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Meg Norris (Keynote Speaker)

Meg Norris is the publisher of five Nassau County weekly newspapers including the award winning Garden City News.

Meg grew up in Garden City and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, Meg changed majors several times before eventually landing in the school’s Science Writing program.

In 1987 she joined the newspaper company that her father had founded in 1953 and became editor of the Great Neck News. Following the passing of her parents in 1994, she became the publisher of the newspaper chain.

Meg has been a member of the New York State Press Association’s Board of Directors since 2016.

In 2018, following a series of critical editorials, the Garden City Village Board of Trustees attempted to cut off the newspaper’s access to information from the Village’s departments (as well as legal advertising). The Village reversed its position after the New York Times wrote a story about the incident.

Meg has continued to publish weekly throughout the pandemic, with issues averaging 72 pages per week. She is married and has two adult children.

Mark Grabowski (Panelist Moderator)

Associate Professor of Journalism, Dept. Communications, Adelphi University

Mark Grabowski is a lawyer and an associate professor of journalism at Adelphi University in New York. He also writes a column on politics for the Washington Examiner. He’s published papers in Harvard’s and Stanford’s law journals, been covered by major media outlets, and given a TEDx talk in Shanghai.

Paul Thaler (Panelist)

Senior Professor, Dept. Communications, Adelphi University

Paul Thaler is a senior professor in the Communications Department at Adelphi University. A former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, Thaler is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Watchful Eye: American Justice in the Age of the Television Trial and The Spectacle: Media and the Making of the OJ Simpson Story. His debut novel, Bronxland novel has recently been published by Black Opal Books. Thaler’s work has been the subject of numerous newspaper and journal articles. He has been an on-air commentator and media critic for news outlets including CNN, HBO, the New York Times, NBC-TV and CBS-TV.

Pat Reichart (Panelist)

Faculty Advisor of Tarmac, Chaminade High School

For the last nine years, Pat Reichart (a native of Wantagh) has served as the faculty moderator overseeing publication of Tarmac, the student-produced newspaper at Chaminade High School. Prior to joining Chaminade as an English instructor in 2007, Pat was a sports journalist at the New York Post, where he wrote articles, columns and features that usually focused on professional hockey and baseball. Pat works extensively in both video and audio production and is currently employed by multiple professional sports franchises. He has won two first-place awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association for his work and has overseen the production of multiple pieces that have been included in the official audio archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Jack Viscuso (Panelist)

Student, Editor-in-Chief of Tarmac

Jack Viscuso is a senior at Chaminade High School. His love of writing developed at a young age, and he has pursued this passion throughout high school where he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tarmac. Outside the newsroom, Jack is involved with his school’s Speech and Debate Team and Business Club.

Liza Burby (Panelist & Workshop Leader)

Adjunct Professor, Dept. Communications, Adelphi University

Liza N. Burby is a senior adjunct professor in the journalism program at Adelphi University and faculty advisor to the award-winning school paper, The Delphian. She is also a prize-winning journalist, editor and founding publisher of Long Island Parent magazine. She is currently working as a project-based manager on editorial content for magazines at companies and organizations like Bonnier Corp, Adelphi University and Stony Brook University. Her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers, including Newsday and The New York Times, and over 50 national magazines and websites. She has been guest speaker on radio and TV talk shows and at local events. Further, she’s the author of nearly 40 nonfiction books for children and five books for adults, including her second edition on How to Publish Your Children’s Book and a middle grade biography about the first woman newspaper editor and publisher, Amelia Bloomer for Harper Collins (June 2022). Her site is www.lizaburby.com.

Sal Fallica (Workshop Leader)

Adjunct Professor, Dept. Communications, Adelphi University

Salvatore J. Fallica was born in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his doctorate at New York University, in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, where he studied with Neil Postman. His scholarly interests include studies in political communication, and celebrity culture, the work of Bob Dylan, Norman Mailer, and Marshall McLhan. At Adelphi, Dr. Fallica teaches courses in communications research, communication theory, propaganda and communication, The Arts of Bob Dylan, and the Media Spectacle. He has published “Bob Dylan and Spectacle Culture” and is working on a project examining Norman Mailer and celebrity culture.

Bradley Wilson (Workshop Leader)

Associate Professor, Midwestern State University; Editor, Communication: Journalism Education Today; Managing Editor, College Media Review

An associate professor at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, Bradley Wilson received his doctoral degree in public administration with research work in media agenda-setting and local governments. Dr. Wilson is the editor of the national magazine, Communication: Journalism Education Today, for the national Journalism Education Association and managing editor of College Media Review for the College Media Association. In 2020, the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication gave him the David Adams Educator of the Year Award.

John Drew (Workshop Leader)

Assistant Professor of Digital Media, Dept. Communications, College of Arts and Sciences

John Drew is a digital storyteller and an Associate Professor of Digital Media at Adelphi University. His work privileges interdisciplinarity and social justice.


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