Speaker Biographies

Spencer Ante, Associate Editor, BusinessWeek
Spencer Ante is an Associate Editor at BusinessWeek where he covers finance and technology. Before joining BusinessWeek in February, 2000, he was a staff reporter for TheStreet.com, a contributing writer at Wired News, and a columnist for Business 2.0. His book “Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital,” was published by Harvard Business Press in April, 2008. Ante received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a master’s in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.

Peter Bhatia, Executive Editor, The Oregonian
Peter Bhatia is Executive Editor of The Oregonian in Portland. He came to the paper as managing editor in 1993 after serving earlier in his career as executive editor of the Fresno Bee, managing editor of the Sacramento Bee, editor of the York (Pa.) Dispatch and Sunday News, managing editor of the Dallas Times Herald, deputy managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner and a reporter and editor at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, WA.

Krishna Bharat, Principal Scientist, Google
Krishna Bharat is a Principal Scientist at Google and the creator of Google News. He specializes in the areas of user interface and algorithmic support for web search and content analysis. Before joining Google in 1999, he was a member of the research staff at DEC Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, CA. In 2003, he won both the Webby Award in the news category and he received the World Technology Award for Media and Journalism. Bharat is the acting head of Google’s new R&D Center in Bangalore India. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1996.

Bob Calo, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
Bob Calo began his career in television at KQED in San Francisco, where he produced daily news and documentaries for the local and national PBS audience. He moved to New York to join ABC News “Primetime Live,” and then to NBC News as a broadcast producer. Calo produced stories throughout the U.S. and foreign countries, including assignments in Pakistan, Chile, Croatia, Kenya, and Somalia. As an independent producer, he produced a documentary profile of the late landscape historian J.B. Jackson for PBS. Calo joined the faculty in 2001 and continues to write and produce for the national broadcast audience.

Lydia Chavez, Professor, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
Lydia Chavez started as a reporter for The Albuquerque Tribune, later moving on to Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, where she served in El Salvador as bureau chief for South America. In 2005, Chávez and her students collaborated to publish “Capitalism, God and A Good Cigar: Cuba Enters the Twenty-First Century” (Duke University Press). earlier, Chávez published, “The Color Bind: California’s Battle Against Affirmative Action,” which won the Leonard Silk Award (UC Press). She has also written op-ed pieces for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Examiner and magazine pieces for the Los Angeles Times and New York Times Sunday Magazines and George Magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Peter Chernin
Peter Chernin is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corp., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Group.  Under his tenure, Peter Chernin was credited with propelling News Corp. to its current top leadership position in the global media marketplace.  He is known for his unique mastery of blending both the creative and corporate sides of the entertainment business.  Chernin’s new venture focuses on film and television production, as well as leveraging opportunities in the technology sector.

Lewis DVorkin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of True/Slant
Lewis DVorkin is the founder of True/Slant, an original content news network. Leveraging his 35 years of media experience, DVorkin envisioned a new model that combined the values and editorial standards of traditional news with the immediacy and interactivity of the digital medium. As CEO, he leads an experienced team that is realizing this vision. Previously, DVorkin was Senior Vice President, Programming at AOL, where he was responsible for News, Sports and Network Programming and played an instrumental role in the launch of TMZ.com. He was also Executive Editor at Forbes magazine, where he spearheaded the magazine’s redesign, managed the annual Forbes 400 Richest Americans list and created the Celebrity 100 List. He was Page One Editor of The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at Newsweek and an editor at The New York Times.

Geoff Dougherty, Editor and CEO, Chi-Town Daily News
Geoff Dougherty founded Chi-TownDailyNews.Org in 2005 after working as an award-winning journalist and investigative reporter for 16 years at the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times. While at the Miami Herald, he spearheaded the newspaper’s effort to analyze discarded ballots from the 2000 presidential election. Chi-Town Daily News, which is organized as a non-profit organization, has developed an innovative network of volunteer correspondents in more than 70 neighborhoods in Chicago.

