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Throughout the month of January, the Fair Media Council hosted a who’s who in news to offer real-time perspectives on the biggest issues of 2022.  Fireside chats with America’s foremost presidential historian and frequent CNN commentator Douglas Brinkley, along with Laurie Garrett, best-selling author of The Coming Plague, offered exclusive insights on President Joe Biden’s first year in office, and the coronavirus pandemic, respectively.  Four notable panel discussions then provided viewers the chance to gain a better understanding of national, New York State and local Long Island news issues.  


Watch the National News Forecast 2022. 

This is a fast-moving, fun, and informative conversation that takes you behind the scenes in news. Expertly moderated by Liz Benjamin with an all-star lineup that calls it as they see it: Newsday Washington Bureau Chief Tom Brune, Bloomberg Editorial Opinion Writer Robert George, and Insider Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Dave Levinthal. 


Watch the Inside New York Politics session. 

They name names. From Adams to Zimmerman and all the players in-between — including Hochul, Suozzi, Blakeman, Cuomo, and The Other Cuomo — this is a no-holds-barred conversation that brings together some of the best in the business for an insider chat unlike any other. 

Masterfully moderated by Julian Phillips and featuring Harry Siegel, Senior Editor, The Daily Beast; Columnist, New York Daily News and podcast cohost, FAQ NYC; Tim Scheld, News & Programming Director, WCBS Newsradio; Michael Dawidziak, political pollster and Founder & President, Strategic Planning Systems, Inc.; and Yancey Roy, Albany Bureau Chief, Newsday.


Watch Long Island Hyperlocal News Forecast 2022.

Get an inside look at what it’s really like to cover local news for the nearly 3 million people living on Long Island, New York. This panel discussion not only examines what topics and issues the news media will be covering throughout 2022 but also tells of the challenges they face on a daily basis. 

The panel features four key players: Long Island’s two mainstream news outlets: Newsday and Altice-owned News 12, along with the Island’s business publication, Long Island Business News, and the startup, digital-only news outlet, HuntingtonNow.com. 

Moderated by Protiviti’s Chris Wright, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fair Media Council, the panelists are Joe Dowd, Editor & Associate Publisher, Long Island Business News (LIBN); Don Hudson, Managing Editor, Newsday; Pam Robinson, Editor & Publisher, HuntingtonNow.com and Chris Vaccaro, Vice President of Digital News for Altice USA.


Watch Local News Roundtable.

The final session of the Fair Media Council’s The News Conference: Real & Powerful 2022 is an informal local news roundtable, with Long Island media representing television, radio, print, and online news discussing what they’re working on, what they look for in a story, and much more. 

Moderated by Protiviti’s Chris Wright, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fair Media Council, the panelists are Pei-Sze Cheng, Reporter, NBC New York; Cecilia Dowd, Reporter, Newsday; Terry Sheridan, News Director, WSHU Public Radio and David Winzelberg, Reporter, Long Island Business News.


America’s foremost presidential historian Douglas Brinkley grades Biden’s first year, offers up some advice for the Cabinet, and tells us how he really feels about The 1619 Project from The New York Times.



Acclaimed journalist Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague, provides historical context to the COVID-19 pandemic, explains how government response has varied between countries, and how the United States has handled the situation.

About the News Conference

The News Conference: Real & Powerful brings together the best in journalism to take the public behind the scenes in news today, with exclusive conversations and insider access. Gain a greater understanding of current events and how news decisions are made — it’s all part of FMC’s mission to create a media-savvy society so you can navigate today’s complicated media landscape with ease.This is a must-attend for news junkies, influencers, leaders, advocates, academics, spokespeople, marketing, public relations and branding experts, journalists and students. 

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