2019-03-26 - Guest speaker at Feature Writing class at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis300-level Feature Writing class from 3 to 4:14 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2018. The 3-credit lecture class was taught by Chris Lamb.
On March 15 and 16, 2019, the CBD Expo Midwest 2019 was held at the Indianapolis Marriott East. From 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 15, 2019, I was honored to be asked to be a moderator at the “CBD vs. THC” panel. Here's the description:
“With CBD taking center stage this year, there has been increased coverage of this 'miracle' compound in the news. But it’s important to remember that THC is also a very important cannabinoid with some very powerful properties. While many enjoy the calming benefits of CBD without the psychoactive effects, dose-dependent effects of THC can be very beneficial for a variety of medical conditions. Cannabis science has rapidly advanced in the past year, with studies published in top-tier journals on CBD, THC, and CBD:THC. By comparing and contrasting the isolated effects of each ofthese compounds and how they interact in the brain and body, we can better understand how the endocannabinoid system works.”
Here are the self-submitted biographies of the panel:
News Editor, NUVO
Rob Burgess is a nine-time award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in print, radio, online and television. He is currently News Editor at NUVO. Before that, he was City Editor, Opinion Page Editor, and Editorial Board Member at the Kokomo Tribune; and Managing Editor of the Indiana Lawyer. He was also a reporter at WFHB, the Times-Mail, The Reporter-Times, Ukiah Daily Journal, and Ukiah Valley Television.
Investigative Reporter, CBD Spa
Brad has been in the Cannabis Industry for over 3 years and has been an outspoken advocate for legalization, decriminalization, and proper regulation. While he was a partner with California Weed Blog, he produced the CannaBiz Expo in Los Angeles, was the lead editor, and investigative journalist. With a focus in Cannabis Science, Business, and Politics, Brad has written and spoken on many topics that have educated thousands of people and changed the course of California Regulation. Brad is now living in Florida and has his sights on Adult-Use in the state. He will be presenting a bill on the floor for the 2019 session to legalize and decriminalize Cannabis State-Wide with the assistance of many leaders in the industry from multiple states, which will be one of the most comprehensive, progressive, and structured bills to date.
Founder, MZM, Inc.
Brandon is an award winning change agent and educator, having gained an understanding of social and ecological entrepreneurship at an early age. He has led public and private workshops on design solutions for over a decade and has presented across the globe, including MIT, Yale, the United Nations University in Tokyo and many other venues on his work in Indiana, sustainability and zero emissions. He is currently working with a variety of organizations from global industries to small not-for-profits and local municipalities along with entrepreneurs, pushing the boundaries, inspired by the innovations found within nature while exposing others to the opportunities to do better with what we have. Brandon is a ZERI certified practitioner and promoter of the Blue Economy (theblueeconomy.org) and has traveled extensively to nearly 40 countries researching dozens of global projects, learning, and sharing along the way. He has appeared on numerous radio shows, TV spots, and newspaper and magazine articles in central Indiana and internationally.
Owner, Medie Edie’s and Elite Health and Wellness stores
I was born and raised in Indiana. I became a marijuana activist in 2008. I have always been interested in the healing property of the cannabis plant. What turned my interest into a passion was our family dog’s battle with epilepsy. This became the reason I moved my family to Michigan in 2014. After extensive research, and getting certified I started an edible and extract company. Medie Edie’s has successfully been setting a standard for our industry since 2014. It has been my dream to be able to bring back to Indiana my knowledge and expertise and apply it in hemp and CBD. I am looking to vertically integrate from working with the best farmers, to processing and making available a top quality product for consumers.
Director of R&D, Nemadji
Eric is the Director of Research & Development for Nemadji/ExtraktLAB where he leads the extraction, refinement, and formulation of hemp oil and isolates. Prior to Nemadji, he was Director of a Cannabis testing lab and several THC manufacturing facilities in San Diego. Eric earned his B.S. in Bioengineering from Arizona State University and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of California San Diego.
2018-12-04 - L. Keith Bulen Symposium on American Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
On Dec. 4, 2018, I was honored to be asked by Aaron Dusso, department chair and associate professor of political science, to be a part of the Media Panel at the L. Keith Bulen Symposium held every two years at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Here is how the event is described on the official website:
An across-the-aisle discussion about American politics
Every other November, the L. Keith Bulen Symposium on American Politics brings together politicians, political staffers, journalists, and scholars to discuss the latest election and look to the next one.
The one-day event cuts through the sound bites to talk about politics in a more meaningful way. Each symposium includes a media panel, presentations, and a discussion with the Indiana party chairs.
