2014 Conference

Watch as 2013-14 O’Brien Fellow Lillian Thomas discusses her yearlong fellowship at Marquette.

Overview

Each fall, the Diederich College of Communication convenes a conference that presents the work done by our O’Brien Fellows and associated students the previous academic year at Marquette University. The 2014 O’Brien Fellowship conference featured the work of our 2013-14 O’Brien Fellows Hal Bernton of The Seattle Times, Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Lillian Thomas of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bernton’s work resulted in a series of stories focusing on the battle to reduce carbon emissions in Wisconsin, across America and in China. Egan’s reporting extended his already years’ long coverage on threats to the Great Lakes. Thomas produced national and local reporting related to how poverty and health intersect. (Both the Post-Gazette and Journal Sentinel published her work in their print and online editions.)

The conference aimed to convene people affected by or responsible for the related systems and policies in an attempt to seek solutions for providing poor patients the best possible care, and stringent regulations to curb carbon emissions and threats to the lakes.

Each conference session was open to the public and held in the Monaghan Ballrooms, Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette University, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233.

2014 agenda


Thursday, October 9

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session I – Poor Health: What Brought Us Here Today? (Video)

Presenter: Lillian Thomas, 2013-2014 O’Brien Fellow; assistant managing editor for special projects, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session II – Getting Personal: One Patient’s Struggle (Video)

Moderator: Herbert Lowe, professional in residence and director of journalism for social change, Diederich College of Communication

Panelists:

John Patton, Milwaukee man seeking better health care despite many challenges
Lillian Thomas, 2013-2014 O’Brien Fellow; assistant managing editor for special projects, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch

Keynote Speaker: Diane De La Santos, executive director, City on a Hill, Milwaukee (Video)

Roundtable – No Excuses: What Should Be Done About This? (Video)

Moderator: Gregory Borowski, assistant managing editor for projects and investigations, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Panelists:

Diane De La Santos, executive director, City on a Hill, Milwaukee
Mary Mazul, director of population health management, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Sharon McGowan, editor in chief, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Joy Tapper, executive director, Milwaukee Health Care Partnership

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Session III – Watershed Moment: What Brought Us Here Today? (Video)

Presenters:
Dan Egan, 2013-2014 O’Brien Fellow; investigative reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Erin Caughey, 2013-2014 O’Brien Intern

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Session IV – No Excuses: What Should Be Done About This? (Video)

Moderator: George Stanley, vice president and managing editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Panelists:

Harvey Bootsma, associate professor, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Joel Brammeier, president and CEO, Alliance for the Great Lakes
Dan Egan, 2013-2014 O’Brien Fellow; investigative reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Session I – Losing Ground: What Brought Us Here Today? (Video)

Presenters:
Hal Bernton, 2013-2014 O’Brien Fellow; investigative reporter, The Seattle Times
Barrett McCormick, professor, department of political science, Marquette University
Daniel Meissner, associate professor of Chinese history, Marquette University
Zhu Ye, 2013-14 O’Brien Intern, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session II – Wisconsin and the Struggle to Reduce Carbon Emission (Video)

Moderator: Hal Bernton, 2013-2014 O’Brien Fellow; investigative reporter, The Seattle Times

Panelists:

Kevin Croswhite, Wisconsin state director, Energy and Enterprise Institute
Charles Franklin, professor of law and public policy and Marquette Law School Poll director
Erin Heffernan, 2013 O’Brien Intern, The Seattle Times
Gary Radloff, director, Midwest Energy Policy Analysis, Wisconsin Energy Institute