Joining us for the 2017 National Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, on May 17-18? Read through the biographies below to get to know the speakers before you come. To find out more about the conference and sessions click here.

Katie1Katie Hawkins-Gaar
Digital Innovation Faculty, The Poynter Institute
Katie Hawkins-Gaar is digital innovation faculty at The Poynter Institute, where she teaches journalists, stays on top of industry trends, and geeks out about newsrooms testing out new and exciting ideas. She is on a quest to prove that newsrooms don’t have to be unhappy places.
Hawkins-Gaar runs Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and is one half of the duo behind 40 Better Hours, a project to improve newsroom culture. Prior to Poynter, she was the editor of CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community. A leading expert in user-generated content, Hawkins-Gaar was responsible for the site’s editorial and social strategy, setting verification standards and leading a team of producers based in Atlanta and London.

She publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, The Cohort, dedicated to women kicking ass in digital media. Outside of work, she’s perfecting a mean shuffleboard game.

PI-RPC-2015-HeadshotRoy Peter Clark
Senior Scholar Emeritus, The Poynter Institute
Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at the Poynter Institute since 1979. In more than three decades he has served the institute as dean, vice president, senior scholar, and member of the Board of Trustees. Clark has written or edited 18 books on writing and journalism, the most popular and influential being Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer. Podcasts of the book have been downloaded more than two million times.

The New York Times Book Review praised Clark’s book The Glamour of Grammar as “a manual for the 21st century.” His most recent work includes the book Help! For Writers, for which there is a mobile application, and How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times. His latest, The Art of X-ray Reading was published in January 2016.

Born in New York City in 1948, Clark attended Catholic schools through his graduation from Providence College in 1970. He earned a Ph.D. in English from Stony Brook University. He began his teaching career in Montgomery, Ala., where he became interested in journalism. He was hired in 1977 by the St. Petersburg Times as one of America’s first writing coaches. He is the founding director of the National Writers Workshops. His work has been featured by NPR, “Today,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He was selected as a distinguished service member of the American Society of News Editors, and was inducted into the Features Hall of Fame. He has received an honorary degree from Goucher College and served as a writer-in-residence at Vassar College.

Clark has played in rock bands since high school and often uses music to illustrate strategies of reading and writing.

To be announced:

Moderated by Azbee Award Chair and former ASBPE President Amy Fishbach, hear from the 2016 winners of:

  • Magazine of the Year
  • Website of the Year
  • Newsletter of the Year
  • Cross-Platform Package of the Year