Michael E. Bennett, former publisher and editor of the Cleveland Jewish News, is vice president of external affairs for the Cleveland Leadership Center. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he worked in newspapers for 25 years before forging a career in nonprofits. He still enjoys his print subscriptions to several newspapers much more than their digital offerings.
Brauer is a retired journalist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a former media
reporter for MinnPost.com, editor of the Southwest Minneapolis & Downtown
Minneapolis Journals, reporter for two Twin Cities alt-weeklies, and a
freelancer for Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune and Washington Post.
Lisa Brennan is a writer in Glen Ridge, NJ. She worked for 25-plus years as a reporter at various American Lawyer newspapers and magazines, Bloomberg News and freelanced for news outlets and magazines. Brennan also does publicity for non-profits. She is active in Bnai Keshet, a Reconstructionist community in Montclair, NJ.
Sharon Broussard is the project manager for the Northeast
Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative based in Cleveland. The
collaborative is a partnership of 16 local news outlets that have banded
together to write about solutions to long-standing regional problems. Last
year, they focused on COVID-19. This year, they are focusing on economic recovery
Broussard is a former editorial writer for cleveland.com and
The Plain Dealer. She lives in Shaker Heights with her family.
David Y. Chack
David Y. Chack is a professor in The Theatre School at DePaul University in Jewish and Holocaust Theatre/Performance. He is also Producing Artistic Director of ShPIeL and TEATRON Festival of Jewish Theatre: Chicago, Los Angeles, Louisville, New York. He is a theatre consultant for Taube Center for Jewish Life and Learning in Warsaw as well as the Illinois Holocaust Museum. A director, producer, and dramaturg, throughout the United States, he was the initiator and programs curator for the 2016 Museum of the City of New York’s major exhibition “New York’s Yiddish Theatre: From Bowery To Broadway.” Before COVID he directed the epic play “Mother Courage and Her Children” by Bertolt Brecht, adaptation by Tony Kushner, in Louisville; and adapted and directed "Imagining Heschel" by Colin Greer.
Recent papers are "The Inherency, Inheritance, and Intersectionality of Jewish Theatre Festivals" for the March 2022 Conney Jewish Arts Conference at the University of Wisconsin/Madison and “A Jewish Theatremaker in the Pandemic,” Harold Pinter Review vol. 5, 2021. He has also written for American Theater Magazine, The Forward, and HowlRound/Emerson College. His B.F.A. is from Tisch School of the Arts/NYU and Circle-in-the-Square Theatre on Broadway; and he did Masters work at Tufts University, and Ph.D. work with his mentor Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel at Boston University. He is Vice President of the Alliance for Jewish Theater, an international umbrella for Jewish theatre worldwide.
Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Cohn is a longtime investigative reporter. Many of his stories have exposed wrongdoing and resulted in significant reforms. A reporter for more than three decades, Cohn has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at USC Annenberg since 2004. In 2019, he was one of the editors who helped lead Annenberg’s groundbreaking Beacon Project, teaching and inspiring the next generation of investigative reporters.
Cohn has worked for the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun, the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, The Wall Street Journal, and for columnist Jack Anderson in Washington. He also served for two years as Atwood Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska at Anchorage.
Cohn won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1998 and was a Pulitzer finalist in 1996 and 2001. His work has received numerous other prestigious journalism awards, including two Selden Ring Awards for investigative journalism, an Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Medal, a George Polk Award for environmental reporting and two Overseas Press Club awards. He is currently working on a journalism project about the changing economics of college sports in a post-pandemic world.
Cynthia Dettelbach was the first woman editor of
the Cleveland Jewish News, and she served in that role for over 29 years. In
her retirement she has been doing playwriting. Prior to the pandemic, several
of her plays were produced at a small local theater company in Cleveland.
During the pandemic several of her ten-minute plays have had dramatic readings
Jeff Diamant is a senior writer and editor with the Pew Research Center, and a board member of the Religion News Association. Prior to that, he was an award-winning reporter for the Charlotte Observer and Newark Star-Ledger. He has a doctorate in U.S. religious history.
