Events MJF has hosted

MJF has hosted many events, with the following speakers:


Rick Ludwin, former Vice President of Late Night & Prime Time Entertainment at NBC

Vy Spears, manager of corporate communications at Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Amber Hunt, podcast team of Enquirer Media

Amanda Rossmann, podcast team of Enquirer Media

Rachel Rudwall, Host & Travel Expert for lifestyle and news programs on ABC, HLN, and Travel Channel

Daniela Pierre-Bravo, “Morning Joe” booking producer

Tom Andrika, director of Growth and Development at George P. Johnson

Kevin Blackistone of The Washington Post and ESPN

Ben Garbarek, a political reporter for the ABC/Fox affiliate WSYX-TV in Columbus, Ohio

Sarah Pasquinucci, associate director for Procter & Gamble’s North America Baby Care Communications

Rachel Petri, communications director for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Dignity of Work Tour

Ally Seibert, a writer and producer for “The Rookie” on ABC-TV in Los Angeles

Clinton Yates, a senior writer for “The Undefeated” and panelist on “Around the Horn,” both at ESPN

Danielle Jones, assistant VP and Sr. Public Relations Manager from Fifth Third Bank

Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati

James Pilcher of The Cincinnati Enquirer

Kate Murphy of The Cincinnati Enquirer

Liz Dufour of The Cincinnati Enquirer

Bob Strickley of The Cincinnati Enquirer


Brooke Gladstone of "On The Media"

Kate Fagan of ESPN

Jessica Contrera of The Washington Post

Alicia Elsner of KSDK in St. Louis

Mary Patrick of Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications

Jeremiah Shuff of Saturday Night Live

David Spunt of CBS3 of Philadelphia

Steve Susi of OmniCom agency Critical Mass

Alex Tyree of Spike DDB

James Francis Flynn, documentary filmmaker

Tana Weingartner of WVXU

Mark Curnutte of Enquirer Media

David Eicher of Astronomy Magazine

Kathryn Miles, author of "Quakeland"


Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, producers of the "Making of a Murderer"

George Packer, author, journalist and New Yorker contributor

Dawn Porter, filmmaker

Lynn Berry Smith, host of Weekend Express on HLN’

Jeff Pegues of CBS News

Amy Storer Scalia, editor of of Cincy Chic

Laura Melillo Barnum , former executive director of Yum! Brands Foundation

Chris Molnar, producer of NCIS: Los Angeles

Irene Lusztig, documentary filmmaker

Katty Kay, BBC Anchor

Kevin B. Lee, film critic and filmmaker

Gary Moore, journalist and author

Rick Ludwin, former executive vice president of late night and entertainment programming at NBC

Ibukun Ibraheem, assistant project manager for Adidas

James Earl Cox III of game design company Seemingly Pointless

Cristina Rue of SKD Knickerbocker

Arsalan Iftikhar, media commentator and human rights lawyer 

Thomas Evans, who directs CNN news operations of 14 bureaus in Europe, Africa and Asia


Wil Haygood, author and journalist

Eric Deggans, NPR media critic

Jay Brock of First Group

Brianne Kistler of Wordsworth Communication

Darcy Schwass of Vehr Communications

Walter V. Robinson of The Boston Globe

Charles M. Blow, the Visual Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times

Jennifer Duck of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360

Ida Lieszkovszky Hargitai of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

David Kelbaugh of Tacklebox Brand Strategy

Yvette Simpson, attorney and Cincinnati city council woman

Chad Wollett of the Tonight Show

Rick Ludwin, former NBC-TV senior vice president for late night and entertainment programming

Jason Mittell, professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College

Branson Wright, Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer

Beth Whelley of Fahlgren Mortine

Marni Goldberg, director of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

Emily Siedlak, a foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State

Joe Stephens, the Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton

Michael Perry of Vehr Communications

J.D. Vance, author of the New York Times bestseller "Hillbilly Elegy"

Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning author


Fred Cook, Golin CEO

Alissa Quart, author and freelance journalist

Carrie Cochran, Enquirer Media

Paul Daugherty, Enquirer Media

Elana Levine, associate professor in the Department of Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Wil Haygood, author and journalist

Eric Harvey, a media scholar, music critic, and journalist as well as an assistant professor in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University

Rick Green of Enquirer Media

Peter Bhatia of Enquirer Media


Charlayne Hunter-Gault, journalist

Juan Williams of NPR

Carolyn Washburn of The Cincinnati Enquirer

Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist/immigration reform advocate

Alex Kotlowitz, author/journalist

Ron Haviv, photo journalist

Bruce Watson, author and journalist

Andrew Revkin, New York Times reporter

Piper Kerman, author of "Orange Is the New Black"

Keith Beauchamp, filmmaker

Alex Blumberg, former producer of “This American Life” on NPR

Rick Ludwin, former Vice President of Late Night & Prime Time Entertainment at NBC

Ashley Mallon Walters of Powerhouse Factories

Pulkit Datta, a writer filmmaker

Beth Stebner, a lifestyle editor/digital for the New York Daily News

Christine Brennan, a USA Today sports columnist