Sean Finnegan, President/Chief Digital Officer, Starcom MediaVest Group
A pioneer in digital media and a member of the Starcom MediaVest Group global leadership team, Sean Finnegan focuses on driving the worldwide agency network’s digital strategy and practice. Before joining SMG, Finnegan was Chief Marketing Officer of Vibrant Media, a worldwide video advertising network. Prior to joining Vibrant Media, he was the Chief Executive Officer of OMG Digital, a unit of Omnicom Media Group. Beginning his career in the early 1990s at BBDO New York, Finnegan focused on spot TV buying and print planning. When the internet became commercial, he quickly shifted his focus to new media, working at such interactive agencies as Darwin Digital (Zenith), APL Digital and JWT Digital.

Michael Franklin, Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley/CTO and Founder, Truviso
Dr. Michael Franklin he has been on the UC Berkeley faculty since 1999 and also is the Chief Technical Officer and Founder of Truviso, a data-analytics company.  At Berkeley his research focuses on the architecture and performance of distributed data management and information systems. Earlier in his career, he held consulting and advisory roles at a number of leading companies, including Intel, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, The Mayfield Fund and Bell Laboratories. Franklin served on technical advisory boards for such technology start ups  as Business Signatures, DATAllegro, Appstream, RightOrder and WiseNut. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, a recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award, and the ACM SIGMOD “Test of Time” award. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; an M.S.E. from Wang Institute of Graduate Studies in 1986, and a B.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Richard Gingras, Chief Executive Officer, Salon Media Group
Richard Gingras helped found Salon Media Group in 1995 and joined the company as Chief Executive Officer in May, 2009. Earlier in his career, he was founder and CEO of Goodmail, the Senior Vice President of @Home and a senior product manager at Apple and Symantec. He has advised a number of companies involved in media and technology and most recently served as a consultant to the senior management of Google on issues involving Google News and other journalism initiatives.

Paul Grabowicz, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
Paul Grabowicz directs the New Media Program at the Graduate School of Journalism and teaches classes in multimedia reporting, new media publishing and video game storytelling. He is co-author of “California Inc.,” a book about how the entrepreneurial spirit shaped the politics, culture and economy of California, and has written extensively about issues in online journalism and digital technology.A professional journalist for more than 25 years, he spent most of his career as the investigative reporter at The Oakland Tribune. He also served as night city editor and acting city editor and developed an early prototype of a Web site for the paper (it was rejected). A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, he began his journalism career in 1973 working for local papers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Bay Guardian. He has written for publications such as the Washington Post, Esquire magazine, The Village Voice and Newsday. In 1995, he began setting up the New Media Program at the Graduate School of Journalism. He also was the driving force in creating the Knight Digital Media Center at the school, a Knight Foundation funded program that provides multimedia training for mid-career journalists.

Bill Heil, Harvard Business School
Bill Heil is a Product Manger in the Platform Business Unit of Adobe Systems, and a recent graduate of Harvard Business School.  While at Harvard, he co-authored a usage and gender study of Twitter along with Professor Misiek Piskorski.  Before Harvard, Bill worked as Director of Analytics for an online affiliate marketing company, and as a consultant for organizational consulting firm Katzenbach Partners.  Bill holds a BA in Computer Science and Political Science, with Honors, from Brown University.

Neil Henry, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California-Berkeley
Neil Henry has served as dean of the Graduate School of Journalism since 2007, and overseen many new digital reporting initiatives in the program. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, he spent 16 award-winning years as a local, national, and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post before joining the Berkeley faculty. He is the author of a 2002 racial history, Pearl’s Secret. His second book, American Carnival (2007), explores the challenges confronting the news industry in the digital age.

