Morning Cast

Aaron Weiss

  • Title:  Integration Manager at KGW
  • Bio:  For the past 8 years, Aaron creates 3 brand-new daily newscasts: Live @ 7, NewsChannel 8: Decision 2008, and NewsChannel 8 @ 10.  He has produced Portland’s #1-rated 11 pm newscast for 3 years and specials, breaking news, and other newscasts as needed. He is also the on-call manager for weekend news operations.
  • Contact Information:  @TheSquare

Ali Manzano

  • Title:  Social Media & Engagement Coordinator at the Oregonian
  • Bio:  Ali is a Portland native, coffee addict, Pepperdine grad who loves to swim, run, cycle, surf and eat chips.
  • Contact Information:  @alimanzano, @oregonian

Anita Kissee

  • Title: Reporter, Anchor, Producer
  • Bio: Anita Kissée joined the KATU news team in April 2005 and covers local politics and urban issues.  As a reporter, anchor and producer, Anita has worked for television stations and networks around the country.  Anita has been awarded the Edward R. Murrow award, nominated for several Emmy Awards and recognized by the Associated Press in Oregon and Idaho.
  • Contact Information: @anitakissee,

Bill Boyd

  • Title: Fire Chief/Emergency Services Director, City of Bellingham
  • Bio: Bill is an Incident Commander for the Northwest Incident Management Team (Type III All Hazards Team), USFA Executive Fire Officer Designation, 30 years fire service, former firefighter/paramedic, Public Information Officer.  He chose to be an early adopter of social media initially motivated by a desire to keep track of his kids.
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Brian Barker

  • Title:  Communications Officer, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
  • Bio:  Brian spent 11 years as a TV news reporter (most recently at Portland’s KATU-TV) before he made the jump to the other side of the camera as a professional communicator. Now Brian responds to incidents for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue as a Public Information Officer. He created TVF&R’s blog, Facebook page and Twitter presence and helped write the agency’s social media policy.
  • Contact Information:  @brianbarker

Bruce Elgort

  • Title: Chairman, OpenNTF Alliance & Digital Strategist
  • Bio: Bruce is a visionary digital strategist, lover of technology and sought-after speaker who has defined and developed social business strategies for a wide-range of businesses and corporations. Hailing from New York, he is very social, and might just be your next best friend.
  • Contact Information: @belgort,

Carl Click

  • Title:  News Reporter
  • Bio:  Carl joined KATU in 2005 after 22 years in the Portland television market covering news and sports.  Carl is a native of Vancouver, WA, and still lives in his hometown with his wife.  Carl’s work has earned him several Emmy nominations. He’s won reporting awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Radio and Television News Director Association.  He was inducted into the Clark County Hall of Fame in 2008.  Away from the newsroom Carl volunteers for many community activities. He is the chairman of the Vancouver School District’s Citizen’s Committee for Good Schools.  He’s coached youth baseball and soccer.  In his spare time, Carl enjoys playing golf, coaching high school basketball and tennis, and painting watercolors.
  • Contact Information:  @KATUNews

Cheryl Bledsoe

  • Title: Division Manager, Emergency Management at the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA)
  • Bio: Cheryl is a wife, mother, emergency manager, youth leader, sociologist, mediator, former juvenile counselor and friend.  She has been responsible for implementing the social media footprint at CRESA which included policy development, management of blogs, Facebook Fan Pages and various Twitter handles.  She also chatters frequently on the #SMEM (Social Media in Emergency Management) hashtag and administrates which collates activities from a national perspective. She loves using this technology for outreach and engagement.  She is not techy & often needs help with TV remote controls and powerpoint presentations.
  • Contact Information: @cherylble, @CRESA, @sm4EM,

Chris Martin

  • Title: President of Chris Martin Studios
  • Bio: Chris is a documentary filmmaker, photographer and writer in the Portland, OR area. While he enjoys being a one-man film and photography crew, he does play well with others.
  • Contact Information: @cmstudios, Facebook Fan Page,

W. Craig Fugate (Via Video Message)

  • Title:  Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Bio:  W. Craig Fugate was appointed by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 13, 2009 to serve as the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). On May 18, 2009 Administrator Fugate reported to FEMA bringing with him a wealth of leadership experience to the emergency management community.  Prior to coming to FEMA, Mr. Fugate served as Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). In that role since 2001, he managed 138 full-time staff and a budget of $745 million. His agency coordinated disaster response, recovery, preparedness and mitigation efforts with each of the state’s 67 counties and local governments.
  • Contact Information:  @craigatfema

David Hablewitz

  • Title: Digital Strategist
  • Bio: David has been in the software industry for 26 years.  He was working with Social Media long before it was called “Social” anything.  He has focused his career on bringing people and technology together, finding innovative ways to solve business needs.  His specialty is communication and collaboration software.  He currently works on the cloud computing team at Microsoft but also consults for IBM customers.
  • Contact Information: @davehabz,,

