The News Conference: Real & Powerful 2023

ONLINE BEGINNING JAN. 9

An exclusive gathering featuring the best in news engaging in open dialogue with you, the news consumer. That's Real & Powerful. 

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, Jan. 9: NATIONAL NEWS

11 a.m. – NATIONAL NEWS FORECAST

12 noon – IN THE NEWS: GUNS IN AMERICA

Tuesday, Jan. 10: REGIONAL NEWS

10 a.m. – NEW YORK NEWS FORECAST

11 a.m. – BUSINESS & ECONOMIC NEWS FORECAST

Wednesday, Jan. 11: HYPERLOCAL NEWS

9 a.m. – IN THE NEWS: A LOOK BACK AT LONG ISLAND’S BIGGEST STORIES

10 a.m. – LONG ISLAND NEWS FORECAST

PLUS: FMC Fast Chat with America's Foremost Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley

From grading the president to grading the news media’s coverage of the White House and politics, we’ll take a quick spin through history to find out if there’s anything that can help us understand what George Santos has done to American politics. All this and more as part of our annual sit-down with the bestselling author, professor of history at Rice University, and presidential historian for CNN.  

Date/Time TBA. As always, we take your questions.

Program
Monday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m. - National News Forecast

Expect nothing less than a wild ride through the nation’s capital with this distinguished group of political insiders. Smart, savvy and witty, they pull back the curtain on D.C.’s wheeling and dealing — no matter what side of the aisle it’s happening on. No topic is off limits — and they take your questions, too. (Use the Q&A box during the event.) Find out who and what they’re keeping tabs on and, in the process, gain a better understanding of how news decisions are made. They’ve been Real & Powerful notables since 2021.

Former host of "Capitol Tonight," Benjamin has over 20 years of journalism experience covering New York State government & policy. She is now Managing Director, Marathon Strategies.
Liz Benjamin
MODERATOR
As Washington Bureau Chief for Newsday, Brune covers the White House, Congress, Supreme Court & federal government for decads. He is noted for his explanatory journalism & data projects.
Tom Brune
NEWSDAY
George is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist & member of the editorial board covering government & public policy. He's also served on editorial boards for New York Daily News & New York Post.
Robert A. George
BLOOMBERG
As Deputy Editor at Insider, Levinthal oversees political investigations & enterprise reporting. Based in Washington, D.C., he writes on politics, policy & power. Former Editor-at-Large, Center for Public Integrity.
Dave Levinthal
INSIDER
Monday, Jan. 9, 12 Noon - At Issue: Media Coverage of Gun Violence in America

We go beyond the “thoughts and prayers” soundbite to discuss how the news media is covering gun violence in America today.  Expert speakers offer insight and first-hand accounts. Most importantly, they answer your questions (use the Q&A box during the event) as they tackle the issue in real-time to address why gun violence is on a northward trajectory in this country, and what communities are doing to counter it. 

Lead reporter for The Guardian's "Guns & Lies in America" series, Clayton specializes in covering community-based gun violence. She is also covers the topic for CNN and other news outlets.
Abene Clayton
THE GUARDIAN
Molloy has covered gun violence since high school, earning bylines & acclaim from national news outlets. When the college student's classroom went into lockdown, she covered it in first person detail.
Mary Claire Molloy
INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Executive Sponsor of Northwell Center for Gun Violence Prevention, Jose Price, MD, FACS, FAAP is also Vice Chair of Surgery & System Chief, Pediatric Surgery & Acute Care Surgery at Northwell.
Dr. Jose Prince
NORTHWELL CENTER FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
President & CEO of Family and Children’s Association (FCA), one of Long Island’s largest health and human services organizations, Reynolds has distinguished himself as a strong advocate & committed public health professional. He is a member of the Fair Media Council.
Jeffrey L. Reynolds, Ph.D.
MODERATOR
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 10 a.m. - New York News Forecast

Oh, New York. When it comes to news and politics, you are the gift that just keeps on giving. December alone was one for the books, who can guess what will happen next? These folks, that’s who. Get the scoop on what’s happening in Albany, New York and Long Island before you hear it in the news. Ask your own questions (use the Q&A box during the event).  Find out who and what they’re keeping tabs on — and why it’s important to you. 

Chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), Scheld has a lifetime of experience in news: about 20 as a reporter, and about 20 more as News & Programming Director of WCBS Newsradio 880, from which he recently retired.
WCBS Newsradio's Tim Scheld
Tim Scheld
MODERATOR
The Post's city hall bureau chief, Hogan covers city politics after serving as Albany bureau chief, where she covered the state legislature & broke major stories about then- Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Bernadette Hogan
NEW YORK POST
A senior reporter for The City, Honan previously covered City Hall for The Wall Street Journal & neighborhoods in Queens for DNAinfo.com. She also worked as social media editor at NBC New York.
Katie Honan
THE CITY
Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, Miringoff is former President of the National Council of Public Polls (NCPP) & is a trustee of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.
Dr. Lee Miringoff
MARIST COLLEGE
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m. - Business & Economic News Forecast

Get an insider’s view of what will make business and economic news headlines in 2023, as well as how and why the coverage would differ at each of these news outlets. Expect a great conversation to help business and community leaders from Main Street to Wall Street put the news into perspective. They’ll even answer your questions (use the Q&A box during the event) and perhaps entertain a story pitch. 

