Speakers

Dave LaBelle, Alexandra Garcia and Jarrad Henderson

We’re excited to announce our 2020 keynote speakers.

Alexandra Garcia, The New York Times

Alexandra Garcia is a director/producer for The New York Times’ new television show ‘The Weekly,’ where she makes films on topics ranging from investigations to culture. In her last role, she was a senior story producer at The New York Times, where she oversaw and produced marquee documentary and interactive projects. Previously, she filmed, reported and edited video stories at The New York Times and The Washington Post for more than a decade.

Garcia has been awarded top honors in the News and Documentary Emmy Awards as well as the Edward R. Murrow, NPPA Best of Photojournalism and POYi contests.  In 2012, she was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. 

Jarrad Henderson, USA Today

Jarrad Henderson is a two-time Emmy award winning senior video producer for USA Today’s Investigative and Enterprise video unit. Previously, he was a staff photographer with the Detroit Free Press for three and a half years, where he was named the 2014 Multimedia Photographer of the Year by the Michigan Press Photographer Association.

Recognized for being a forward thinking, digital savvy, media and video production expert, Henderson helps others pursue their dreams through his roles as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, multimedia judge for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program and as the chair of the NABJ Visual Task Force. When he’s not working, you can find him at the nearest roller rink, singing along to your favorite R&B artist.

David LaBelle

Dave LaBelle has been a photographer, editor, teacher, author and lecturer. After beginning at the Ventura County (California) Star-Free Press as a weekend sports shooter and lab man while still in high school, LaBelle has worked for 20 newspapers and magazines in nine states, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he was assistant manager editor for photography. LaBelle’s love for feature photography and his ability to hunt out feature ideas has helped him win numerous awards. He was runner-up to W. Eugene Smith for the first Nikon World Understanding award in 1974 and runner-up for the NPPA National Photographer of the Year award in 1979. In 1991, NPPA honored LaBelle with the Robin F. Garland Award for photojournalism education.

LaBelle has written five books, including “The Great Picture Hunt.” In 2002, the Photographic Society of America Inc. honored LaBelle with the International Understanding Through Photography award. LaBelle has taught photojournalism at Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky and directed the photojournalism sequence at Kent State University from 2010-2016. He now teaches photography with The Athens Photo Project in Ohio, a non-profit art program that promotes mental health recovery. In his words, “My life’s mission is to use the gifts God has blessed me with to be a blessing on others in any way I can.”

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