Dawn Fallik is an associate professor at the University of Delaware who teaches STEM students how to communicate to the public. She was a full-time reporter for 15 years, most recently for the medical and science desk at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She continues to publish with NPR, The Washington Post and Neurology Today. She has lived in 14 states including Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, California, and New York.
Thom Fladung is managing partner of Hennes Communications, one of the few firms in the U.S. focused exclusively on crisis communications and reputation management.
Hennes, with offices in Cleveland and Akron, offers a wide range of crisis management and crisis communications services, including media training, litigation communications support, issues and crisis preparation, social media strategy and peer reviews of crisis plans. Hennes works with hundreds of corporations and manufacturers, law firms, government agencies, nonprofits, hospitals, public and private schools and more.
Thom spent 33 years in newspaper newsrooms, most recently serving as managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. He also was managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and the Detroit Free Press and editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, in Minnesota. Thom, a native of Canton, Ohio, is president of the board of the Press Club of Cleveland.
Jonathan Friendly was a reporter and editor for 27 years, including 17 years at The New York Times. He ran the master’s journalism program at the University of Michigan and was the news and national editor for Detroit Jewish News and Jewish Renaissance Media. Jonathan retired to Florida in 2000 and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2022. He has been married for 61 years and has four children and six grandchildren.
Martin Golan was an editor and reporter at Reuters
for more than 25 years, after being a reporter and feature writer at daily
newspapers. He has also published novels and poetry, his most recent, One Night
With Lilith – a novel about a man convinced his wife is the alluring but
dangerous Lilith of biblical legend. Before that came another the novel, My
Wife's Last Lover, and a collection of short stories, Where Things Are When You
Lose Them. A book of poetry, A Note of Consolation for Lucia Joyce, was
published late last year.
Roy Gutterman is an associate professor of communications law and journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
David Hammer is an award-winning investigative reporter at
WWL-TV, the CBS station in New Orleans.
He has won four Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards in the last
six years, including three Emmys environmental reporting and one for
Hammer also won a national Scripps Howard Award and an
international beat reporting award from the Society of Environmental
Journalists for uncovering the key engineering decisions that led to the BP oil
disaster in 2010.
As a seventh-generation New Orleanian, Hammer’s mission is
to help improve his community by holding area leaders accountable. His
investigations have helped land several local politicians and businessmen in
prison, including New Orleans’ mayor during Hurricane Katrina, Ray Nagin, and
exposed millions of dollars wasted by government agencies in hurricane recovery
programs, coastal restoration projects and the city’s outdated drainage system,
to name a few.
His 15-year-old son is the first eighth-generation member of
Touro Synagogue, one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the U.S.
Marcy R. Harris
R. Harris worked as a news and features reporter at a daily newspaper, as a
reporter and writer at several magazines, and as a litigator, before retiring
to serve as president of her synagogue. She currently serves on the
boards of several Jewish organizations and is an avid reader of the Jewish
Dr. Edward Horowitz
Dr. Edward Horowitz is an associate professor in the
School of Communication at Cleveland State University, where he has taught
since 2004. Dr. Horowitz teaches classes in journalism, political
communication, communication technology, international communication, mass
media effects, and mass media history. For 10 years he was the faculty
advisor to Cleveland State’s weekly student newspaper, The Cauldron. He also is
head of the university’s Polish Studies Initiative where he organizes lectures
and presentation about Polish culture and current events, as well as bringing
in professors from Poland to teach at CSU.
Deborah Kalb is a writer, editor, and book blogger. She
spent about two decades working as a journalist in Washington, DC, for a
variety of news organizations. Her book blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb,
which she started in 2012, features hundreds of interviews she has conducted
with a wide variety of authors. She is the author of several books for children
Craig S. Karpel
Craig S. Karpel is an award-winning journalist whose work
has appeared in such publications as Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, The New
Republic, The New York Times, The Village Voice, New York, National Review, and
The Wall Street Journal. He has interviewed such figures as Moshe Arens,
Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, Yitzhak Shamir, Natan
Sharansky, Ariel Sharon, and Moshe Ya’alon. He has interviewed such
personalities as Henry Kissinger, John Lennon, and Andrei Sakharov.
