Emily Rooney was host and executive editor of Greater Boston with Emily Rooney, WGBH’s local issues and public affairs program, for 18 years before reducing her schedule to do the current Friday night “Beat the Press” program at 7pm. Under her stewardship, Greater Boston was honored with numerous New England Emmys, Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Public Affairs Program, and excellence in writing and commentary. Rooney has also received the Dennis Kauff Award for Excellence in Reporting, the Yankee Quill Award from the American Newspaper Society, Reporter of the Year Award from the Mass Bar Association, and has been inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Rooney came to WGBH from the Fox Network in New York, where she oversaw political coverage, including the 1996 presidential primaries, national conventions, and presidential election. When she joined Fox in 1994, she was senior producer of Fox news productions, developing news programming for Fox and producing specials. Prior to Fox, Rooney was executive producer of ABC ‘s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.
Rooney worked at WCVB-TV in Boston for 15 years, from 1979–93, first as assistant news director, then as news director. During her tenure, the station’s news department was honored with numerous top broadcasting awards, including two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, several George Foster Peabody Awards, and the Radio/Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Edward R. Murrow Award for “Best News Operation in the Nation.” Under her direction, the station’s coverage of the 1988 presidential campaign was recognized as the “Best in the Country” by both the RTNDA and the National Headliner Awards.
Throughout her career, Rooney has been a frequent participant in journalism roundtables, sought after for her views on ethics and standards in broadcast journalism and media accountability. Each Friday she hosts “Beat the Press”, a discussion of what the media covered during the week, and why. These lively, critical, and sometimes controversial panel discussions earned the program the prestigious National Press Club’s Author Rowse Award for Press Criticism five times. In spring 2014 the show was honored with Penn State’s national Bart Richards award for media criticism.
Rooney is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC. and has honorary doctorates from UMass Boston and Westfield State. A native of Connecticut, she lives in Boston.
Jadiann Thompson is an Emmy award winning journalist who anchors the 7NEWS 4pm, 4:30pm and 5:30pm weekday newscasts in Boston. She joined 7NEWS in June of 2015. Prior to that, Jadiann was the 6pm weekday anchor for the NBC affiliate in Kansas City – KSHB TV. While in Kansas, Jadiann served as multimedia journalist: on same days, the newscast she was anchoring started with a story she had pitched, shot with her camera, written, and edited. Jadiann received two Emmy awards during this time: for best anchor in the region and for her piece on FCC restrictions on in-flight cell phone use.
Before KSHB, Jadiann was multimedia journalist and fill-in anchor at KPHO-TV in Phoenix, AZ. She won her first Emmy award for a report on WiFi hacking. During her time in Phoenix, Jadiann covered law enforcement, trials, immigration reform, and spent nearly two weeks on the front lines covering the Wallow Fire, Arizona’s largest wildfire in state history.
Jadiann got her start in television news in Casper, WY. She joined KTWO-TV as a multimedia journalist, and was quickly promoted to executive producer and main anchor of the station’s evening newscasts. She also spent time as the assistant news director at the station.
A 2007 graduate of the University of Arkansas, where she studied broadcast journalism, Jadiann interned on Capitol Hill for Congressman (now US Senator) John Boozman. She loves riding horses and being involved in the community, and serves as emcee for charity events, including the ALS Association.
Margery Eagan is the co-host of 89.7 WGBH’s midday program Boston Public Radio. She has worked with co-host Jim Braude for 18 years, first doing a TV show together at NECN then a radio show at WTKK. The duo came to WGBH in 2013.
Eagan was the Catholic spirituality columnist for the Boston Globe’s website, Cruxnow. In 2015 Margery Eagan won first place for excellence in religion commentary at the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual conference in Philadelphia.
She has written for her hometown paper, The Fall River Herald News, as well as the Standard Times of New Bedford, Boston Globe, Burlington Vermont Free Press, Boston Magazine, and the Boston Herald, where she wrote a column for 27 years. Eagan grew up in Fall River and attended Durfee High school. She attended Smith College and graduated from Stanford University. She has three kids and lives in Brookline.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street
6:00 – 8:00pm, Cash Bar
Speakers: Myra Biblowit and Dr. Nadine Tung
President & CEO, Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Myra Biblowit is the president and chief executive officer of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the nation’s highest rated breast cancer organization, with a mission focused exclusively on funding research around the globe.
Myra was appointed to BCRF in 2001, a year when BCRF raised $10.6 million and committed $8.5 million to funding 50 researchers in the United States. This year, BCRF has awarded $48.5 million in annual grants to over 240 scientists from top universities and medical institutions around the globe. In addition, $5.4 million has been committed to the international Founder’s Fund project focused on metastasis. This makes BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. During Myra’s tenure, BCRF funding has enabled many of the most important breakthroughs in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, metastasis and survivorship. Myra has been widely recognized for running one the most financially efficient and transparent non-profits in the country. Under her leadership, BCRF is the only breast cancer organization rated A+ by CharityWatch and has been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002.
Prior to joining BCRF, Myra led successful capital campaigns for many of New York City’s premier institutions, including the NYU Langone Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Central Park Conservancy.
Myra serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Wyndham Worldwide, the Housewares Charity Foundation and the Historic House Trust of New York City. She is a member of the New York Women’s Forum. Myra also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Project Hope for Ovarian Cancer Research & Education. Myra was honored by Women in Development New York, with its 2012 Woman of Achievement Award. She is also a recipient of New York SmartCEO Magazine’s 2013 Brava! Award, which recognizes distinguished women leaders. In 2015, Myra received the “Leadership in Health Award” from the Kelly Cares Foundation. Myra holds a BA from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.