Jamie Smith

Jamie Smith is the Global Chief Communications Officer of The BitFury Group – a leading technology company in the transformational financial technology sector dedicated to the breakthrough innovation of the Blockchain. Jamie is leading global initiatives designed to fundamentally change the way the larger global community does business, transfers value, and opens up new doors to prosperity for billions of people throughout the world.

Jamie has dedicated her career to making lives better, enhancing security, and ensuring opportunity is available to all. Jamie brings nearly two decades of communications experience to her role as Global CCO, serving at the highest levels of government and the private sector. She previously served as Special Assistant to President Obama and deputy White House press secretary, Executive Vice President at Edelman Public Relations where she oversaw multi-channel media strategies, Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and General James Clapper, Communications Director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation under its then Chairman John D (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Traveling Press Director for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, Communications Director for former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and The Albright Group, LLC. and policy aide to Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY).


Assad Khan

Khan is a DC radio veteran for over 15 years. Having started as an intern and eventually an on-air personality at the Legendary 99-1 HFS, Khan can currently be heard on iHeartRadio’s DC101 as a weekend/swing DJ. Focusing primarily on the alternative rock format, Khan has worked to engage the audience, build a rapport with the listeners and educate students on the industry of radio. During college, he was the promotions and public affairs director as well as a DJ of various specialty shows at WWVU-FM (U92) at West Virginia University. In his free time, he works as the Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs in the College of Science at George Mason University.


Ian Bush

Ian Bush is an anchor, reporter, and editor at KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia and a reporter for the CBS Radio News network. In 2008, he was named one of national radio’s ’30 Under 30′ by Edison Media Research. Now, sadly, he’s over 30. Bush is KYW’s technology editor, but his reporting is diverse: he was part of the Murrow Award-winning play-by-play team that broadcast the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, and he was honored by the Associated Press for a series on young voters. Bush is a 2004 graduate of Villanova University. A proud Wildcat, he served as news director at the campus radio station, WXVU-FM, where his documentary ‘Voices of Reading’ earned the first AP award for station. He received his master’s degree in 2006 — and had the distinction of being the first to graduate in Villanova’s new master’s program in communication. He got his start in radio anchoring local news on WDIY-FM in Bethlehem, Pa., an NPR affiliate, while at Notre Dame High School (Green Pond) and in between two-a-days in the pool. Connect with Ian on Twitter: @ianthebush


Rodger Smith


Instructor, Communication Minor Director, & WGMU Faculty Advisor: George Mason University

Professor Rodger Smith is a professor of Communication at George Mason University. He is currently teaching COMM 359 Media Management, COMM 148 Radio Workshop 1, COMM 354 Radio Production, COMM 348 Radio Workshop 2 and COMM 372 Sports and the Media.

He is currently the faculty advisor for WGMU, the campus online radio station. Professor Smith’s interest in Communications came from an interest in the cause and effect of programming and how the media affects culture, daily life and technology. His previous work in radio includes working for WFTR Front Royal, Virginia where he was a news director (1986-1988), sports director and mid-day on-air talent (1988-1989) and a morning drive personality (1990-1992). He also worked as an advertising/production director for WUSQ Winchester.

Professor Smith was honored in Who’s Who in the Media and Communications in 1997-1998. Professor Smith also serves as the public address announcer for football and basketball games at his Alma Mater, Warren County High School in Front Royal, VA.


David Culver

 David Culver is a reporter with News4’s Northern Virginia Bureau and anchors the Saturday edition of News4 Today.

David has deep roots in Northern Virginia. He was born and raised in Fairfax County, and most of his family still lives there. David attended Gonzaga College High School then graduated from William and Mary with a degree in Hispanic Studies. But David always knew he wanted to be a journalist and spent a few summers at NBC in Washington. He interned at News4 and wrote a blog for while studying abroad. He was also an intern for NBC News’ Investigative Unit in Washington.

After college, David became a reporter and producer for WAVY-TV, the NBC station in Norfolk. Two years later, he began anchoring the station’s weekend morning newscasts. He joined News4 in December 2012.

David is fluent in Spanish and studied Arabic in college. He lives in Arlington.


Tom Jackman


Reporter, True Crime Blog, The Washington Post

Tom Jackman has worked as a reporter at The Washington Post since 1998. Before that he covered crime and courts for The Kansas City Star, where he also wrote a best-selling book about a serial killer, penned a weekly column and hosted a weekly TV show. At The Post, Tom led the trial coverage of the D.C. sniper case, and he was the lead writer on The Post’s breaking news stories about the Virginia Tech massacre, which won a Pulitzer Prize. He now writes The Post’s “True Crime” blog covering crime and justice issues nationwide. Tom’s experience as both a reporter and blogger has broadened his skills as a multi-media journalist, forcing him to master shooting video, taking and editing still photos, creating charts and graphs for his blog posts, web-smart headline writing and using social media to get his stories to the widest possible audience.


