This year the Alaska Press Club Conference, April 24 -26, will take place at the University of Alaska Anchorage and at Alaska Public Media. The conference theme is “Fair.” We’ll be posting updates on this page, previewing speakers and sessions. And when the conference starts, this will be your go to spot for schedules and information. APC_FAIR_logosmallSCHEDULE 2014

*Online membership sales closed Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. If you still need to purchase your membership, you may do so at the registration table at the conference. 

See the Schedule (PDF) See the Schedule (Web) See a map of conference events Purchase your banquet ticket Pay per session


Want to make next year’s conference even better? Take a couple seconds and fill out this survey so we know what worked and what didn’t.


Dori J. Maynard

dori  @djmaynard

Dori J. Maynard is the president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the oldest organization dedicated to helping the nation’s news media accurately, fairly and credibly portray all segments of our society. Prior to joining the Institute in 1994, Maynard spent a decade working as a reporter at the Bakersfield Californian, The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Mass. and the Detroit Free Press. In 2001, The Society of Professional Journalists named her a Fellow of the Society, in 2003, she was named one of the 10 Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area and in 2008 she received the Asian American Journalists Association’s Leadership in Diversity Award. Maynard’s writing has also appeared in the Oakland Tribune, The Huffington Post and Nieman Reports.

Sam Sifton

bwsifton  @SamSifton

Sam Sifton is a senior editor of The New York Times, responsible for the coverage of food and the launch of a new Times subscription news app devoted to cooking. He was previously the newspaper’s national editor, chief restaurant critic, and culture editor, and before that the editor of the Dining section. He contributes a monthly column on cooking to The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and is the author of “Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well.”


Chrys Wu


Chrys Wu, a journalist, strategist, coder and cook, works with businesses to deepen connection to people through community-building strategy, user-centric design and code. She is also global caretaker of Hacks/Hackers, which brings people together at the intersection of journalism, design and development; and a trustee emeritus of the Awesome Foundation. She is currently Developer Advocate for The New York Times, where she leads internal and public-facing projects that advance and highlight the technology made by New York Times Developers. Talk with her on Twitter at @MacDiva or contact her at

Jason DeRose

Jason_DeRose-gs   @jasonderose

Jason DeRose is the Western Bureau Chief for NPR News, based at NPR West in Culver City, CA. Earlier posts include supervising editor for NPR’s Economic Training Project, an editor on NPR’s news magazine “Day to Day,” as a reporter and producer at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., and as an editor, host, reporter and producer at public stations in Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis and Tampa.He has taught journalism ethics, radio reporting, multimedia storytelling and religion reporting at DePaul University in Chicago and at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s trained at previous press club conferences. He recently trained radio news staff in Uganda.

Sonari Glinton

sonariglinton_29     @Sonari

Sonari Glinton is a NPR Business Desk reporter based at NPR West in Culver City, CA. He covers consumer goods and behavior, marketing and advertising, and the auto industry. He recently returned from covering the Winter Olympics in Sochi.Glinton covered the 2012 presidential race, the U.S. Senate and House for NPR. He’s also worked as a producer for “All Things Considered.”He began his public radio career as an intern at member station WBEZ in Chicago. He went on to produce and report for WBEZ, where he focused on juvenile justice and the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Prior to journalism Glinton had a career in finance.


Benoit Denizet-Lewis

Benoit-gs  @benoitdlewis

Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a writer with The New York Times Magazine and an assistant professor of writing and publishing at Emerson College. Benoit began writing for the Times Magazine in 2001, when he was 26. In the years since, he has immersed himself inside the lives of fraternity brothers, openly gay middle-schoolers, men on the “Down Low,” young same-sex couples in Massachusetts, addicts trying to drink themselves to death, and gays trying to go straight. His stories have been among the most talked about and emailed in the magazine’s history.

Preston Gannaway

Preston Gannaway headshotAugust 2010 @PGannawayPhoto

Preston Gannaway is a Pulitzer Prize-winning independent documentary photographer. For more than 12 years, she has focused on intimate stories about American families and subcultures. She has worked as a staff photojournalist for a number of newspapers including The Virginian-Pilot, the Rocky Mountain News and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. Her story on the St. Pierre family, Remember Me, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.



Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant-gsc    @newsrimes4lines

Mark Trahant is the Atwood Journalism Chair at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Trahant was recently a Kaiser Media Fellow and is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Mark is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and a former president of the Native American Journalists Association. He is the author of The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars, about Henry Jackson, Forrest Gerard and the campaign for American Indian self-determination.


Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy on Eagle Summit, Yukon Quest Sled Dog race.Richard Murphy became photo editor of the Anchorage Daily News in 1985, and was on the team of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, and team leader for the 1990 Pulitzer nomination in news photography for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  In 2011 the National Press Photographer’s Association named him Editor of the Year. (Photo by Sam Harrel)




Armen Keteyian

Keteyian-gs   @ArmenKeteyian

Armen Keteyian has been CBS News’ chief investigative correspondent since 2006. Prior to that, he was a special features reporter for CBS Sports, a featured correspondent for HBO Sports’ “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”Keteyian is an eight-time Emmy Awards recipient, including three years running for his coverage of the Tour De France. He also is a published author, with several New York Times bestsellers to his name.


Chad Farrell

Chad Farrell-gsChad R. Farrell is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UAA. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Penn State University in 2005 and began working for UAA that same year. He teaches courses in demography, research methods, and urban sociology. His broad research focus is urban inequality and he has published work on racial segregation in housing and neighborhood change in journals such as American Sociological Review, Demography, and Social Science Research.





Conference Details


April 24 – 26, 2014 | Anchorage, Alaska

This year our Alaska Press Club Conference sessions will take place at the University of Alaska Anchorage and at Alaska Public Media. The conference theme is “Fair.” Become an Alaska Press Club member to receive entry to conference sessions.


Coming to the conference April 24-26?! You can stay at the SpringHill Suites at University Lake for a discounted rate. Alaska Press Club members can reserve their rooms at the University of Alaska Anchorage Springhill Suites for $99 a night, plus a 12-percent tax. To reserve your room, just dial 1-888-284-1887 and ask for the Alaska Press Club room block. Please make your reservations by April 4 to guarantee this rate.


Questions or concerns? Email


Help make the conference amazing. It takes many hands to put on a conference and there are a number of ways you can help out. Volunteers will receive a conference shirt or a ticket to the awards banquet depending on quantities available.


Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission • Atwood Foundation • GCI • Better Newspaper Contests • National Public Radio • Anchorage Daily News • KTUU • KTVA • The Alaska Community Foundation • Rasmuson Foundation • John S. and James L. Knight Foundaton • Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute • Alaska Teen Media Institute • Anchorage Press • PRSA • APTI • UAA Department of Journalism and Public Communications • Thompson & Co. • CoastAlaska Inc. • Bradley Reid + Associates



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