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DBAN Centennial Reunion, October 12, 2019 #DB100

The Daily Bruin Alumni Network’s centennial celebration is here! In addition to presenting the second DBAN Distinguished Alumni Award to National Geographic Partners’ Gary Knell , this year we are thrilled to be awarding four scholarships to deserving students on the newspaper.


Daily Bruin Office
118 Kerckhoff Hall

12:30 – 5 p.m. | Open Office
Come read archived copies of papers dating back to before 1919. Take a look around the newsroom and catch up with fellow alumni and students. Refreshments will be provided.

James West Alumni Center
Tom Davis Founders’ Room

12:30 p.m. | Check-in begins

1 – 1:50 p.m. | Covering the Southland: Reporting in L.A.
What does it take to cover the Los Angeles area? How has local journalism in the region changed over recent years? Join reporters from Southern California news organizations for a discussion on covering L.A., delving into its unique challenges and opportunities.
Speakers: Penny Arevalo (Southern California News Group), Jeong Park (O.C. Register/SoCal News Group)

2 – 2:50 p.m. | Hollywood’s Impact in 2019
Where better to delve into the intricacies of the entertainment world than in Los Angeles? Hear from longtime media voices about the current state of the industry and its staying power in an age of social media.
Speakers: Steve Chagollan (DGA Quarterly), Brian Lowry (CNN)
Moderator: William Thorne (Variety)

3 – 3:50 p.m. | State of the Daily Bruin
The current management team will give updates on happenings at the paper and field questions from alumni.
Speakers: Angie Forburger (Daily Bruin editor in chief), Joy Hong (Daily Bruin managing editor), Kristie-Valerie Hoang (Daily Bruin digital managing editor)
Moderator: Emaan Baqai (2016-17 Daily Bruin digital managing editor)

4 – 4:50 p.m. | Student & Young Alumni Careers Panel
Alumni from various fields and stages of their careers will discuss how they got there and the journalistic skills that helped. Current staffers and young alumni will gain insight on the professional world. There will be lots of time for Q&A.
Speakers: Zachary Aron  ‘94 (Deloitte Consulting LLC), Amber Keller ’95 (J. Paul Getty Museum), Sara Randazzo ’08 (The Wall Street Journal), Stephanie Tran ’10 (The Walt Disney Studios)

4 – 5 p.m. | Tours
Organized campus tours with current staffers will depart from the newsroom. The office will remain open for mingling.

Evening program
James West Alumni Center

5:30 – 7 p.m. | Kick-Off Reception

7 – 9 p.m. | Program and Dinner
Program will include dinner, presentation of the second Distinguished Daily Bruin Alumni Network Award, a ceremony to honor the initial Daily Bruin Alumni Network student scholarship winners. Dress is business casual.

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Gary E. Knell ’75
Chairman of National Geographic Partners

The DBAN is thrilled to celebrate Gary Knell as this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award honoree. Knell’s career in media spans more than three decades. In his current role at National Geographic Partners, he guides National Geographic television, print and digital assets and related activities in travel and consumer products. Previously, he spent four years as President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, overseeing nonprofit activities in science, exploration, education and media innovation.

Prior to National Geographic, he served as President and CEO of National Public Radio. He spent 22 years at Sesame Workshop, using the power of media to inspire and educate children as President and CEO for 12 years.

A lifelong advocate for journalism, Knell has a B.A. in political science from UCLA and was Editorial Director when he worked for the Daily Bruin in the 1970s. He started his career as a stringer for the Associated Press.

Dinner Program Emcee

Francesca Manto ’16 Video Editor/Host

Manto, who graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Global Studies & Digital Humanities, shoots and edits videos for in New York. She hosts a 4-part video series – Halo-Halo that explores the changing landscape of Filipino food in America. She previously worked for NowThis News, editing breaking news videos.

Manto was the Daily Bruin’s first social media director and worked as an editor in The Bruin’s video department, previously.

Thanks to our Event sponsor, Scripps!