Michael D. Shear

Mike Shear is a White House correspondent for The New York Times. He joined The New York Times in 2010 as a political correspondent, then moved to cover the White House in 2013, and is currently covering the 2016 Election. In addition to numerous front page stories, he has appeared on television, providing insight and analysis to breaking political stories. Previously, Mr. Shear wrote for the Washington Post as a metro reporter covering Virginia politics, the 2008 presidential election and the White House correspondent. He was a member of the team of reporters who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech. Mr. Shear received a B.A. degree from Claremont McKenna College and a M.A. degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.


Carol Guzy


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist

Carol Guzy is one of only four people who have won four Pulitzer Prizes. As a young girl, she always wanted to be an artist. But as she was coming of age in a working-class family in Bethlehem, Pa., such an ambition seemed impossible. Encouraged to “do something practical,” she went to nursing school and soon realized she could not be a nurse. After a friend gave her a camera and she took a photography course, her fascination with photography led to an internship and then a job at the Miami Herald. In 1988 she moved to The Washington Post. In 1990, Guzy was the first woman to receive the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, presented by the National Press Photographers Association. Guzy credits the nursing program with giving her an understanding of and sensitivity to human suffering and believes that her photographs would be different without that background.

Guzy spent months on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and not only documented its impact on the animals of the region, but rescued two dogs by bringing them home with her.

She has received numerous awards for her work. She has been honored twice with the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for her coverage of the military intervention in Haiti and the devastating mudslide in Armero, Colombia. She has received a third Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her work in Kosovo and her fourth Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of the Haitian earthquake in 2010.


Brian Lamb


President and Chairman, C-SPAN

Brian Lamb is the CEO of C-SPAN Networks. He’s been at the helm of the public affairs channel since he helped the cable industry launch it on March 19, 1979.

Today, C-SPAN employs approximately 270 people and delivers public affairs programming on three television channels to the nation’s cable and satellite customers; globally to Internet via and 15 other internet sites; and to radio listeners through C-SPAN radio—an FM station in Washington that can also be heard on XM satellite service nationwide.

Brian has also been a regular on-air presence at C-SPAN since the network’s earliest days. Over the years, he has interviewed Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush and many world leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. For 15 years, beginning in 1989, he interviewed 800 non-fiction authors for a weekly program known as Booknotes. Four books of collected interviews have been published based on the Booknotes series. Currently, Brian hosts Q and A, an hour long interview program on Sunday evening with people who are making things happen in politics, media, education or technology.

Brian Lamb is a Hoosier, born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana. Interested in broadcasting as a child, he built crystal radio sets to pick up local signals. During high school and college, he sought out jobs at Lafayette radio and television stations, spinning records, selling ads, and eventually hosting his own television program.

After graduating from Purdue with a degree in speech, Brian joined the Navy. His tour included the USS Thuban, White House duty during the Johnson Administration and a stint in the Pentagon public affairs office during the Vietnam War.

In 1967, his navy service complete, Brian returned home to Lafayette. However, it wasn’t long before he returned to the nation’s capital where he began as a freelance reporter for UPI radio. Later, he served as a Senate press secretary and worked for the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy at a time when a national strategy was being developed for communications satellites.

In 1974, Brian returned to journalism, publishing a biweekly newsletter called The Media Report. He also covered telecommunications issues as Washington bureau chief for Cablevision Magazine. It was from this vantage point that C-SPAN began to take shape. Congress was about to televise its proceedings; the cable industry was looking for programming to deliver to its customers by satellite. Brian brought these two ideas together with C-SPAN, which launched with the first televised House of Representatives debate on March 19, 1979.

Brian and his wife Victoria are longtime residents of Arlington, Virginia. When he’s not reading newspapers or non-fiction books, Brian is often in hot pursuit of the latest country music release.


Susan Goldberg


Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners, and Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine

Susan Goldberg is Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor In Chief of National Geographic Magazine. As Editorial Director, she is in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. She was named Editorial Director in October 2015 and Editor in Chief of the magazine in April 2014. She is the 10th editor of the magazine since it was first published in October 1888.

Under her leadership in 2017, National Geographic was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its issue about gender and the magazine received numerous other awards for photography, storytelling and graphics. In 2016, National Geographic magazine won a National Magazine Award for best website; in 2015, it won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March 2015, she received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing.

Before her employment at National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. She started at Bloomberg in 2010. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine; in 2017, Washingtonian again selected Goldberg, naming her among the most powerful women in Washington across professions.

From 2007 to 2010, she was editor of The Plain Dealer, the daily newspaper of Cleveland and the largest newspaper in Ohio. Prior to that, from 2003-2007, she was the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, and served as the paper’s managing editor from 1999-2003. From 1989 to 1999, Goldberg worked at USA Today, including stints as a deputy managing editor of the News, Life and Enterprise sections. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press. She began her career as a reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

A Michigan native, Goldberg has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, where she now funds the Susan Goldberg Scholarship at the university’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences’ School of Journalism. She is active in professional journalism organizations, and in 2012-13 was president of the American Society of News Editors. She is on the boards of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU and previously was co-chair of the Medill School of Journalism’s Board of Visitors at Northwestern University. She also is on the board of the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Goldberg lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Geoffrey Etnire, a real estate lawyer.