Who'll You'll Hear from at IMC

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Katarina Hybenova is a media entrepreneur, founder, CEO & editor-in-chief of Bushwick Daily. Born and raised in Slovakia, her background is in international business law. In 2014 she was a fellow at Tow Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. Katarina currently works on Village, a platform, which rethinks hyperlocal news and the way we consume local ads to be launched in early 2015. She is married, has three cats, and secretly dreams of becoming an aerialist. 


Justin William Lin is the founder of BKC Brooklyn Central and has been working as a freelance fashion and portrait photographer and educator since 2005.  His work has appeared in numerous print and digital publications, including W, Harper's Bazaar, Time Out New York, V Mag, Style.com, Coutorture among others. Commercial clients include Erickson Beamon, Polham (Korea), Adam Kimmel, Oak, Viva Radio, Dillard's, Tous and many others.  Justin's photographic work has been on exhibition in the US and internationally. 


Kate Lee is a Senior Editor at Medium, where she leads recruitment of influential individuals and organizations to establish a presence on the platform, helps produce high-quality content, works closely with product teams, and implements support systems for VIP users. Previously, she was a literary agent at International Creative Management (ICM), where for ten years she built and ran her own business representing approximately 100 clients, with a focus on sourcing and developing content, shaping and packaging ideas, deal and contract negotiation, and branding, marketing, and publicity strategy. Widely recognized as an industry leader and a pioneer in content development, she was profiled in a New Yorker story as the first agent to see greater media potential for online talent.

Jere Hester is director of the award-winning NYCity News Service at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Hester, who writes about pop culture for NBC Local Integrated Media, is the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby" and founder of Books by Brooklyn. The lifelong Brooklyn resident is the former City Editor of the Daily News, where he worked 15 years as a reporter and editor.


Sandra Allen is the Deputy Features Editor of BuzzFeed. She co-founded and runs the online-only literary quarterly Wag's Revue. A graduate of the University of Iowa's MFA in nonfiction, she's working on her first book.


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Amanda Hesser, CEO & co-founder, Food52, is an entrepreneur and best-selling author. She is a co-founder of Food52, which has won both the James Beard Awards’ Publication of the Year and the IACP's Best Culinary Website, and she's been named one of the 50 most influential women in food by Gourmet. Before Food52, Hesser was a reporter at the NewYork Times, and the food editor at the Times Magazine. She wrote the award-winning books Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, and edited the essay collection Eat, Memory. Her last book, a Times bestseller and the winner of a James Beard award, is The Essential New York Times Cookbook. She played herself in Julie & Julia.

Brendan Spiegel is the Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Narratively, a digital publication dedicated to "slow storytelling." As a writer, his work has frequently appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, New York magazine and many other publications. He is also the founder of the Endless Simmer food blog and a regular restaurant columnist for Brooklyn Based.


Margit Detweiler is the founder and editor-in-chief of TueNight.com, a storytelling site for Gen-X women to share where they've been and what's next. Margit is also president of Gyrate Media, LLC  a content strategy and editorial development firm based in Brooklyn. With 20 years experience as a media executive, Margit has led the editorial vision for some of the top media brands. 


Rochelle Billow is the associate web editor at Bon Appétit and author of the food, farming, and cooking memoir, The Call of the Farm. Before joining the team at BA, she worked as a farmhand and cook at a small full-diet farm in Central New York. For more information, please visit RochelleBilow.com.


Carey Polis is the senior web editor for Bon Appétit magazine. Prior to joining BA, she was the food editor for The Huffington Post. Carey received her masters degree in Food Culture & Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and attended Johns Hopkins University for undergraduate. She is always game for an aperol spritz and eats more cheese than you.

Stacie Grissom is editor-in-chief of BarkPost at Bark & Co, the New York based startup dedicated to making dogs happy. Stacie leads the BarkPost team as it celebrates dogs and the bonds they form with their humans. During her tenure as editor-in-chief, the BarkPost has gone from a company blog to a thriving, revenue generating content site.  Stacie is currently in a long-distance dog relationship with a three-legged labrador back in Indiana and spends her free time crafting.


Lee Rowland (@berkitron) is a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. Lee has extensive experience as a litigator, lobbyist, and public speaker. She serves as lead counsel in federal First Amendment cases involving public employee speech rights, illegal arrest for reading protected material, and state secrecy surrounding the lethal injection process. She also authors amicus briefs and blogs on topics including the intersection of speech and privacy (e.g., restrictions on mug shots and nudity; the right to be forgotten, copyright injunctions), student and public employee speech, obscenity, and the Communications Decency Act. Lee serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor for NYU Law’s Technology Law and Policy Clinic, and is a member of the New York Bar Association’s Communications and Media Law Committee. 


Jill Filipovic is a senior political writer for Cosmopolitan. A frequent speaker and on-air commentator on gender, political and legal issues, Jill is a former weekly columnist for The Guardian and editor of the website Feministe. Jill is also a non-practicing lawyer, and dabbles in artisanal vermouth.


Jake Dobkin, publisher and co-founder of Gothamist, and was born and lives in Brooklyn. He attended PS321, JHS51, Stuyvesant, Columbia, and NYU, where he got an MBA. He claims to have never been away from New York City for more than ten weeks in the last thirty-six years. Surprisingly, his mortal enemy is...milk. You can learn more about Jake at facebook.com/jakedobkin or @jakedobkin


Ned Berke is the senior editor and associate publisher of Corner Media. He is a lifelong Sheepshead Bay resident. A Rutgers University alum, he has worked in community press, trade publications and international/travel reporting before launching Sheepshead Bites in 2008 and Bensonhurst Bean in 2011. His work has won accolades from New York City news outlets, including being named Best Local Blog in 2010 (The L Magazine) and Best Local Affairs Website in 2011 (CBS), and Ned has been named one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars (2012) in New York City by City & State, a leading outlet for politics and media. 

Dodai Stewart was raised in New York, where she attended the Bronx High School of Science and was a screenwriting major in the Dramatic Writing Department at NYU’s Tisch School Of The Arts. Formerly the deputy editor (and one of the founding editors) at Jezebel.com, she is now the Director of Culture Coverage at Fusion. She was a contributor to the Book of Jezebel and she has written for Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Glamour, and The New York Times. She lives in Manhattan with a misanthropic chihuahua.


Lawrence Marcus writes and edits articles, produces video and takes photos for both foodandwine.com and its sister site FWx. He touches most of the brand's social media and runs its Instagram account. He's a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where he wrote his master's thesis on the sommeliers of New York City.