Journalism & Media

Jason Bellini is an award-winning journalist who reports on and produces multimedia stories for the Wall Street Journal. If you need a blast of passion for a profession, T4C has you covered with today’s Espresso Shots featuring the super straight-talking Jason who broke into the industry through one-man-banding journalism pieces out of a van to more recently, taking a team down to Brazil to shoot for his WSJ series “Moving Upstream.” Jason levels with Java Junkies and tells them that you’ve got to love the work if you want to be a journalist, because you’re going to live it. But don’t get scared off. He’s also found that being a journalist gives you the chance to meet and learn from some of the most interesting, powerful, or powerless people on the planet.  Jason’s experience before working at WSJ include jobs with CNN, NPR, CBS, MTV, Bloomberg TV, and more. He was also recognized as an outstanding LGBTQ journalist in 2006 by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association when he won the Journalist of the Year Award.
Eugenia Harvey has left an indelible mark on the world of news media as a veteran broadcast journalist on ABC News’ “PrimeTime Live”, BET, CNN and the Steve Harvey Show. Today Eugenia serves as the executive producer and project director of multi-platform initiatives at WNET, a public television station that operates in the New York metropolitan area. At WNET, Eugenia manages two public media initiative programs — Chasing the Dream, Poverty & Opportunity in America and Peril & Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change. Previously, Eugenia produced Race Matters: Solutions on PBS NewsHour with famed civil rights leader and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. After graduating from the University of Georgia as a Broadcast Journalism major and minor in Political Science and Spanish, Eugenia earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism at Columbia University. Press play to learn more about Eugenia’s advice around how to build a career in journalism.
Ben Wittes is the Editor-in-Chief and co-Founder of the Lawfare blog, an online publication dedicated to national security issues, published by the Lawfare Institute in cooperation with the Brookings Institution.  It was started in September 2010 by Wittes, a former editorial writer for the Washington Post, Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith and University of Texas at Austin law professor Robert Chesney.  What started out as a fun little project in 2010, quickly turned into a massive news source for those interested in national security law. In 2017 alone the site had 15 million page views.  If you have ever wanted to be a journalist this is the Espresso Shots episode for you. Brew up a flight of different espresso blends, because you need to be energized for today’s amazing episode. Ben Wittes has been a journalist for more than 2 decades and, despite never going to law school, has a ton of knowledge about writing for an audience of those in the law field. For the next little while, Ben is here to give you some advice on the many ways enter the journalism field with a bang! He’s even got two pieces of advice that haven’t been heard before on T4C, so you should definitely stick around! And, to make this interview even better, Andrea and Ben share plenty of laughs along the way. Wanna add some humor to your mug this morning? Why not press Play? It will be a LATTE of fun!
Margaret Richardson is Chief of Staff to the President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, a social enterprise and media platform for the global development community.  As Chief of Staff her primary responsibilities include: providing critical, high-level support and guidance to Raj Kumar, the President & Editor-in-Chief, and assisting in Devex’s external affairs and communications, engaging and managing key influencers and business development opportunities, and developing and executing special projects as needed. Margaret also manages and supports efforts to ensure staff in various departments are aligned and that the culture of Devex is maintained. Margaret received her B.A. in Political Science and Government at Smith College in 2014. Prior to joining Devex, she was a legislative intern in the office of Senator Angus King an Independent senator from Maine.
Ali Breland is the technology reporter covering disinformation on the internet at Mother Jones. In this role Ali reports on Russian trolls, conspiracy theories on social media, surveillance tech, A.I. bias and general malfeasance and accountability reporting in tech. Prior to moving to MJ,  and at the time of our T4C interview, Ali was a technology reporter at The Hill newspaper where he wrote and reported 3-5 news stories a day, in addition to grinding out 1-3 more analytical, deeply reported stories a week.  Not bad for someone who just graduated from UT Austin in 2014 with a B.A. in Plan II and minors in English and Philosophy. To get to where he is now, Ali cut his teeth at The Alcalde (UT Austin Alumni Magazine) as an editorial intern and hustled outside of classes to interview artists and celebrities for CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Huff Post. Ali also dabbled in a wide variety of other interests including winemaking as a Harvest intern (didn’t realize this was a job title) at Patz & Hall Winery and snowboarding.  His love of journalism and technology landed him a bunch of different jobs along the way, including one at POLITICO as a web producer.  Tune in to this episode of T4C to learn how this Java Junkie juggles the stress and demands of being a young journalist.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a journalist, author and marketing professional currently working in the technology industry at Shield AI as the Chief Marketing Officer. Her two NYT’s bestselling books: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield  tell the stories of unsung heroes who showed bravery and resilience in the face of adversity in the midst of violent conflict.  These stories of grit and determination especially resonated with Gayle as she was raised by her single mother, a blue collar worker who juggled jobs to pay the bills, and by her grandmother after her mother died, when Gayle was only 12 years old.  After graduating magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Journalism, Gayle began her professional journey covering presidential politics and politics for ABC News’ Political Unit. After 10 years as a journalist, Gayle decided to take her life in a different direction and go to business school. When her first attempt to get accepted at Harvard Business School was unsuccessful, Gayle prepared for a year. It paid off. And it was during her time at HBS that Gayle began the research on women’s entrepreneurship in the midst of conflict zones that would lead her to write her first book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. Following her graduation from Harvard Business School, Gayle served as a Vice President at the global investment firm PIMCO. Most recently, Gayle has moved into a new role as an executive in the technology and AI world at Shield AI an artificial intelligence company focused on using networked robots to protect service members and civilians.  Gayle is also a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. 
