Policy & Popcorn: “The Role of Journalism in Policy”

About the Session
No matter how much time you invest in your research, your impact will be limited if your results never catch the ear of those with the capacity to act on them. Journalism—and the media in general—is one important way to amplify scientific findings that can influence decision-making. This panel discussion will explore the journalistic process, how the media helps shape policy, and what the implications are for scientists.

About the Speakers

Melanie Curry reports for Streetsblog California, one of a network of online sites throughout the nation that report on local sustainable transportation issues. Melanie joined the Streetsblog team in 2014 as California editor to cover statewide transportation policy, with a focus on sustainable modes, funding, and related issues like climate change. She earned a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and worked for several years in transportation consulting and with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Before getting her planning degree, she worked for many years as an editor, including ten years as editor of Access, which publishes transportation research from the University of California.

Steve Kulieke is Senior Director of Communications at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. Kulieke has worked as a communications professional for more than two decades. He was a vice president in the Sacramento office of the global public relations agency Porter Novelli, where he received an Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America. As a journalist, he was a member of the Chicago City Hall Press Corps and national news editor of The Advocate magazine, the nation’s largest LGBT publication.

Randol White is Anchor/Reporter for Capital Public Radio's All Things Considered. He is a Northern California native with more than two decades of radio, television, web and print experience. Prior to coming to Capital Public Radio, Randol was the first-ever news director at KCBX Public Radio on California’s Central Coast. He spearheaded a newsroom from the ground up, based on NPR-style reporting guidelines blended with a strong focus on the issues and topics important to his local audience. Earlier in his career, Randol anchored and reported at stations in California, Wisconsin, and Oregon.