Denise Rowlett

  • Title:  Deputy Director, Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA)
  • Bio:  Denise began work with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office in 1999, and moved into the Emergency Management Agency in July of 2008 with a focus is in Emergency Management Planning and Operations.  Denise is often the brains behind a concept and helped to bring PCEMA into social media by creating the PCEMA Facebook Page.  She is currently in the process of doing a forklift upgrade to the PCEMA webpage. 
  • Contact Information: @disasterdenise,

Eric Holdeman


Frank Mungeam

  • Title:  Director of Digital Media at KGW News
  • Bio:  Frank is an award-winning Television Producer and Manager with eighteen years experience for network affiliates in Seattle (NBC) and Portland (ABC), where he earned eight Emmy nominations for TV writing and producing.  An accomplished athlete, Mungeam has climbed to the summit of the country’s tallest volcano, 14,410-foot Mt. Rainier; he’s a two-time finisher of the Boston Marathon, a top-25 finisher at the Portland Marathon, and an All-American on the national Atlas Snowshoe Racing team.  Mungeam is also the author of the popular men’s pregnancy book A Guy’s Guide to Pregnancy, and the proud co-author of a son, David.  Mungeam draws on his management and athletic experiences to write, coach, and speak on what it takes to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • Contact Information:  @KGWNews, @frankwords

Gahlord Dewald

  • Title:  President & Janitor at
  • Bio:  As an internet strategist, Gahlord works with organizations to develop creative assets and content designed to achieve business objectives.  He has more than 11 years experience designing websites, producing animation and conducting branding/identity work for entrepreneurial organizations of all sizes.  He frequently speaks on web development, analytics and marketing issues for business audiences. Most recently including Inman Connect in San Francisco, Blogworld in Las Vegas, Blogger Connect in NYC, the Women’s Small Business Development Program in Burlington, Vermont and the Vermont 3.0 Tech Jam and Conference also in Burlington. He also writes a weekly column for Inman News on technology and marketing in lead generation businesses.  Outside of work, he is active in Burlington’s cultural life as arranger and musical director for a puppet opera company, college-level animation teacher, and bassist in a wide variety of situations ranging from community orchestras to improvisatory rock ensembles.
  • Contact Information:  @gahlord

Gunnar Simonsen

  • Title:  Digital Media Architect
  • Bio:  Gunnar currently serves as the Digital Media Architect for the Humanitarian International Services Group, and The International Disaster Response Network. He also consults for several best-selling authors in the area of PR/Marketing.  Previously, Gunnar spent his time overseeing several retail business chains in various sectors with annual revenue in the multi-millions. While managing all aspects of these businesses, Gunnar developed a reputation for his out of the box creativity, leadership ability, and for being a visionary. 
  • Contact Information: @gunnarsimonsen,

Jack Burkman

  • Title: Vancouver City Council Member
  • Bio: Jack served on the City Council from 1998 through 2001 and was elected again in November 2009. He spent a career at Hewlett Packard where he managed all aspects of new product development from inception to launch into global markets. He is skilled in business and technical management, as well as managing and helping people reach their full potential. Today his life is focused on being in service to his community, while working part-time as a consultant. Jack holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified Professional Coach.
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Jason Hillard

Jeff Pulver

  • Title: Chairman and Founder of
  • Bio: Jeff is one of the true pioneers of the VoIP industry and a leader in the emerging TV on the Net industry. Leveraging well over a decade of hands-on experience in Internet/IP communications and innovation, Mr. Pulver is a globally renowned thought leader, author and entrepreneur. His blog is well read within the IP Communications Industry and in high-tech communities around the world. He is the publisher of The Pulver Report and and creator of the industry standard Voice on the Net (VON) events. Additionally, Mr. Pulver is the founder of FWD, the VON CoalitionPrimeTimeRewind.TVVivox and is the co-founder of VoIP provider, Vonage.
  • Contact Information: @jeffpulver,

John Reid

  • Title:  President of Incident Knowledge Resources (IKR) Consulting, Inc.
  • Bio:  Utilizing his more than 20 years experience in the areas of Emergency Management and Safety and Security, John has created training and informational seminars focused on Preventing Violence in the Workplace, Crisis and Conflict Management, Emergency Preparedness, Humor in the Workplace, and the impact of Social Media in Emergencies.  As a former stand up comedian, John is able to identify areas where humor can help to alleviate stressful situations and uses this method in his speaking. With the inception of IKR Consulting, John is able to focus on his passion of helping individuals and organizations prepare for emergency situations, natural disasters and violence prevention. 
  • Contact Information:  @thejohnreid

