SSU and KRCB to Co-Host ‘Ethics and Journalism’ panel discussion featuring NPR luminaries

October 12, 2018

(Sonoma County) Sonoma State University and Northern California Public Media, which includes KRCB TV, KPJK TV and KRCB FM, are inviting the public to attend a special panel discussion on ‘Ethics and Journalism’ featuring such media luminaries as National Public Radio Ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen and longtime NPR Producer and Host Alex Chadwick. The panel discussion will be held Monday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in the Cooperage building at Sonoma State University.

Jensen serves as the public's representative to NPR, responsible for bringing transparency to matters of journalism and journalism ethics. She receives thousands of listener inquiries annually and responds to numerous queries, comments and criticisms. She will be inviting the public to give feedback on NPR’s programming. Chadwick, whose distinguished news career has included working for ABC and CBS, was instrumental in the development of NPR's Morning Edition program in the 1970s and has served as an on-air personality for such programs as All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.  

The panel also will include Paul Gullixson, Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications at Sonoma State, who is a former Editorial Director for The Press Democrat and is currently co-leading a Osher Lifelong Learning Institute class on “Fake News, Real News and the 2018 Midterm Elections.” KRCB News Director Steve Mencher will be moderating the discussion.

“This forum will focus on the challenges contemporary journalists face and the standards they employ in doing their jobs in a time when their professionalism and factual accuracy is so often called into question,” said Gullixson. “Given our deep partisan divisions and debates about what is ‘truth,’ these discussions come at a critical time for our democracy.”

The forum will begin with a “Meet and Greet” session at 3:15 p.m. when members of the public will be able to interact with both Elizabeth Jensen and Alex Chadwick. The panel discussion will follow at 4 p.m.

The event is free, although parking on campus of $5 for an all-day pass. The public is encouraged to RSVP by sending an email to or by calling the reservation line at 707-584-2050.

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