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PRSA Chicago Panel: ‘National Media in Chicago: Who’s Here and What Do They Cover?’ | Oct. 24

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Join Chicago-based journalists from some of the leading media outlets in the U.S. to learn why these news organizations have reporters based in Chicago, what they cover and how to work with them.


Diane Eastabrook

Correspondent, Al Jazeera America (@AJAM)

Diane Eastabrook is a Chicago-based general assignment reporter for Al Jazeera America (AJAM). Since joining the network in August of 2013, she has reported on agriculture, employment and gang violence in Chicago.

Before AJAM, Ms. Eastabrook was the Chicago bureau chief and correspondent for the PBS “Nightly Business Report.” During her nearly 20-year tenure, she covered the federal investigation of Archer Daniels Midland; the merger of Chicago’s two futures exchanges; and the bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler. Ms. Eastabrook’s regular beats included agriculture, manufacturing and small business.

Ms. Eastabrook also worked in local stations in Albany, N.Y.; Peoria, Ill.; and Wausau, Wis. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, and a native of central Illinois.


Jason Dean (@JasonRDean)

Chicago Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal (@WSJ)

Jason Dean is the Chicago bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, where he oversees a dozen business journalists centered on the food and aviation industries for the newspaper and news service. His Chicago team writes specifically on the enterprises that bring food from field to fork, covering agribusiness giants like ADM, Cargill and Monsanto; packaged-food makers like Kraft and Mondelez; grocers including Kroger and Whole Foods; and restaurant companies such as McDonald’s and Darden. The bureau also manages aviation news including Boeing and other commercial-aerospace manufacturers; defense contractors; and the U.S. airline industry.

Mr. Dean moved to Chicago in October 2011 after nearly 15 years in Greater China, most recently as the Journal’s China news editor in Beijing, where he earned a Pulitzer Prize and Malcolm Forbes Award for his work. He has also covered economics,foreign policy and technology while in Beijing; and served as the Journal’s Taiwan correspondent from 2001 to 2005, writing about politics, technology-industry trends and other issues. He first arrived in Beijing in 1997, having joined Dow Jones in 1999.

Mr. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University.


Flynn McRoberts (@FlynnMcRoberts)

Chicago Bureau Chief and Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg News (@BloombergNews)

Flynn McRoberts is the Chicago bureau chief of Bloomberg News and an editor at large on its Projects & Investigations team. Before joining Bloomberg, Mr. McRoberts was deputy projects editor of the Chicago Tribune, where he helped lead a team that won the investigative reporting 2008 Pulitzer Prize for a series exposing faulty government regulation of children’s products. As a reporter, he led a team that was a Pulitzer finalist for a series on the fall of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm in the wake of the Enron scandal.

Mr. McRoberts holds a bachelor’s in journalism and political science from Northwestern University; and is married to Monica Davey, the Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times. They have two children.


Neil Munshi (@NeilMunshi)

Chicago and Midwest Correspondent, Financial Times (@FT)

Neil Munshi is the Chicago and Midwest correspondent for the Financial Times, covering derivatives markets, the food industry, heavy manufacturing and the Midwest as a region. Mr Munshi joined the Financial Times in 2011 in Mumbai as a reporter covering the economy, markets and corporate India. He had previously worked at the Boston Globe, where he covered health and science; and Esquire magazine.

Mr. Munshi is from Milwaukee, Wis., and moved to Chicago with his wife at the beginning of this year. He is also a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.



Ryan Richert (@RyanRichert)

EVP, Director of Media Services, Edelman (@EdelmanPR)

Ryan Richert leads Edelman’s Media Services group, a team of 17 former journalists and media relations experts. A former TV and radio news reporter with 16 years of media and PR experience; and has secured top-national media placements for diverse global clients such as eBay, Microsoft, Pfizer, Shell, Starbucks, Unilever and Walmart.

Before joining Edelman, Mr. Richert worked at CKPR in Chicago, where he managed public relations activities for the Oral Health Care division of GlaxoSmithKline. He also worked in public affairs in Sacramento, Calif. on multi-market campaigns for the California Association of Mortgage Brokers, and the first gubernatorial campaign of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prior to his career in public relations, Mr. Richert worked for four years as an on-air television news reporter for the NBC affiliate in Lansing, Mich. and CBS affiliate in Missoula, Mont.

Mr. Richert holds a bachelor’s in communications from Seattle Pacific University.

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When: Thursday, Oct. 24; 6-8 p.m. CDT
Where: Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
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