DONALD A. HAYNER- Editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, Hayner has been a general assignment reporter, a personal finance writer, a neighborhood beat reporter, and a Sunday features writer. He became the city editor, metro editor, and then managing editor. He has also coauthored three books. Hayner is a graduate of Ripon College and John Marshall Law School. After three years of practicing law, Hayner switched careers and went to work as a reporter at City News Bureau. From there he went to the Suburban Tribune, where he was a reporter and later a columnist. He is married, has two sons, and lives on Chicago's South Side.
A writer, artist, and social justice activist, she has also worked as international press secretary to the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Gadlin has served as press adviser to a number of national human and civil rights leaders, among them Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.). She is currently his press secretary and communications director. Her writings have been published by Third World Press and a number of university publishing houses. Gadlin has also worked as magazine editor, beat reporter, and special contributor to BlackPressUSA. She is a playwright and founder of the Nommo Gathering Black Writers Collective in Chicago.
MARIO D. PARKER
A native of Chicago's South Side, she knew she was destined to become a journalist when in high school she reported on the shooting death of a fellow classmate at the Chicago Vocational Career Academy. She earned a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a reporter-intern at the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Teresa is a recent graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she earned a master's in broadcast journalism and recently started a documentary company called OverFlo Produxions.
VINCENT C. ALLEN
Pastor and founder of Agape Fellowship Ministries in Stafford, Virginia, he is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and a retired U.S. Marine who served more than two decades in service to his country, working over the course of his career on all levels of administration, including as administrative chief for two former assistant commandants of the U.S. Marine Corps. He also served in Naples, Italy, with Allied Forces, Southern Europe, where he founded a ministry serving both Italians and Americans. He currently pastors in Stafford, Virginia.
An award-winning journalist, she is currently a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, where she writes about minority affairs and covers Chicago's south suburbs. Throughout high school, Bowean worked as a reporter at the Knoxville News-Sentinel. She later interned at the Boston Globe, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal and had stories published in the Washington Post while producing work for National Public Radio. She worked as a reporter at the Times-Picayune and began working for the Chicago Tribune in 2004. At the Tribune, she distinguished herself by covering the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in New Orleans.
JOSEPH A. KIRBY
A writer and editor whose work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, New York Times, Washington Post, and Black Enterprise magazine, he is a native of the Bronx, New York. He became interested in journalism after a grade-school classmate's shooting death was chronicled in a local tabloid. After graduating from New York University, Kirby joined the Chicago Tribune, where he was soon promoted to national correspondent. He currently runs Between The Lines, a corporate communications and writing firm.
A native Missourian, she grew up in St. Louis, just across the Mississippi River from her grandparents in Alton, Illinois. She received a B.A. in English literature and film studies from Washington University, and an M.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently teaches composition and creative writing in Ohio and serves as the assistant editor of the literary magazine Storyglossia. Her varied literary and journalistic works have appeared in a number of publications, including Sauce Magazine, Playback St. Louis, Keyhole Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Weekly, Pank Magazine, and the Washington Post.