John Wiesman

  • Title: Director of Clark County Public Health
  • Bio: John has been the director since July 2004 and with his leadership the Southwest Washington region implemented a four county and one tribe, single incident management team response to H1N1. It was also his department’s initial venture using social media. John serves as the Vice-President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and will become its President in 2012. He is pursing his DrPH in health leadership at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his MPH in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University and his BA in biology from Lawrence University. John began his public health career as an HIV test counselor in 1986.
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Kalei Taylor

  • Title:  Deputy City Attorney, City of Portland
  • Bio:  Kalei is a Deputy City Attorney with City of Portland.  She is the primary lawyer for Bureau of Technology Services, focusing on software license agreements, open data initiative, contract negotiation, government purchasing, and lately – lots of social media.  Her portfolio for City also includes public records, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent, licensing), liens, collections, foreclosures, and anything that may have happened on a computer.
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Leslie Koziara, CRM

  • Title: Electronic Records Management Consultant
  • Bio: Leslie joined Washington State Archives in November 2006.  Leslie has years of “in the trenches” experience working in the private, corporate, and public sectors doing records management and business administration.  She moved over from the Department of Ecology, where she was the records manager and public disclosure coordinator for the Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) where she was responsible for managing the records and fulfilling disclosure requests for the12 counties and 187 staff in the SW region.   In 2011, Leslie earned her Certified Records Manager (CRM) designation.
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Libby Tucker

  • Title: Web Editor
  • Bio: Libby manages news content on and oversees The Columbian’s Web and social media strategies. She is a former technology and finance reporter and a founder of the Innovate Clark County community in partnership with the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council.
  • Contact Information: @libbytucker,

Lise Harwin

  • Title: Communication Director at the American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter
  • Bio: Lise describes herself as a “pitcher of preparedness, seller of safety, and aficionado of alliteration.”
  • Contact Information: @liseharwin, @redcrosspdx,

Maileen Hamto

Mark Jamieson

  • Title: Police Detective, Public Information Officer
  • Bio: Mark is one of three full -time Public Information Officers for the Seattle Police Department, the largest police department in Washington State.  In addition to the traditional PIO duties, Mark and the other detectives have embraced social media with our Blotter and Twitter posts.
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Matt Kinshella

  • Title: Communications Director, 211info.
  • Bio: Matt is the Communications Director at the nonprofit 211info where he created the agency’s external relations department. He specializes in digital marketing, specifically social media, branding and strategic planning. Learn more about 211info at and learn more about Matt at
  • Contact Information: @211info, @mkinshella 

Nate DiNiro

  • Title:  Founder & Executive Producer of Open Affairs Television
  • Bio:  Currently Nate is bootstrapping a media start-up that focuses on coverage of open source, Gov 2.0 and Health 2.0.  He is also an experienced entrepreneur and tech professional who enjoys meeting the challenges that come with shaping an organization during its formative stages. Some of the organizations Nate has worked with include Intel, Perot Systems, Sprint, Goldman Sachs, Chase Bank, Washington Mutual, Bank of America, Hypovareinsbank, Bouygues Telecom, ICG, Alltel, Motorola, Freightliner, and IBM GIS.
  • Contact Information:  @unclenate, @openaffairs, @codeforhealth

Sam Adams

  • Title:  Mayor, City of Portland
  • Bio:  Sam became Portland’s mayor in 2009.  In 2010, Adams in his State of the City address was praised by environmental organizations and criticized by coal advocates for his successful efforts to shrink Portland’s carbon footprint through programs such as Clean Energy Works, the nation’s first on-bill financing for home retrofitting.  Adams also became known for leading the creation of Portland’s “Citizen Reports” iPhone application. He also appeared in Portlandia‘s second episode as Sam, assistant to the Mayor of Portland.
  • Contact Information:  @mayorsamadams

Scott Reuter

  • Title:  Disaster Enthusiast, Current President of Oregon Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (ORVOAD)
  • Bio:  Project manager for Clatsop County Long-Term Disaster Recovery Committee and current president of Oregon VOAD. Member of Astoria CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Clatsop County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services).  Area of expertise is in disaster planning/mitigation for museums and private collections to lessen or prevent damage in earthquakes.
  • Contact Information:  @sct_r, @ORVOAD

Stephanie Fritts

  • Title: Director, Pacific County Communications and Emergency Management Agencies
  • Bio: Stephanie began work with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency in 1996, and the responsibility for 9-1-1 operations was added in 1999.  Stephanie is most importantly a daughter, mother, and grandmother of three with an additional grandchild in the works.  Technology is not Stephanie’s strong point, but she willingly jumps into the fray, often unsure of where she’ll end up.  
  • Contact Information:  @tsunamisteph, 

Tiffany Estes

  • Title:  Business Owner and Volunteer
  • Bio:  Tiffany is a graphic designer, web designer and writer, and owns Whole Brain Creative in Astoria, Oregon. She is also an active community volunteer, serving as president of the downtown association and incoming president of the Astoria Rotary Club. 
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