Sree Sreenivasan is the co-founder of Digimentors, a digital consultancy working with some of the world’s most important brands to get them smarter and better on social and digital.  But this wasn’t the field Sree started out in when he graduated from St. Stephen’s College in India in 1991 with a B.A. in History.  After dreaming of becoming a journalist since he was 12,  Sree started his career by living out his childhood dream. He wrote for The New York Times, reported for NBC and WABC TV, and even helped found the site DNAinfo.com. Eventually, Sree moved into academia and began to teach and mentor students at the Columbia School of Journalism where he worked for 20 years as a professor and then Dean of Student Affairs.  It was while he was teaching at Columbia that Sree identified the digital revolution that was underway and started dedicating his energy and smarts to becoming a thought leader on the digital world. In August 2013, he was hired at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) as its first Chief Digital Officer. Then one day in June 2016 he was suddenly fired. But rather than hiding this fact, Sree took to social media and asked his followers for their help in finding his next job!  He heard back from over a thousand people with their suggestions. With all of this experience, and his many successes, Sree Sreenivasan has some amazing stories and tips to share! Press play on this episode and get ready to learn a ton about how to use the digital world to your advantage.
Raj Kumar is the founding President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. A social entrepreneur and digital media executive, he's been a part of nine presidential campaigns and was a co-founder of a successful financial information company. Raj saw the world-shaping potential of Devex while a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School and promptly dropped out to build it. He has been profiled in Forbes, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post, where Devex was called the Bloomberg of foreign aid. Raj is also an active investor in ground-breaking startups, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Clinton Global Initiative, and is the former chair of the World Economic Forum's humanitarian council.
Spencer Bokat-Lindell is an Associate Editor at the new online media outlet Axios, Greek for “worthy.” But well before he was simplifying expert opinions to make them worthy of the public’s time, he was peeling white asparagus at Colicchio & Sons restaurant in Manhattan where he interned one summer during college. Spencer has worn many hats since he began his collegiate career at Yale University: he started his freshman year as a Chemistry major and aspiring chef, then, realizing neither was the right fit for him, switched to a French major with a heavy load of writing and extracurriculars.
Eric Weiner is a journalist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss.  His most recent book, The Geography of Genius, has been called “smart, funny and utterly delightful” and has been translated into 20 languages. A number of high schools and universities have incorporated the book into their curricula. As a long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Weiner reported from more than 30 countries -- from Iraq to India to Indonesia -- covering some of the biggest stories of the day.  
Ben Wittes is the Editor-in-Chief and co-Founder of the Lawfare blog, an online publication dedicated to national security issues, published by the Lawfare Institute in cooperation with the Brookings Institution.  It was started in September 2010 by Wittes, a former editorial writer for the Washington Post, Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith and University of Texas at Austin law professor Robert Chesney. What started out as a fun little project in 2010, quickly turned into a massive news source for those interested in national security law.
Kelly Wallace is an Editor-at-Large and Digital Correspondent at CNN where she spearheaded CNN’s multiplatform women’s digital content initiatives and created “Women’s Watch” e-newsletter.  She’s also worked as a White House correspondent, Mideast correspondent and National Correspondent for CNN covering some of the biggest news stories of the day. During her career as a top-notch journalist, Kelly has also worked as an Executive Editor and Chief Correspondent at iVillage.com where she was the network’s first-ever spokesperson.
Robert Draper has been a writer at large for the New York Times Magazine, for the last decade, where he covers domestic politics. He's also worked as a contributing writer to National Geographic since 2007. For the latter, Draper has traveled to the all-male monastic community of Greece’s Mount Athos as well as to volatile corners of the world like Somalia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya.
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live”
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live"
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live”
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live” read more>>>
Ali Breland is the Technology reporter at The Hill newspaper where he writes and reports 3-5 news stories a day, in addition to grinding out 1-3 more analytical, deeply reported stories a week.  Not bad for someone who graduated from UT Austin in just 2014 with a B.A. in Plan II and minors in English and Philosophy. To get there Breland cut his teeth at The Alcalde (UT Austin Alumni Magazine) as an editorial intern and hustled outside of classes to interview artists and celebrities for CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Huff Post.
NPR's Guy Raz is the man behind the microphone -- and the magic -- of 3 top-ranked Apple Podcast shows:  How I Built This, TED Radio Hour, and Wow in the World. In 2016, he became the first podcast creator to have 3 shows in the Apple Podcast chart's Top 20 shows -- at the same time.  However, as he tells T4C host Andrea Koppel, before he made it to the pinnacle of his profession, Raz had to deal with professional disappointments, and even rejection, and had self-doubts like all of us.
Pull up a demitasse of espresso 'cause NPR's Guy Raz -- the creator and host of 3 top-ranked Apple Podcast shows:  How I Built This, TED Radio Hour, and Wow in the World -- shares his wisdom with T4C java junkies about how to break into journalism and podcasting.  In this mini-podcast, java junkies learn the most useful skills Raz looks for in the people he hires.  Hint: it's two qualities and one of them is ....kindness.  He also shares the most important life experiences you will need to break into this industry and the best career advice he's gotten.

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