Karpel's articles have been published in periodicals
including Baltimore Jewish Times, Hadassah Magazine, AMIT Magazine, B’nai
B’rith Magazine, The American Zionist, Sh’ma Journal: A Journal of Jewish
Ideas, The Jewish Digest, and Ma’ariv. He received the Boris Smolar Award for
Excellence in North American Jewish Journalism for his article in B’nai B’rith
Magazine entitled, “The Unseen Side of Arab-Jewish Relations.” His radio
series Jerusalem Diary was broadcast on the BBC. He substituted for Ed Koch when
the late former New York City mayor hosted a weekly program on 77 WABC Radio.
Karpel was privileged to count among his friends Louis
H. Rapoport (1942-1991), the distinguished journalist, author, and senior
editor of The Jerusalem Post in whose memory the Louis Rapoport Awards for
Excellence in Commentary are awarded annually in the Simon Rockower Awards Competition
for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. He is a graduate of Columbia University,
David Liam Kyle
David Kyle is a nationally recognized photographer who has captured awe-inspiring images of landscapes, people, nature, news events, professional sports, and more in a career spanning over three decades. Kyle has 17 years of photojournalism experience, winning numerous awards as a staff photographer with the Sun Newspapers. In addition, he has photographed more than 800 assignments for Sports Illustrated, covering MLB, NBA, NFL, PGA, and NCAA action, along with feature stories and portraits.
David has photographed over 1800 NBA games as the official photographer of the Cleveland Cavaliers since 1991 and a contract photographer for NBA Entertainment.
His work is regularly displayed on ESPN, TNT, SI.com, NBA-TV, and shows such as "Pardon the Interruption," "Sports Nation," and "Sportscenter." In addition, his images have appeared in the "Year-in-Pictures" editions of Sports Illustrated, SLAM Magazine, several Sports Illustrated, and SPORT magazine covers, and the player coveted NBA 2K15 EA sports video game cover (featuring Kevin Durant). Sports Illustrated also selected his famous Penn State-Ohio State football action picture as one of "College Football's Top 150 Greatest Photos of All Time."
Jan Leach is an emeritus professor of news in the School of Media
& Journalism at Kent State University. She retired in 2020 after more than
15 years of teaching media ethics, newswriting, public affairs reporting, copy
editing and other courses. She was director of KSU’s Media Law Center for
Ethics and Access and is a former Ethics Fellow at the Poynter Institute for
Journalism Studies in Florida.
In 2016, Jan was awarded the University’s Distinguished Teaching
Award. She also received the Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of
Communication and Information. In summer 2020, Jan was a guest instructor for
the University of Notre Dame’s Journalism, Ethics and Democracy program. In
2018, Jan was a speaker/instructor at Zayed University in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
She taught media ethics in India in 2014 as part of the U.S. State Department’s
Speaker and Specialist Program.
Before joining the faculty at Kent State, Jan was editor and vice
president of the Akron Beacon Journal for five years. During her tenure, the
Ohio Society of Professional Journalists named the Beacon Journal “Best
Newspaper in Ohio” three times. Jan came to Akron from the Cincinnati Enquirer
where she had been managing editor. She also was managing editor at the
(now-defunct) Phoenix Gazette, city editor at the Arizona Republic, and held
reporting and editing positions at other newspapers in Ohio.
She has a
bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a
master’s degree in media ethics from Kent State. She received the Distinguished
Service Award from the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional
Journalists in 2020 and the Dorothy Bowles Public Service Award from the Association
for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2019. In 2015, she was
named to the Cincinnati SPJ Hall of Fame. She remains active in professional
associations and community groups and has published in newspapers, research
journals and textbook chapters.
Jonathan Make served on the board of the Society of
Professional Journalists DC chapter for many years. He volunteers through
various other journalism organizations including judging awards, and is a
member of two Jewish congregations. In his day job, he is assistant managing
editor of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, the daily newspaper for Cheyenne.
Tom Mashberg is a longtime newspaper reporter and editor, former investigative editor and Sunday editor at the Boston Herald, and frequent contributor to The New York Times and the Boston Globe.