Bradley Horowitz, Vice President, Product Management, Google
Bradley Horowitz oversees product management for Google Apps, including Gmail, Calendar, Google Talk, Google Voice, Google Docs, Blogger and Picasa. Before joining Google, he led Yahoo’s advanced development division, which developed new products such as Yahoo Pipes, and drove the acquisition of products such as Flickr and MyBlogLog. Previously, he was Co-Founder and CTO of Virage, where he oversaw the technical direction of the company from its founding through its IPO and eventual acquisition by Autonomy. Horowitz holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab and was pursuing his PhD at MIT when he co-founded Virage.

Tara Hunt, author of “The Whuffie Factor”
Tara Hunt on Tara Hunt: “Although I spend a good deal of time railing against marketing and consumerism, I am by profession an Online Marketing Professional and, well, a consumer to the Nth degree.”  She is going to talk at the Media Technology Summit about how businesses can build online audiences by boosting their Whuffie.  “Money isn’t the capital of choice in online communities,” she explains. “It is Whuffie, social capital.”

Jayant Kadambi, Co–Founder and President, YuMe.Com
Jayant Kadambi is co-founder and President of YuMe.Com, the leading video-ad management platform and the largest dedicated video advertising network. He brings to the position more than 18 years of experience in the areas of networking, hardware architecture and semiconductors. Prior to co-founding YuMe in 2004, Kadambi was a Vice President and top researcher for Netopia, a publicly held manufacturer of DSL equipment and service provider for ISPs and carriers. He joined Netopia upon its acquisition in 1999 of StarNet Technologies, a VoDSL company he had co-founded. Prior to StarNet, Kadambi held various technical and marketing positions in AMD’s networks division, and AT&T Bell Labs. He is the co-author of a book on gigabit Ethernet and the holder of several patents.

Lila King, Senior Producer, CNN.Com
Lila King is a Senior Producer for CNN.com who leads the site’s user-participation efforts, including overseeing CNN’s user-generated news Web site, iReport.com.     Since coming to CNN.com in 2001, King has reported and produced several multimedia stories on a wide range of topics in international news, working to integrate new technologies into storytelling presentations. King produced many of the online interactive maps and audio slideshows that distinguished CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, King launched iReport, CNN’s highly successful citizen-journalism initiative, and led the editorial development of iReport.com, the user-generated news site that launched in February, 2008.

Richard Koci-Hernandez, Ford Fellow, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
Prior to joining the Graduate School of Journalism as a Ford Foundation Fellow in New Media, Richard Koci-Hernandez was a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News. His work also appeared in Time, Newsweek, USA Today, the New York Times and international magazines, including Stern. In 2003, Koci-Hernandez was the recipient of the James K. Batten Knight Ridder Excellence Award. His work for the Mercury News has earned him two Pulitzer Prize nominations. His photography and multimedia work have won numerous awards on the national and regional level. He has taught multimedia workshops for Stanford University, National Press Photographers Association, the Southern Short Course, the National Association for Hispanic Journalists and the National Association for Black Journalists. He has lectured at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Stanford University. Koci-Hernandez is a San Francisco State University journalism graduate, where he has been a guest instructor.

Staci Kramer, Co-Editor, ContentNext Media
Staci D. Kramer is co-editor and executive vice president of ContentNext Media, a media and information company owned by Guardian News and Media Limited. She joined the company in late 2004 as executive editor of paidContent.org and later served as executive editor of ContentNext Media, the operator of paidContent.org, paidContent:UK, contentSutra.com and mocoNews.net. She has been writing about the intersection of technology with media, entertainment and sports since the days before the Web. Formerly a contributing editor at Inside.com, an editor at large for Cable World and senior editor for the Online Journalism Review, she was a national director at large of the Society of Professional Journalists and founded a list serve for the discussion of journalism ethics, which she operated for a decade.

