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The Paley Center for Media explores how media influences attitudes, behaviors, and actions, as well as shapes public discourse, on important social and cultural issues.

The Role of Media in Economic Equality

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Bertha Coombs, Reporter, CNBC
William A. Darity Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics & Director, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University
Ana Navarro, Political Strategist & Commentator, CNN, Telemundo, and ABC's The View
David Robinson, Cofounder, Admiral Capital Group; NBA Hall of Famer
Moderator: Shomari Wills, Journalist & Writer

The latest program in the acclaimed Paley Impact series explores the effects of income equality and COVID on communities of color.


BET: Uniting Brands and Networks for Change

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Scott Mills, President, BET Networks
Kim Godwin, Executive Vice President, CBS News
Derrick Johnson, President & CEO, NAACP
Damon Jones, Chief Communications Officer, Procter & Gamble
Dennis Williams, SVP, Corporate Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility, WarnerMedia
Moderator: Danielle Belton, Editor in Chief, The Root

As our society wrestles with the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and with a national election just a few months away, we find ourselves at the crossroads of history. The content we create now can inspire, and lead to permanent change. This conversation will include executives from several major brands and content providers which are leading the effort to address racial inequality, social justice, economic empowerment, and civil rights.


The Impact of Journalism: How Reporters on the Front Lines Are Keeping the Public Informed

Weijia Jiang, White House Correspondent, CBS News
Omar Jimenez, Correspondent, CNN
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University; Contributing Opinion Writer, New York Times
Moderator: Charles Whitaker, Dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

A conversation on June 25, 2020, about the unique challenges facing today’s broadcast journalists who are in the very midst of covering the unprecedented stories happening all around us.


Educate, Inform, and Make an Impact: The Role of Media

Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
John Kasich, Former Governor, Ohio
DeRay Mckesson, Activist; Host, Pod Save the People
Moderator: Charles Whitaker, Dean of the Medill School of Journalism

The Paley Center brought together leading political figures and commentators on June 8, 2020, for an essential discussion on the media coverage of the nationwide protests that followed the tragic murder of George Floyd.