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Essay Collection
Essays on The Future of Local News Reporting

Authors: Local Newspapers


NEWS JOURNAL: John Sweeney
John Sweeney is the editor of the New Journal's editorial pages. He has previously served as the paper's public editor and local news editor, and is the co-author of "The Journalist's Craft."

EL TIEMPO HISPANO: Gabriel Pilonieta Blanco, Editor
Gabriel Pilonieta Blanco is the Editor of El Tiempo Hispano, Delaware's only bi-lingual print and online newspaper. El Tiempo Hispano reports on social, educational, political and cultural issues relevant to Delaware's Hispanic community but important to non-Hispanic Delawareans as well.

Authors: Local Commercial Radio

WDEL: Allan Loudell
Allan Loudell , V.P., Delaware Press Association, is a news anchor--interviewer at 1150 A.M. WDEL Radio, heard 12 Noon--1 p.m. & 4--6 p.m. He marks 40 years on-the-air.

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Authors: Local Broadcasting

WHYY: Chris Satullo
Chris Satullo is WHYY's Executive Director of News and Civic Dialog. He is the former editorial page editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and is the founder and director of the Inquirer's Citizen Voices program, an effort to engage readers in deeper political dialogue.

Authors: Local Media Lawyer

Finger, Slanina & Liebesman: David Finger
David Finger is a partner in Finger, Slanina & Liebesman. He has represented news media, reporters, and other individuals in defamation, freedom of information and related First Amendment and media law disputes.

Authors: Local Politician

Delaware House of Representatives: Greg Lavelle
Greg Lavelle is in his fifth term representing the 11th District in the Delaware House of Representatives. He is a member of the following committees: Economic Development; Banking, Insurance and Commerce; Housing and Community Affairs; Revenue and Finance; and Manufactured Housing.

Authors: Academic Perspective

University of Delaware: Ralph Begleiter
Ralph Begleiter is Rosenberg Professor of Communication and Distinguished Journalist in Residence at the University of Delaware. He has more than 30 years of broadcast journalism experience including two decades as CNN's "World Affairs Correspondent."

Widener University School of Law: Tonya Evans
Tonya M. Evans is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Harrisburg Campus of Widener University School of Law. She is the author of an award-winning series of legal reference guides for writers and publishing industry professionals.

University of Illinois: Robert McChesney
Robert McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the President and co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization, and hosts the "Media Matters" weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on WILL-AM radio.

University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication: Joseph Turow
Joseph Turow is the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. He has authored eight books, edited five books, and written more than 100 articles on mass media industries.