Keynote Speakers

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16

_PhilippsDave Philipps

Dave Philipps is a Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent for the New York Times where he writes primarily about the military and veterans affairs. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, he graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism in 2002.  He worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette from 2002 to 2014 as a features reporter, writing about everything from alligator wrestling to helicopter skiing, and climbing all 54 of the state’s 14,000-foot peaks. In 2009, he won the Livingston Award for his coverage of soldiers committing violent crimes after coming home from war. The series was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2014, he won the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting for a series on the rise of other-than-honorable discharges that judges cited for “expanding the examination of how wounded combat veterans are mistreated, focusing on loss of benefits for life after discharge by the Army for minor offenses.”

_CiagloMichael Ciaglo

Michael Ciaglo is a staff photographer at the Colorado Springs Gazette where he recently worked as the photographer on the Other than Honorable series that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. Ciaglo graduated from the University of Oregon where he received a bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism and Communication with a focus in photography. His work has been featured in major publications including The New York Times, Time magazine, Sports Illustrated and CNN. Ciaglo recently was awarded two honorable mentions in National Press Photographers Association’s 2014 Best of Photojournalism Competition and named the NPPA 2013 Region 9 Photographer of the Year.

_BeanJoanna Bean

Joanna Bean has lived in Colorado since 1975 and been a journalist at The Gazette for nearly 25 years. She grew up in a southwest Denver suburb and earned a journalism degree at Colorado State University. At The Gazette, she was hired as a business reporter and has since worked as deputy features editor, business editor, a local news editor and, most recently, managing editor. She has produced dozens of award-winning stories as a writer and editor at The Gazette, including the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning Other than Honorable series, which appeared in The Gazette in 2013.


2 p.m. Friday, April 17

_TorresZahira Torres

Zahira Torres is a reporter with The Denver Post investigations team, where she has reported on security issues at Denver-area high schools and was part of the team for a special report on a recent nationwide poll of Latino demographics and attitudes. Torres joined The Denver Post in April 2013. Torres was previously the Austin bureau chief for the El Paso Times in Texas. A native of El Paso, Torres began her career in journalism 15 years ago with a part-time position writing obituaries for the El Paso Times. Torres has won several state and national awards, including the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ top honor for a yearlong investigation that exposed a cheating scheme in El Paso’s largest school district, which denied an untold number of public school students a proper education. The superintendent went to prison, several administrators resigned or were fired and the elected school board was removed, making the district the largest in the state’s history to face such a severe sanction.