Hugo H. Ottolenghi
Hugo H. Ottolenghi teaches undergraduate and graduate communications courses at Florida International University in Miami. He brings the knowledge and experience gained as a senior editor at two national news companies and as an online communications writer and editor to the classroom. Hugo sits on the board of Florida Bulldog, an independent, nonprofit news organization that produces in-depth and investigative stories on government, business and the environment. He supports AJPA by conducting professional development webinars for its members.
Richard M. Perloff
Richard M. Perloff, Professor of Communication,
Political Science and Psychology at Cleveland State University, is well-known
for his scholarship on persuasion, including a 7th edition of The Dynamics of
Persuasion. Perloff also is the author of The Dynamics of News, as well as
articles in academic journals. He has written in the past for The Cleveland
Jewish News on such topics as Jewish courtship, reflections of kosher butchers,
what it is like to be a rabbi, and the challenges and joys of serving as a
Jewish cantor. He has authored many opinion pieces for The (Cleveland) Plain
Dealer, and has received state-wide journalism awards for his work. He enjoys
working with students in his role as a teacher.
Neil Reisner is a
journalism professor at Florida International University in Miami. In four
decades as a newspaper reporter and editor, he covered corrupt officials,
complicated public policies and hardball politics for the Miami Herald and
other newspapers. He currently strings for The New York Times for which he’s
covered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting, the Surfside building
collapse and other major stories. Reisner began his career in Jewish journalism.
He was a pioneer in database journalism, which he taught to hundreds of
journalists around the country, Canada, the UK and Mexico. He taught at
Rutgers and Columbia universities before coming to FIU.
Arnie Rosenberg is an award-winning journalist and a longtime judge of the Simon Rockower Awards.
Arnie has been an editor of newspapers and magazines in three states and has been recognized with numerous national, state and local journalism awards.
In Ohio, he was deputy metro editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and served as editor of two national business magazines. He was an editor at the Denver Post before joining the South Florida Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, where he became metro editor. He's now an editor with the USA Today Network-Florida, based on the Treasure Coast.
Ellen Roteman began her professional career as a journalist at the
Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh. She later served in a wide range of writing and
marketing capacities, most recently as director of Marketing for the Jewish
Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Her work has encompassed writing and managing
projects ranging from annual reports and brochures, to speeches and scripts, to
newspaper and magazine features. She received numerous awards for her writing
and for marketing campaigns she developed, including a Simon Rockower first
place in Feature Writing, as well as recognition by the International Association
of Business Communicators, Women in Communications and the Jewish Community
"retiring," she has authored five books for children, published by
Menucha Publishers. Her "Five Star Detectives" series, for middle
grader readers, includes The Case of the Disappearing Chanukah Candles
(published in 2018) and The Case of the Unfair Science Fair (2020). Her debut
novel for teen girls, Production!, was also released in 2020, and her second YA
novel, The Summer Everything Changed, is set to be released in June 2022,
followed this coming fall by another installment in her "Detectives"
Michael Roteman has done extensive research on Jewish athletes and frequently writes and speaks on this subject. His series of twenty one articles about the Greatest Jewish Athletes of the Twentieth Century was published in four different Jewish newspapers.
Mr. Roteman has also been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, and is the author of three baseball novels, Phenom, Warning Track Power, and Hometown Hero.
A Pittsburgh native and a graduate of Duquesne University (BSBA & MBA), Mr. Roteman spent many years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he was a senior executive for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and where he also edited the agency's in-house newspaper, From the Vine. In addition to his work for the government, Mr. Roteman also worked as a freelance television and radio announcer, and as a freelance sports writer. His play-by-play experience includes the Pittsburgh Pirates Class AA affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators, the Harrisburg Horizon minor league basketball team, the Harrisburg Patriots minor league football team, and hundreds of high school football and basketball games.
Mr. Roteman resides in both Lakewood Ranch, FL and Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Ellen.
He currently writes a weekly blog for his synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Lauren R. Rublin
Lauren R. Rublin is the senior managing editor at Barron's. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Joel, and is active in her local Jewish community.