Editor & Associate Publisher at Long Island Business News & Editor at The Journal Record, Oklahoma City, Dowd has more than 30 years of experience in reporting & managing local news.
Joe Dowd
LI BUSINESS NEWS
Assistant Managing Editor for business at Newsday, Corvini has worked on the business staff for 11 years. Before Newsday, she was a reporter & editor at Akron Beacon Journal, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Macon Telegraph, Tampa Tribune & Columbia (South Carolina) State.
Margaret Corvini
NEWSDAY
Senior Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal, Simon covers small business & entrepreneurship. She previously covered consumer lending, housing & mortgages.
Ruth Simon
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
President of Epoch 5, Heaviside is an expert communicator and strategist. She is distinguished for her leadership acumen and style, and is consistently named one of Long Island's most influential business leaders. She is an active member of the Fair Media Council.
Katherine Heaviside
MODERATOR
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m. - A Look Back: Long Island's Big Stories

They’ve spent their careers covering Long Island, now they have the chance to talk about it: The biggest stories they covered to the ones that touched them the most, this panel discussion will take you behind the scenes to illustrate how the news that happened turned into headlines you know so well. They’ll take your questions (Use the Q&A box during the event).

TV News Photojournalist & Editor, DelGiudice has worked at WNBC New York since 2006. Before that, he worked for News 12 Long Island for almost 20 years. Among his notable works: the Emmy-winning documentary, “Long Island’s Lighthouses,” narrated by Dick Cavett.
Michael DelGiudice
NBC 4 NEW YORK
Lambert, now retired, worked at The New York Times for 22 years (where he was the first full-time reporter covering AIDS), Newsday for 17 years, & Rochester Democrat & Chronicle for 5 years. He was also a union leader at all three papers. He is a member of the Fair Media Council Advisory Board.
Bruce Lambert
THE NEW YORK TIMES
As a Long Island-based reporter for WCBS, McLogan has covered some of the Island's biggest stories, including the Sept. 11 attacks, Superstorm Sandy, Gilgo Beach Murders, LIRR massacre, crash of TWA Flight 800, and the Hamptons' Pine Barrens fires.
Jennifer McLogan
CBS NEW YORK
Senior Director of News & Education for WSHU, Sheridan was a longtime radio reporter for 1010 WINS, covering everything from 9/11 & its aftermath to the Occupy Wall Street movement. He also reported for NBC News Radio & its flagship, WOR. His reports have aired on NPR, BBC, ABC, RTE & the CBC.
Terry Sheridan
WSHU PUBLIC RADIO
Global Leader, Business Improvement Solution at Protiviti, Wright has been with the business consulting firm for nearly 20 years. Very active in business and community circles, Wright is a member of the Fair Media Council Board of Directors.
Christopher Wright, Ph.D.
MODERATOR
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. - Long Island News Forecast

What does 2023 have in store for Long Island? Find out from this panel of hyperlocal news leaders who make the decisions on what you see and hear in the news, as well as what you don’t. Get a look at the stories they are watching from the Nassau/Queens border to the East End — and why it’s important for you to be in the know. Ask why they choose the stories they do (use the Q&A box during the event) and maybe even pitch your story.

Newly-named Editor at Newsday, Hudson has been at the daily for about 5 years, but has spent his life in news. He came to Long Island after working his way through Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Mississippi & Alabama as a reporter & editor.
Don Hudson
NEWSDAY
Vice President & General Manager of public media stations WLIW21 & WLIW-FM & Executive Producer of local productions at The WNET Group, Masciale is also Executive in Charge of ALL ARTS. She was previously Executive Editor of ABC's Good Morning America.
Diane Masciale
WLIW-FM/WLIW/WNET
Owner & Publisher of HuntingtonNow.com, Robinson has been working in journalism since she was 16 years old. She has worked as a copy editor & news editor for seven newspapers & is cofounder of the American Copy Editors Society.
Pam Robinson
HuntingtonNow.com
Vice President, Digital for Altice USA, Vaccaro oversees the digital platforms of the News 12 regional network. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at Hofstra University and a board member of the Press Club of Long Island.
Chris Vaccaro
NEWS 12
Founder & President of Strategic Planning Systems, Inc., "Mike D." is a nationally known pollster, general consultant and political strategist and has worked on races for all levels. He is a member of the Fair Media Council.
Mike Dawidziak embodies more than 25 years of political strategic planning expertise. - The Interview: Fair Media Council
Michael Dawidziak
STRATEGIC PLANNING SYSTEMS
Global Leader, Business Improvement Solution at Protiviti, Wright has been with the business consulting firm for nearly 20 years. Very active in business and community circles, Wright is a member of the Fair Media Council Board of Directors.
Christopher Wright, Ph.D.
MODERATOR

Updates in progress. Journalists scheduled to appear may be substituted due to breaking news. Check back soon for more!

ABOUT FAIR MEDIA COUNCIL’S THE NEWS CONFERENCE: REAL & POWERFUL This award-winning event for public service & activism brings together the best in news to take the public behind the scenes, with exclusive conversations and insider access. Gain a greater understanding of current events, as well as how news decisions are made — it’s all part of FMC’s mission to create a media-savvy society. This is a must-attend for business and community leaders, advocates, educators and students. Questions? Email info@fairmediacouncil.org

Communicator Award Winner for Public Service & Activism, Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts

Trusted Brands

Our Real & Powerful Sponsors

Get media savvy.

join now

Scroll to Top
Scroll to Top