IUPUI’s Department of Political Science hosts the symposium, which is free and open to the public.
Please join us Dec. 4, 2018, for this year’s Symposium, "Politics Near and Far: From Grassroots Organizing to Judicial Decision Making." This year’s keynote speaker is the Honorable Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. In addition, we will have a serious of excellent discussion panels with political journalists, community organizers, and state party representatives.
Since 1998, the Bulen Symposium has been the premier forum for active discussions of American political parties, elections, and other important issues relating to our political system. Please join us as we bring together political practitioners, journalists, and scholars to discuss the politics that shape our world.
First held in 1998, the Bulen Symposium has had many prominent participants, including former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, former Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard, and current Indiana governor Eric Holcomb. Political reporters who have participated include Jim Shella, Amber Stearns, Amos Brown, Lesley Weidenbener, and Tony Cook.
About L. Keith Bulen
L. Keith Bulen was a prominent political figure in Indiana. He worked in government for nearly half a century, and was elected or appointed at the block, precinct, ward, county, district, state, national, and international levels.
Bulen cultivated the initial successes of Richard Lugar and helped shape the careers of many other leaders and officials. He helped develop metropolitan government in Indianapolis (Unigov), and was involved in the management of campaigns for U.S. Congress, governor, and president. President Reagan appointed him a commissioner of the International Joint Commission, which prevents and resolves disputes between the United States and Canada over boundary waters.
Republicans and Democrats came together to establish this symposium in honor of Bulen’s life.
(Photo credit: Amanda Friesen)
The Media Panel was up first on the schedule:
9:10 - 10:30 a.m. Media Panel
Barbara Brosher —Senior News Editor and Reporter, WFIU and WTIU in Bloomington, IN
Prior to joining the NPR and PBS Bloomington stations, Barbara worked as a reporter and anchor for WNDU in South Bend, IN. She has received multiple AP awards for her reporting.
Kaitlin Lange—Statehouse Reporter, Indianapolis Star
Prior to joining the Star, Kaitlin covered the state legislature for the Evansville Courier & Press. She began her career as News Editor and was promoted to Editor-in-Chief at the Ball State Daily News where Kaitlin earned her political science, journalism, and telecommunications degrees.
Lesley Weidenbener—Managing Editor, Indianapolis Business Journal*
Prior to joining IBJ, Lesley covered politics and government for over 20 years for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, and the TheStatehouseFile.com.
Rob Burgess—News Editor, NUVO
Prior to joining NUVO, Rob was a city editor and editorial board member at the Kokomo Tribune and managing editor of the Indiana Lawyer. He has won numerous awards from the AP and Hoosier State Press Association.
Dr. Kristina Horn Sheeler—Executive Associate Dean, IUPUI Honors College, and Professor
of Communication Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts
* = Lesley Weidenbener did not attend the event, but was scheduled.
2017-03-26 - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kokomo speechOn March 26, 2017, I gave a speech titled, "The role of the press in the current political climate."
2015-10-11 - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kokomo speechOn Oct. 11, 2015, I gave a speech titled, "The True Threat to Marriage."
2014-09-21 - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kokomo speechOn Sept. 21, 2014, I gave a speech titled, "Separation of Church and State."
2013-10-20 - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kokomo speech
On Oct. 20, 2013, I gave a speech titled, "The Development of Empathy." It was featured in the Kokomo Tribune's Church News.
2018-08-24 - Sounding Off guest appearance
Aug. 24, 2018, I was asked to be a guest on the Sounding Off podcast by host Brandon Chapman:
The story in question was my Aug. 22, 2018 story in NUVO, "Colts Announcer Bob Lamey Resigns After Use of N-Word."Rob Burgess, News Editor for NUVO, calls in to talk about his role in the Bob Lamey story, the reason for passing it on to WTHR, and the reaction/fallout of the details involving Lamey leaving the Colts.
I have edited, uploaded, and embedded the interview here:
2016-01-08 - Workers' Voice Show guest appearance
I was recently a guest on The Workers' Voice, a radio show on Indiana Talks hosted by Indiana University Kokomo Labor Studies Program associate professor Patrick Hill (who was out sick) and Randy M. Obenchain. You can listen to the show in its entirety by clicking this link. It's under the Jan. 8, 2016 heading. You can also listen to it on SoundCloud, Stitcher and iTunes.
Host Randy M. Obenchain and guest host Rob Burgess, Night Editor for the Kokomo Tribune, discuss events of the 2015 year as well as 2016 predictions concerning the working class.I've embedded the episode here: