PRSA, the nation’s leading professional organization serving the communications community, announced two additional keynote speakers to be featured at ICON 2020. Laurie Garrett and Nina Jankowicz join previously announced speakers Jon Meacham, Carolynn Johnson and Lata Nott.
The fully digital gathering for professional communicators and students of the profession will be held Oct. 26-29. Information about how to register as well as additional conference details and schedules can be found here.
Laurie Garrett is the only writer to have been awarded all of the “Three P’s” of journalism: The Peabody, Polk (twice) and Pulitzer. An experienced science writer, she is the author of
“The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance,” “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health” and “I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks.” With the advent of the new coronavirus, she has been dubbed the woman who predicted the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nina Jankowicz, the author of “How to Lose the Information War,” studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe as the Wilson Center’s Disinformation Fellow. She has advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications under the auspices of a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship. Prior to her Fulbright grant in Ukraine, she managed democracy assistance programs to Russia and Belarus at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
“We are honored to welcome Laurie and Nina as speakers at ICON 2020,” said Garland T. Stansell, APR, PRSA 2020 Chair. “The subjects of health and the dissemination of information are key issues of our time, and each will share their unique perspectives and help frame the ongoing conversations surrounding these topics.”