The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication announced its lineup of speakers for the 44th annual Murrow Symposium, Wednesday–Thursday, April 3–4, on the WSU Pullman campus.

The event brings together influential journalists, producers, strategists, advertising and public relations executives, and educators to discuss the most important and emerging trends in the communication industry.

“The Murrow Symposium is consistent with WSU’s pursuit of an outstanding educational experience for its students,” said Bruce Pinkleton, dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. “This event, rich with industry leaders, provides a unique, out-of-the-classroom opportunity for students to develop applicable skills and cultivate important industry relationships.”

Key speakers include:

  • Melissa Block

    NPR special correspondent
    2019 Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award winner

  • Nick Allard

    AMS sealed meteorologist
    KIRO Seattle

  • Jessamyn McIntyre

    Executive producer
    710 ESPN Seattle

  • Mark Wright

    KING5 TV news anchor

Master Classes and Workshop speakers include:

  • Alex Alben

    Chief privacy officer
    Washington State

  • Tim Brodeur

    Manager, Senior Consultant Team

  • Rachael Chamberlin


  • Scott Foreman

    Managing partner

  • Jamerika Haynes

    CleverJam Communications

  • Eric Prock

    Principal/brand strategist
    Microsoft News

  • Scott Shigeoka

    Community and design lead

Additionally, Murrow Symposium has an all‑star lineup of panelists representing diverse areas of the industry, including broadcast media, digital media, corporate communications, branding, public speaking and public relations. See a lineup of all speakers at the Murrow Symposium website.

Also notable is a special performance by the Pullman Stand Up Comedy Club, noon–1:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 3.

“The communication industry is evolving rapidly, and we are committed to preparing our students to hit the ground running once they graduate,” said Corrie Wilder, marketing director and clinical assistant professor at the Murrow College. “We’ve added a career fair, increased our one‑on‑one coaching opportunities and included additional hands‑on production workshops to make this a premier event for networking and student development.”

Symposium registration is now open and there are media passes available upon request. For questions regarding media credentials, queries or scheduling interviews, contact Wilder at Follow @murrowcollege or #Symposium44 on Twitter for the latest news and updates.