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Thursday, March 16 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Welcome Reception & (Not-So) Late Night Provocations

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As part of this year's Welcome Reception, we'll be trying something new called (Not-So) Late Night Provocations! Provocations are a 5-7 minute talks where you can say something challenging, candid, heartfelt, satirical, potent, or necessary to all of your colleagues on the religion beat. What does our community need to hear, right now? How can we collaborate with one another? What can we do differently? And how can we grow our field?

So grab a snack and a drink, get cozy, and listen to some of your colleagues share some of their deepest thoughts!

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Sarah Ventre

Investigative Audio Journalist
Sarah Ventre is a Peabody-nominated audio journalist best known for her work as host of the award-winning podcast Unfinished: Short Creek, about a fundamentalist Mormon community on the Utah-Arizona border. As part of her reporting for Unfinished, Sarah embedded in Short Creek an... Read More →

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Kelsey Dallas

Managing Editor for Religion, Sports and Trending News, Deseret News
Kelsey Dallas is the assistant managing editor for religion, sports and trending news at the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. She holds a master's degree in religion from Yale Divinity School. Kelsey has worked on a number of sports and religion projects in recent months, including... Read More →
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Holly Meyer

News Editor, Associated Press, Global Religion Team
Holly Meyer is the global religion news editor for The Associated Press. She is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience working at U.S. newspapers and the wire service. She is a big fan of finding stories at the intersection of religion and sports. She is... Read More →
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Bob Smietana

National Reporter, Religion News Service
Bob Smietana is a veteran religion reporter and a national writer for Religion News Service. A former RNA president, he’s the author of Reorganized Religion, a look at American’s changing religious landscape.
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Deepa Bharath

Reporter, Associated Press, Global Religion Team
Deepa Bharath is a reporter on AP's Global Religion team. Prior to taking on this role in February 2022, Deepa was a staff writer for the Orange County Register and the Southern California News Group for 16 years, where she covered a number of beats including religion, race, heath... Read More →
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Kimberly Winston

Freelance Religion Reporter
Kimberly Winston is a freelance religion reporter. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, on NPR's and Five-Thirty-Eight’s news sites. For the last three years she has a been a producer and contributor to the public radio show “Inspired,” a production... Read More →

Thursday March 16, 2023 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
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