Keynote Speaker

Mr. Eric Deggans

Chair, Media Monitoring Committee for the National Association of Black Journalists

Mr. Eric Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic. He came to NPR from the Tampa Bay Times newspaper in Florida, where he served as TV/Media Critic and in other roles for nearly 20 years. He also serves as a contributor and media analyst at MSNBC/NBC News. A journalist for more than 20 years, he is also the author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, a look at how prejudice, racism, and sexism fuels some elements of modern media, published in October 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. Mr. Deggans has won reporting and writing awards from the Society for Features Journalism, American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, The Florida Press Club and the Florida Society of News Editors. In 2010, he made national headlines interviewing former USDA official Shirley Sherrod at the NABJ’s summer convention in San Diego, leading a panel discussion that was covered by all the major cable news and network TV morning shows.

Morning Plenary

Dr. Rev. David McAllister-Wilson

President, Wesley Theological Seminary & Board Chair, Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic

The Reverend Dr. David McAllister-Wilson assumed the office of President at Wesley Theological Seminary on July 1, 2002. He has served for nearly 30 years in theological education and has helped make Wesley one of the nation’s largest and leading theological schools, preparing approximately 1,300 men and women for ministry each year. McAllister-Wilson received a BA in history from California State University, Northridge, in 1983. He earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1988 and Doctor of Ministry degree in 2001 from Wesley. McAllister-Wilson has focused his preaching, speaking and consulting in an effort to revitalize the mainline Protestant church, helping to encourage men and women to consider God’s call to ministry and preparing them for leadership. With a strong interest and focus on leadership development, particularly in local congregations, he helped to establish the G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley and has established a new presence for Wesley at Mount Vernon Square in downtown Washington to expand their programs in urban ministry and public theology.

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