11/9 Reuters Event Speaker Information

Adler-v2-800x450.pngStephen J. Adler is President and Editor-in-Chief of Reuters, the world’s largest international news provider, where he oversees all editorial and commercial functions. Under his leadership, Reuters has received scores of top journalism awards, including four Pulitzer Prizes, while reaching more than one billion people daily with trusted video, text, pictures, and graphics. Adler joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 as Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of the company’s Professional Division and was named Editor-in-Chief of Reuters the following year. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of BusinessWeek and a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal.

Sarah Baum

Sarah Emily Baum is an 18-year-old freshman at Hofstra University studying journalism and public policy. As a freelance writer, her work has been featured in The New York Times, Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post and Sex, Etc. Magazine to name a few.  As a community organizer, she serves as the co director of March For Our Lives NJ.



Stephanie Brumsey is a producer at Reuters. A native New Yorker, Stephanie received her B.A. in Journalism from Stony Brook University. She’s covered numerous news topics including Barack Obama’s election and presidency, the presidential campaign of 2016, the D.C. riots during Donald Trump’s Inauguration, and the inaugural Women’s March. She’s produced national and international segments including but not limited to pieces from the Rio 2016 Olympics, the 2016 DNC and RNC, and with a wide array of guests including President of Brazil Michel Temer, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, Corey Booker, Matt Damon, Anthony Scaramucci and former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, to name a few. Stephanie is the Vice President of the Newswomen’s Club of New York, a member of NABJ and an amateur actress. 

burgessCatherine Burgess is Operations Director at The LAMP, where she focuses on bringing hands-on media learning to a diverse range of students, families and educators in communities throughout New York City. With a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross and a M.S. in Media Studies from Brooklyn College, Catherine also serves on the Leadership Council for the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and is the Assistant Chair for their 2019 conference.

Katy Byron

Katy Byron is a third generation journalist with more than 15 years experience in social media, TV, print and digital news.  She joined The Poynter Institute as the Editor & Program Manager of the MediaWise program in October, 2018. This groundbreaking project aims to teach teenagers media literacy and how to learn the difference between reliable and unreliable information on social media and throughout the internet.


IMG_0492Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. As Executive Director, Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. She has also overseen three national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education. Since 2017, Michelle has advocated for greater media literacy education through CNN, PBS News Hour, NPR, The New York Times, and Al Jazeera English.


David Gaffen is the North American energy editor based in New York, and joined Reuters in 2009. He also served as spot news editor for the elections team between August and September. In his time at Reuters he has overseen the markets team, covering stocks, bonds and currencies, and now the team that covers the oil-and-gas industry. Prior to this he worked at The Wall Street Journal, writing the Marketbeat blog, which he originated. He was nominated for a Loeb Award in 2015 for a Reuters series of special reports on stock-market buybacks, and has overseen coverage of numerous high-profile events including the Facebook IPO, Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, and the US drive to record oil production. He graduated from Rutgers University.

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Jordan Jonathan Gilchrist is a senior at Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and ranked number 8 in his class. Jordan is an Eagle Scout of Boy Scout Troop 358. His goal in life is to make an impact on his community through hard work and community service.  Jordan enjoys bowling, camping and gaming


Isabella GonzalezIsabella Elena Gonzalez is an 18 year old senior at Livingston High School. At her school, she is the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s literary magazine and on the staff of her school’s newspaper. She is also the president of her school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance club. Outside of school, she is a staff writer at Sex, Etc. and has been featured in various publications for both her creative writing and journalism. In her free time, she bakes for charity, and tracks stats for Broadway shows. Gonzalez has always believed in the power of words and never stops looking forward to seeing where her own words can take her.


Patrick Hedlund is the head of social media/off-platform publishing for The Wall Street Journal. Prior to that, he spent nearly eight years as an editor and reporter at the New York City news site DNAinfo.


biopic3Margaret Irving is currently responsible for planning and implementing hands-on media literacy workshops for youth across New York City. Before joining The LAMP in March 2018, Margaret was a program manager for a private camp where she developed creative curriculum, managed staff and instructed student groups in year-round educational programs.

Leela-de-Kretser.jpgLeela de Kretser the Managing Editor of Reuters.com and Multimedia Editor in the Americas. She joined Reuters in August 2015. She oversees the day-to-day editorial operations for the site and develops strategies around better showcasing Reuters journalism, and growing the overall audience and influence of our consumer experience on multiple platforms. Prior, Leela ran her own media consulting firm with clients ranging from traditional publishers to start-ups and major tech companies. She was also the editorial director and publisher of DNAinfo and has done stints at the New York Post, the Herald Sun in Australia, Newser.com and Business Daily. Leela was also an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and worked with Michael Wolff on his biography of Rupert Murdoch.

Liesl SchillingerLiesl Schillinger is a literary critic, writer and translator, and teaches journalism (“Facts/Alternative Facts”) and criticism at the New School in New York City. Her articles, reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New Republic, the Washington Post, and other publications. She has translated novels from the French and the German for Penguin Classics, Viking, and New York Review Books, and is the author of Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century. She is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.