Eye of the Storm


Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 | NAB Headquarters | 1771 N Street NW, Washington, D.C.

9 - 9:45 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:45 a.m.

Welcome Remarks and Address

Emcee: Veronica Johnson, meteorologist, WJLA-TV/ABC7
Hon. Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Panel Discussions

Reporting to You Live from the Storm Zone

We are all familiar with the scenes of meteorologists and reporters standing in the middle of raging winds and rain, but should they be standing there? When to send a journalist into the disaster area raises many questions that do not always have clear answers. Join our panelists as they discuss and debate how stations should make decisions to send reporters into the storm and how journalists should best serve their communities during crisis situations.


  • Moderator: Jennifer C. Thomas, media, journalism and film professor, Howard University
  • Javier Cosme, Director of Content and News of WKAQ580, Univision Communications
  • Kathleen Culver, journalism professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tim Tunison, news director, WBAL-TV
  • Stacey Woelfel, professional practice professor, University of Missouri School of Journalism

Remarks by the Hon. Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, FCC

Resiliency: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Preparing a Newsroom Ahead of the Storm

Broadcasters cannot predict when the next weather emergency will threaten their area, but stations can, and do, prepare in advance for what to do when the unexpected happens. From what information to report, to how on-air talent will coordinate coverage and work with government officials and emergency personnel to where employees' families (and pets) will ride out the storm, hear station managers and a Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) representative discuss lessons learned from past disasters and debate best practices for future emergencies.


This event has been organized to comply with applicable House and Senate gift rules.

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