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

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Mark Greenblatt of Scripps Washington Bureau; Ellen Crooke of TEGNA Inc.; Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media; Karen Rundlet of Knight Foundation
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 10:15am
  • Location: Crystal C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

**Moderated by Mark Greenblatt

On this panel, top executives gather for a rare and candid discussion about where investigative reporting is headed next. Hear from a CEO of a major station group as he talks about the need to invest in and support investigative content. He'll also field questions about the realities of our industry's changing business model and talk about the opportunities he sees for long-form content in a digital world. A senior executive at another major station group will explain her company's focus on innovation surrounding investigations while highlighting examples of experimentation with data storytelling. And the director of journalism for a major non-profit foundation addresses the new evidence and data now emerging that speaks to the increasing importance and influence local TV stations play in their communities while using that data to talk about where companies and non-profits should be investing next. 

Speaker Bios

  • 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.

  • Pat LaPlatney is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Raycom Media. He joined the company in 2007 for the second time. He was previously EVP at Raycom Sports, overseeing distribution, programming, the events group, and business development. Pat is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Accounting. He and his wife, Karen, have four sons: Jack, Dan, Sam and Chris, and reside in Montgomery, Alabama. 

  • Karen Rundlet is a Journalism Director at Knight Foundation. A former journalist, Rundlet launched the Miami Herald's first video studio & led digital video initiatives. She also reported for public radio news collaborative, WLRN/Miami Herald News. Rundlet spent her early career working as a news producer in Miami, Atlanta & New York. She produced long-form programs, special projects & live newscasts. She earned a B.A. from Georgetown University. 

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