Gene Munster, Managing Director, Piper Jaffray
Gene Munster is a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray, specializing in Internet and the digital media. Munster has covered the digital media space since joining Piper Jaffray in 1995, and is widely recognized as an expert on such companies as Adobe, Apple, Baidu, Google and Yahoo. He has authored several key industry reports on technology and his has been named a top technology analyst by Institutional Investor, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

Alan D. Mutter
Alan D. Mutter is a former newspaper editor, turned high-tech entrepreneur, turned strategic consultant to old and new media companies. He publishes a blog on the media called Reflections of a Newsosaur and is a member of the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

Daniel X. O’Neil, Co-Founder, EveryBlock
Daniel X. O’Neil is the co-founder of EveryBlock.Com, the leading innovator in database-generated online journalism. In his role as “People Person” at EveryBlock, he is responsible for working with local governments to uncover new data sets that can be published at the website. He also has conceived and operates a number of other web services, including CTA Tweet, the “unofficial” Twitter site where commuters can share information instantly about operating problems on Chicago’s public transportation system, and CityPayments.Org, where citizens can review a comprehensive database of municipal contracts to flag any they consider to be “goofy.” He also writes and publishes books of poetry.

Mikołaj Jan Piskorski, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School
Mikołaj Jan Piskorski, who often goes by Misiek, is an Associate Professor of Business Administration and Marvin Bower Fellow in the Strategy Unit at the Harvard Business School. Professor Piskorski received his B.A and M.A. (Cantab) from University of Cambridge where he read Economics and Politics at Christ’s College. Subsequently, he received A.M. in Sociology and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. After completing his Ph.D, Piskorski became a faculty member in the Organizational Behavior area at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In 2004, he returned to Harvard to teach the Required Curriculum Strategy course in the MBA Program. He is now teaching his own Elective Curriculum class: Competing With Social Networks. Piskorski is also Managing Director at Market Platform Dynamics, where he consults extensively to large corporations in the financial services industry.

Hilary Schneider, Executive Vice President for North America, Yahoo!
As Executive Vice President for North America, Hilary Schneider is responsible for advertising sales, partnerships and programming in North America and also oversees the company’s global mobile business. Prior to joining to Yahoo in 2006, she held senior leadership roles at Knight Ridder, where she was CEO of Knight Ridder Digital before moving to co-manage the company’s overall newspaper and online business. Before joining Knight Ridder, Schneider served as president and CEO of Red Herring Communications and  held a number of roles at Times Mirror including President and CEO of Times Mirror Interactive and General Manager of the Baltimore Sun. Earlier, she was vice president of Corporate Finance at Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Thomas Tague, Vice President, Thomson Reuters
Thomas (“Tom”) Tague leads the Thomson Reuters division that has developed and is deploying Calais, a free and open semantic-parsing platform. Calais can separate names, facts and events from a block of text and then tag the meaning of the individual words to organize content, enhance search and enable the production of maps and other tools.  His previous positions include Executive Vice President-Client Solutions for Darwin Partners and co-founder and COO for Tessera Enterprise Systems. He also held senior roles at Epsilon and Electronic Data Systems.

John Temple, Journalist
John Temple is the former editor, president and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News, which printed its final edition after almost 150 years on Feb. 27, 2009. Under his leadership, the paper won four Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other national awards for journalistic excellence. Temple also served the E.W. Scripps Co., owner of the Rocky, as vice president/news of the newspaper division.

John Thornton, Partner Austin Ventures/Chairman Texas Tribune
John Thornton joined Austin Ventures in 1991 and focuses on software investing and firm strategy. Previously, Thornton was with McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in the U.S. and Europe. He has worked with companies such as Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW), Dazel (NYSE: HP), Metasolv (NASDAQ: MSLV), Mission Critical (NASDAQ: NTIQ), Motive (NASDAQ: MOTV), Pentasafe (NASDAQ: NTIQ), SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), TechRepublic (NYSE: IT), Tivoli (NYSE: IBM), Vignette (NASDAQ: VIGN), and Waveset (NASDAQ: SUNW). In 2009, he founded the Texas Tribune, a non-profit online news organization, with a $1 million charitable donation and is raising between $4 million and $5 million in donations to support the venture until it becomes financially self-sustaining within four to five years.

