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1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Newsmaker Plenary

Breaking News Moment 
Allan C. Golston, President of the United States Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Black, White, Red and Blue: Views from the African American Electorate in the Battleground States 

As the presidential campaign kicks into high gear ahead of the summer’s political conventions, we’ll explore the issues which are at the forefront for African-American voters. This panel of journalists and political analysts will assess the opinions of African Americans on the economy, education, health care, and other key issues this election cycle.

TJ Holmes, Host, BET

Toure, Commentator, MSNBC, Fuse 
Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science, Emory University 
Cornell Belcher, Pollster, Brilliant Corners 
Sonya Ross, The Associated Press, Editor

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Newsmaker Plenary
Reflections from the C-Suite: A Conversation with the Nation’s Top Media Executives 
The number of African-American journalists declined for the fourth consecutive year, according to the latest newsroom census released this past spring by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Center for Advanced Social Research (CASR). Newsroom diversity is just one priority news leaders must address, as they work to innovative ways to cover news. Join a group of the nation’s top media executives for a wide ranging discussion on the future of America’s newsrooms.

Carole Simpson, Former Anchor, ABC News, Professor and Leader-In-Residence, Emerson College

John Skipper, President, ESPN 
Phil Griffin, President, MSNBC 
Gracia C. Martore, President & CEO, Gannett
Margaret Low Smith, Sr. Vice President, NPR

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