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The Carolina Public Press Speakers Bureau

The Carolina Public Press team possesses experience and knowledge in a variety of areas including topical issues such as public lands, sexual assault and prisons; industry-specific topics related to nonprofit journalism, news-based community engagement, and investigative reporting; journalism-specific skill development; North Carolina issues and news ecosystem; and more. Members are available for virtual and in-person events, group meetings, conferences, panels and classes of all sizes and types. We also have experience in moderating panel discussions and debates, offering presentations and facilitating group meetings and listening sessions.

See below for available members, suggested topics and examples of appearances, panel presentations and more. Carolina Public Press is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organization and relies upon the support of individual donors, foundations and sponsors/underwriters to operate.

Jack Igelman

Lead Environment Reporter

Contributor Jack Igelman has covered top environmental issues for Carolina Public Press for nearly a decade, including the pending forest management plan from the U.S. Forest Service for many years, development, coastal health, and the connections between the environment and the economy.

Jack holds a graduate certificate from the UNC School of Media and Journalism, and he received the Best Feature Reporting and News Feature Writing Award from the North Carolina Press Association in 2018. Co-author of Trekking the Southern Appalachians and currently teaching college-level economics, Jack’s reporting has appeared in dozens of local, regional and national publications. He lives in Buncombe County.

Suggested topics for Jack Igelman:

  • Environmental issues in North Carolina, including climate change
  • Public lands: culture, economy and environment
  • Environment and the economy
  • Environmental journalism in North Carolina
  • Trends in the outdoors, including hiking and cycling

Selected publications and appearances:

Suggested topics for Laura Lee:

  • News reporting and editing
  • Women’s leadership
  • Legal issues in media
  • Audience engagement

Selected media appearances:

  • WUNC Radio, “Behind the glass with Laura Lee” (2016)
  • WUNC Radio, “‘The State of Things’ producer picks: a look back at 2015 with Laura Lee” (2015)

Laura Lee

News Editor

As a former lawyer, Laura has an interest in the intersection of media and law.

She taught media law as an adjunct professor at the UNC School of Media and Journalism and offered a commencement address to the UNC School of Law Class of 2007.

Laura was selected for the competitive Online News Association Women’s Leadership Accelerator and currently coaches women in media through the Digital Women Leaders program.

She has served on numerous panels for the NC Press Association, Open Government Sunshine Week, Leadership Raleigh Media Day, and the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment. She lives in Durham County.

Kate Martin

Lead Investigative Reporter

Kate Martin has expertise in investigative and data journalism. Since arriving in North Carolina, Kate has reported extensively on sexual assault laws and support structures for victims in North Carolina.

Kate is the recipient of the 2020 Friends of Residents in Long Term Care Media Award, multiple awards from the N.C. Press Association; the Golden Quill Award from the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault; and the Blethen Award, recognizing her work in consumer affairs for her work on discrimination against VA buyers in the Seattle real estate market.

She has made numerous appearances in digital, TV and radio programs on a variety of topics. She lives in Orange County.

Suggested topics for Kate Martin:

  • Public records access
  • Sexual assault prosecutions
  • Sexual assault nurse examiners
  • Collaborative journalism
  • Data journalism
  • The news ecosystem from a statewide lens

Selected media appearances:

Sexual assault: victims’ rights, prosecution, legislation

Open government

Suggested topics for Angie Newsome:

  • Developing a news organization
  • Building a nonprofit
  • Government transparency and public records access
  • North Carolina news ecosystem
  • Civic and audience engagement
  • Collaborative journalism
  • Nonpartisan mission-driven journalism with impact
  • News entrepreneurship
  • Public service and investigative news and its role in democracy

Selected publications and appearances:

Angie Newsome

Founder and Executive Director

With nearly 20 years of experience in daily, online and magazine journalism in her native North Carolina, Angie Newsome has expertise in the evolution of media in the state, as well as the development of nonprofit media organizations like Carolina Public Press. Under her leadership, Carolina Public Press has grown from a one-person organization to a statewide force in nonpartisan in-depth and investigative journalism in the public interest.

In addition to leading Carolina Public Press, Angie is chair of the board of directors of the NC Open Government Coalition, a coalition of media groups, public information officers, attorneys, data professionals and others interested in open government and public transparency. She has won multiple recognitions, including a New Media Women Entrepreneurs award from J-Lab and the McCormick Foundation. She lives in Buncombe County.

Frank Taylor

Managing Editor

Frank Taylor is an experienced moderator for panel discussions and debates.

Aside from journalism, he has also done academic work in history, including colonial and revolutionary North Carolina, and serves as an adjunct professor of history at Brevard College.

Frank has received numerous awards for investigative reporting and other writing, editing and photography throughout his career and is a three-time winner of the N.C. Press Association’s Freedom of Information Award. He’s frequently appeared on local, regional and statewide radio programs and Carolina Public Press’ The Kicker podcast. He’s also served as a guest speaker for college and high school classes and for civic organizations. Frank lives in Buncombe County.

Suggested topics for Frank Taylor:

  • In-depth perspectives on news media management
  • Organizing and overseeing investigative reporting projects
  • Government transparency and public records access
  • Journalism in North Carolina
  • Journalism 101: sourcing, organization, editing, more
  • Issues facing rural North Carolina
  • Impact of news deserts on democracy

Selected media appearances:

Suggested topics for Jordan Wilkie:

  • Election integrity
  • North Carolina’s election cycle and process
  • Election technology and administration
  • Conditions of confinement in prisons and jails, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic

Selected media appearances:


COVID in prisons

Jordan Wilkie

Staff reporter

Jordan Wilkie is a staff reporter and Report for America corps member with Carolina Public Press. 

Jordan has reported extensively on COVID-19 in prisons and on the federal and state election process. He has been interviewed multiple times for digital, TV and radio outlets on subjects including elections and prison issues related to COVID-19.

Jordan is available to speak on elections, including security, technology and administration, and on conditions of confinement in prisons and jails, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. He lives in Durham County.