Jeffrey C. Ulin, Adjunct Faculty, Haas School of Business, University of California-Berkeley
Jeffrey C. Ulin is Of Counsel to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premiere law firm in Silicon Valley, and also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley.  At Haas, Ulin specializes in the policy, strategy and economics of media and entertainment. In his work at Wilson Sonsini, he focuses on transactions involving the distribution of content and other intellectual-property assets. Earlier in his career, he served as Lucasfilm’s senior distribution executive and also managed the company’s online division. Ulin also co-founded and served as CEO of animation studio Wild Brain and was general counsel for the arm of Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures handling overseas distribution of home-entertainment products.

Marshall Van Alstyne, Professor of Information Economics, Boston University/MIT
Marshall Van Alstyne specializes in the study of information economics and is an Associate Professor at Boston University and a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has researched and written extensively about the ways profitable businesses can be achieved when companies distribute free content and open-source technology. Professor Van Alstyne was among the first to document the productivity effects of IT and communications at the individual desktop level. He received a bachelor’s degree from Yale, and earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. His work has received an NSF Career Award, two best-paper awards, and has appeared in Science, Management Science, Harvard Business Review and the popular press.

Fred Vogelstein, Wired Magazine
Fred Vogelstein is a contributing editor at Wired Magazine. There, and at Fortune Magazine before that, he has watched Silicon Valley evolve from high-tech hub into a nexus for the new media revolution. He has written extensively about the search and online advertising businesses, and, more recently, about the changes in data management and communications that those innovations helped spawn. Earlier in his career, Vogelstein covered finance and high tech for U.S. News & World Report and worked at the Wall Street Journal, Newsday and local papers in New Haven and Los Angeles. He was a fellow in economics and business journalism at Columbia University in New York and has a BA in Political Science from Pomona College outside Los Angeles.

Ellen Weiss, Senior Vice President for News, National Public Radio
Award-winning journalist Ellen Weiss oversees NPR’s worldwide journalism operations, including 19 domestic and 17 foreign bureaus and more than 400 staff members. Her organization produces more than 40 hours of news programming weekly, as well as NPR’s award-winning investigations, long-form series and other special reporting. Prior to being promoted to the position in 2007, she was executive producer for 12 years of All Things Considered. She has been a member of NPR news teams that have won such honors as Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, Overseas Press Club Awards and American Women in Radio and Television Awards.

Kevin Weston, Director of New Media and Youth Publishing at New America Media
A writer, youth advocate and multimedia content producer, Kevin Weston was a founding editor at YO! Youth Outlook and today serves as Publisher of the youth-media portal founded by Pacific News Service/New America Media in 1991.  His reporting and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Oakland Tribune and the Boston Globe among others. Earlier in his career, he worked as a reporter, editor and graphic designer at The San Francisco Bayview and the Post Newspaper Group, which are two of the premiere African-American media in the Bay Area. Prior to embarking on his career as a journalist, he spent 15 years as a case manager at the East Bay Asian Youth Center and Youth Together, a multiracial, violence-prevention and youth leadership organization based in Oakland.

Blair Westlake, Corporate Vice President for Media and Entertainment, Microsoft
Blair Westlake serves as Microsoft’s liaison to the media and entertainment industries, including Hollywood, broadcasters, cable/satellite programmers and the music industry. He directs a cross-organizational group responsible for business development, policies and content licensing for services and products including Xbox Live Marketplace Video store, Windows Media Center Edition PCs and Zune. An executive of Universal Studios for nearly 20 years before joining Microsoft, Westlake has diverse experience in such distribution channels as home video, pay and free television, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, non-theatrical content distribution (airlines, hotels, etc.). His prior experience ranges from television production to strategic planning and from magazine publishing to operating theme parks. Before joining Microsoft in 2004, Westlake consulted for various media companies including Comcast Corp. and NBC Universal and was Executive Vice President of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.