guiding them through life and work. His former students now send him wedding invitations and birth announcements. Doug is a former Knight International Press Fellow and Fulbright Scholar to Chile and spent 21.5 years as a producer and director at NPR. Currently, he’s co-director of an innovative program funded by the Ford Foundation to develop minority journalists as media entrepreneurs. Also, he’s a graduate school adjunct instructor in radio and Chair of the NABJ Media Institute.

Christine Montgomery (@chrismontgomery)
Managing Editor, PBS Interactive

Christine Montgomery joined the Public Broadcasting Service in August 2009 as the organization’s first managing editor of Her role includes developing digital content strategies aimed at growing audiences, and serving the online needs of more than 350 PBS stations nationwide. From 2003 to July 2009, Christine led editorial, strategy and site development for the St. Petersburg Times’ digital properties. Under her leadership, the Times was recognized by numerous awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting given to the Times staff for, a website that tests the validity of political statements.

Marcia Parker
West Coast Editorial Director

Marcia Parker is a veteran journalist of old and new media. She’s now West Coast Editorial Director for, AOL’s hyperlocal news network. Parker taught at and was Assistant Dean at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School for several years, and then joined the non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting where she served as Launch Manager for California Watch, CIR’s statewide investigative reporting unit. Previously she did stints at AOL, where she was a Director of Programming for a new channel on the AOL service and was Assistant Managing Editor at Intuit’s, then the leading personal finance website. Parker has also done consulting on content strategy for Yahoo,, among others. Parker graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in journalism and earned a master’s degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. She also does media training overseas through a foundation she and two other journalism colleagues founded.

Eric Wee
President / Founder

Eric is the founder of, the largest career website for journalists of color. Prior to that, he was a staff writer at the Washington Post from 1993 until 2002. He has written for the Metro, Style and the Sunday Magazine sections of the paper and has written numerous front-page stories about the changing cultural shifts in American society. In 1999 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He’s also worked at the Oregonian newspaper in Portland, Ore., as a general assignment and crime reporter. He has also taught journalism at Georgetown University and at The University of Richmond. He was a Georgetown University Journalism Fellow and a frequent contributor to the Washington Post Magazine. He has degrees from both UCLA, where he played on the national championship varsity tennis team, and Oxford University. He once dreamed of being a professional tennis player.