A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jennifer Brinker began her career with the St. Louis Review in 1999 when Pope John Paul II made his pastoral visit to St. Louis. Brinker regularly covers life issues, youth and young adults, health care and Catholic devotions and liturgical-related stories. Her journalistic experience ranges from local stories to those of international interest. Brinker also helps coordinate content for Catholic St. Louis, a bimonthly magazine for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
In 2015, Brinker received a third place individual excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for her writing on topics including married priesthood, sex trafficking, the Ebola epidemic and the unrest in Ukraine. Over the years, she has received numerous CPA awards for feature and news writing. She just began a term with the Board of Directors for the Catholic Press Association.
David Carson began his career at 16 when his mother drove him to his first newspaper assignment because he wouldn't have his license for another two months. Carson, a Boston area native, has worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since 2000. Before arriving in the Midwest he worked at the Naples Daily News in Florida, at the Providence Journal-Bulletin in Rhode Island, and as a freelance photographer in New England.
Carson’s images are featured extensively in the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography that was awarded to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo staff. He has also won numerous other awards for his work over the years. In 2008, his multimedia project "Reporting for Duty" won a regional Emmy award for Advanced Media – Interactivity. In 2009 he was part of a team that was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the "Breaking News Reporting" category for their coverage of the Kirkwood City Hall shootings. He also was named the National Press Photographers Association Region 7 Photographer of the Year in 2011, 2010 and 2009.
He attended college at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he was a photojournalism major and international relations minor.
Back to speakers
Back to sessions
Back to schedule