Natasha Copeland is an Emmy award winning journalist, with more than two decades of experience. She is a news assignment editor for NBC 4 in Washington, DC. Natasha develops, plans and fact checks daily breaking news, community -related news, and major local and national news. She has been the logistical lead for stories that include General Elections to live community events. Currently, most news coverage revolves around the Covid 19 pandemic.
Natasha’s focus is on The People in her private life as well as her media career. She and her husband, now retired from law enforcement, are community advocates and activists for the underserved.
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Editor’s Note: It was truly a pleasure interviewing Natasha whose compassion for the people she serves is matched by her perseverance in becoming a leader in an industry where there are few women of color. Now working from home given COVID-19, she maintains both her family and her NBC staff with grace and extraordinary skill. Dealing with the heart-breaking stories of the pandemic era, Natasha Copeland is an inspiration. She’s a reminder that media, like medical personnel, serve on our front lines.
Oluwaseun Babalola is a Sierra Leonean-Nigerian-American filmmaker who founded DO Global Productions, a video production company specializing in documentaries and docuseries in Africa. Her focus is to create and collaborate on projects across the globe, while providing positive representation for people of color. She is a co-founder of BIAYA consulting, a consulting firm that bridges resource and knowledge gaps for Africa entrepreneurs in emerging industries. BIAYA’s first project was a convention in Lagos, Nigeria to help build a sustainable creative industry that can grow and export content.
Sybil Topel serves as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. She led the marketing department for a boutique architecture firm in Nashville prior to earning her Master’s degree in Fine Arts in Atlanta in 2014. As a media consultant her clients included insurance companies, healthcare systems and FedEx. She has worked in communications for AT&T and SunTrust Banks. Sybil started her career as a journalist.
David B. Grinberg is a strategic communications expert, brand ambassador, featured blogger and expert on the media. His 25-years of work experience includes The White House, Congress (Office of House Majority Leader), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Deborah Levine interviews David about his media management work during Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the destruction of NYC Twin Towers on 9/11. David shares his federal experience as well as his advice for the private sector.
Alison Gerber is Editor and Director of Content at Chattanooga’s daily newspaper, The Times Free Press. She manages a newsroom of 75 people who produce a daily newspaper, three magazines, and five weekly community newspapers. Alison serves on the boards of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and the Associated Press Media Editors.
The newspaper recently launched an initiative proposed by the Mayor’s Council for Women in partnership with Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI) where prominent women in the community contribute articles to the business section. The Times Free Press has been recognized with awards including the Tennessee Press Association’s top honor for the past three years. The paper was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in three of the last five years.
Sipes has 35 years of national & state experience as media affairs & social media manager. He served as the Sr. Public Affairs Specialist for a federal justice agency and has over 50 awards for his media relations work. – http://leonardsipes.com
A former police officer, Sipes managed America’s most popular audio & video podcasting site for crime & justice issues. He was the primary spokesperson on crime prevention for the federal government for 10 years, advised presidential & gubernatorial campaigns, and owns/writes for Crime in America:http://crimeinamerica.net.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Sipes is a former Associate Professor for criminology & public affairs and the author of Success With the Media: Everything You Need To Survive Reporters and Your Organization (Available at Amazon: https://amzn.com/151948965X)
Javier Cámara is the Co-Founder, CEO and “the product guy” at beBee. A successful Internet entrepreneur and big data & architecture expert, Javier created several systems and advertising platforms during his career that led up to engineering beBee’s big data platform. He also served as CEO of Professional Communities (engineers & doctors) and Co-Founder/ CTO at Canalmail.
beBee is a Personal Branding Platform founded by serial-entrepreneurs Javier Cámara and Juan Imaz. The network allows people to showcase and share their personal brand and market themselves, complimenting and expanding other social networks. Diverse users can network respectfully with each other through common personal and professional interests and easily build on personal affinities.