Iris Samson is a graduate of the University of Maryland College of Journalism, with a minor in Jewish Studies. Samson worked for almost two years for the B’nai B’rith International Jewish Monthly Magazine before moving to Pittsburgh. From 1983 to 2001, Iris was the assistant editor of The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, a weekly newspaper. Iris began freelancing for WQED-TV (the Pittsburgh PBS affiliate) in 2005, after serving as an associate producer on “From Pittsburgh To Poland: Lessons of the Holocaust.” Since then, Iris has produced dozens of short pieces, and over a dozen half hour programs, including “Stories of the Holocaust.”
Some other productions include “The Valley that Changed the World,” two programs on the achievements of African American men and young men in the Pittsburgh region; three programs focusing on the emergent and changing educational landscape in the region; and “Vietnam, Another View.” Iris has five Mid-Atlantic Emmys, and has been nominated over a dozen times; She has won nine Golden Quill Awards. Iris also won three PAB (Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters) awards; Iris has a Gabriel Award and was part of an Edward R. Murrow Award winning team.
Iris was co-producer of a national PBS special, “Harbor From the Holocaust,” and is currently an associate producer on another national PBS special dealing with Reparations.
Dubi Silverstein worked as a computer programmer in the 1980s, business executive in the 1990s, professional hockey writer in the 2000s, and musician and video producer in the 2010s. He splits his time between Manhattan and NE Pennsylvania. His wife Ellen Weiman, a journalist and memoirist, is past president of the City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism.
Dale Singer began his career in professional journalism in 1969, while still a student at Washington University, by talking his way into a summer vacation replacement job at the now-defunct United Press International bureau in St. Louis; he later joined UPI full-time in 1972. Eight years later, he moved to the Post-Dispatch, where for the next 28-plus years he was a business reporter and editor, a Metro reporter specializing in education, assistant editor of the Editorial Page for 10 years and finally news editor of the newspaper's website. In September of 2008, he joined the staff of the online startup St. Louis Beacon, where he reported primarily on education; when the Beacon merged with St. Louis Public Radio in 2013, he joined the combined staff and covered education until his retirement in 2017. In addition to practicing journalism, Dale has been an adjunct instructor at University College at Washington U. He and his wife live in west St. Louis County. They have two adult daughters, who have followed them into the word business as a communications manager and a website editor, and three grandchildren.
Jeffrey Spitz Cohan
Jeffrey Spitz Cohan worked for 18 years in print and broadcast journalism, most recently as a staff writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
He is currently the executive director of Jewish Veg, a national nonprofit organization. In that capacity, he writes occasional articles for the Times of Israel Blogs and Medium.
Jeffrey lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife Kathryn, dog Maizie and cat Nala.
Chuck Strouse has worked at the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Los Angeles Times and – for two decades – at Miami New Times as editor-in-chief. Fluent in Spanish and Russian, he is a professor at Florida International University and digital director of FIU’s South Florida media Network.
Shira Vickar-Fox worked for decades in Jewish media. She was managing editor of New Jersey Jewish News, editor of Fresh Ink for Teens, and contributor to the New York Jewish Week (some at the same time!). She is now a freelance writer for Jersey’s Best magazine and NJ Advance Media in addition to a content developer and editorial consultant at MAC4 Communications. Hamantashen are her favorite Jewish dessert and she loves shutting down her phone every Shabbat eve.
Ellen C. Weiman
Ellen C. Weiman is a retired Public Relations professional, having started out as a newspaper reporter in both NYC and CT, then representing NYC and NYS agencies to all forms of the media under three different NYC mayors. She then represented various non-profits for the next decade. Ellen lives with her husband in Manhattan, has two daughters and a dog named Charlie.
Natalie Weinstein has worked as a journalist for three decades. She was a reporter and editor at the then-Jewish Bulletin of Northern California in the 1990s before joining the staff of CNET, which covers all aspects of the tech industry. She is currently a senior editor at CNET News.
Cheryl Winokur Munk
Cheryl Winokur Munk is a well-established business journalist covering a wide range of financial topics, including college financial planning, insurance, fintech, retirement, personal finance and wealth management. She writes frequently for international publications including the Wall Street Journal and Barron's.