Broadcast: State of the state (Sponsored by National Association of Broadcasters)

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Sandy Breland of Gray Television; Ellen Crooke of TEGNA Inc.; Mark Greenblatt of Scripps Washington Bureau; Kevin Keeshan of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations; Sean McLaughlin of The E.W. Scripps Company
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Sonoran G
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

**Moderated by Mark Greenblatt, Scripps Washington Bureau

“State of the State” is a first-of-its-kind, can’t-miss panel that gathers senior executives from four of the nation’s top broadcasting and digital news companies to discuss the current and future state of investigative reporting in America. You will get a chance to hear what makes their companies unique with respect to investigative reporting. There will be plenty of time for a moderated Q&A and audience questions. 

Speaker Bios

  • Sandy Breland is a Senior Vice President with Gray Television with oversight of fourteen stations, Gray’s Washington Bureau, and the company’s National Investigative Unit. Breland was key in developing InvestigateTV, an innovative OTT app that delivers high-quality, impactful journalism on demand.   She has received some of the industry’s highest honors including a Peabody, Dupont, and National Murrow, for her planning and execution of Hurricane Katrina coverage.

  • Ellen Crooke is the VP of News for TEGNA. She was VP of News for WXIA in Atlanta, WGRZ in Buffalo and News Director for WNDU in South Bend and Assistant News Director for WHAS in Louisville.  Ellen was named 2016’s TEGNA Corporate Staffer of the year and Gannett’s Innovator of the Year in 2009. She is the recipient of four National Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple South East Emmy Awards including Best Overall News Operation. @ellencrooke

  • Mark Greenblatt is a 3-time Peabody award winner who’s work has led to widespread reforms, new local and federal laws and the federal indictment of a former V.A. chief. His work has earned the I.R.E. Medal, duPont-Columbia, Livingston, national Emmy for investigative, national Murrow and he has twice been named a finalist for Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize. Mark is a proud father and husband, brews his own beer, and he is the Fund For Investigative Journalism’s Treasurer.

  • Kevin Keeshan is Senior Vice President for News Content and Standards for the NBC Universal Owned Television Stations.  He has editorial oversight for all consumer and investigative units across the 11 NBC Owned Stations and New England Cable News.  Prior to joining NBC, Kevin was VP of News for KGO-TV.  He has been an IRE member for over 30-years and says he would  not be where he is today without the training and inspiration provided by the organization.  @Newsbro

  • Sean has been the VP, News at the EW Scripps since 2014. He coordinates local strategies for 33 local stations, ensures newsroom compliance with Scripps' journalistic mission and works to modernize newsroom content and workflow to match up with changing consumer habits. Prior to working for Scripps, Sean was a News Director for nearly 20 years in St Louis, Tulsa and Springfield, Illinois.

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