CCMA 2013 Career Workshop Panelist and Recruiter bios

April 20, 2013 @ San Jose State University

Cate Cauguiran

Cate Cauguiran is a reporter for KPIX 5. She was selected as part of the CBS News Development Program, a fast track to network. She joins KPIX 5 from Medford, Oregon. She was the morning anchor, producer and multimedia journalist for KTVL News 10.

Cate graduated from the University of Southern California with her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations, focusing on foreign policy analysis and culture, gender and global civil society in 2008. She returned to her alma mater for her master’s degree in Communication Management in 2010 with a thesis on social media and broadcasting.

Cate started her journalism career interning for KCBS/KCAL, NBC Nightly News and at her college station, Annenberg TV News. She calls herself a “third culture kid.” She is Filipina and a military brat who grew up onU.S. bases in Japan. When she’s not in the newsroom, she’s exploring the food, culture, music and outdoors of the Bay Area.

Crystal Diaz

As a recruiter for the Bay Area News Group Crystal Diaz is committed to attracting and helping candidates navigate the selection and interview process. I recruit exclusively for our advertising sales group and specialize in full cycle sales recruitment. Previously, she worked as a national sales coordinator for 3 years before moving into the recruiting role at Bay Area News Group. She has also worked in outside sales, territory management, sales training and customer service. Crystal earned her Bachelors of Science in 2007 and MBA in 2013 – both from Santa Clara University. She is passionate about how companies utilize and mobilize their workforce. Her future goals include gaining more strategic human resources and talent management experience and shifting into a role where she can help her organization shape a more productive and satisfied workforce.

Brian Domingo

As global public relations manager at Dolby Laboratories, Brian assists in the development and execution of corporate communications strategies, helping grow Dolby reputation as a thought leader and protecting the company’s reputation through external issues and crisis management planning. Brian brings nearly eight years of experience in technology public relations. During his time with Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, he has worked on behalf of numerous Adobe business groups including the education, enterprise, digital video/audio, and Flash Platform teams. Brian has also held corporate communications roles in stints with AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Johnson & Johnson.

Throughout his academic career, Brian was awarded the Bernays Cup National Student Writing Award, the PRSA NJ Pre-Professional of the Year Award, the Professor Sydney Gross Memorial Scholarship, University of the Pacific’s “Graduate Student of the Year” and the PRSSA Gold Key.  He also served as an executive board member with PRSSA’s 2004 Chapter of the Year, Rowan University.  In 2004, Brian graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communication—public relations from Rowan University, and two years later, he received his graduate degree in mass communication from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. A native of Raritan, N.J., he claims that he’s heard every joke about his home state and says only half of them are true. Brian also enjoys working out, playing center field for his city softball team, trying out new restaurants in the city, performing with his band, and dying a little harder each time his beloved New York Mets don’t make it to the playoffs.

Donovan Farnham

Donovan Farnham is the night and verticals Web producer for the San Jose Mercury News and the Bay Area News Group. He’s responsible for managing the late-breaking news on the company’s three major websites and social media feeds for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prior to working at the Mercury News, Donovan worked as a photography, editorial and Web intern for the Silicon Valley Business Journal and as a freelance photographer for the Silicon Valley Community Newspaper group. Before graduating from San Jose State in 2011, he worked at the Spartan Daily as a reporter, photographer, online editor and the paper’s first full-time technology editor. Donovan also worked on a documentary trip that went to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The documentary explored immigration rights and the effect of the real estate bubble burst had on the two major cities within the United Arab Emirates.

Gary Fong

Owner of Genesis Photos and former photographer with the San Francisco Chronicle photographer.

Luther Jackson

Luther Jackson is a program manager at NOVA, the non-profit, federally-funded employment and training agency in Sunnyvale that provides customer-focused workforce development services.  One of his primary tasks has been managing labor market research studies designed to help NOVA and its customers gain a more sophisticated understanding of the dynamic Silicon Valley economy and the impacts on job seekers, employers, educators and other stakeholders.

Prior to joining NOVA in 2009, Luther was executive officer of the San Jose Newspaper Guild.  Before moving to California, he was a reporter at the Detroit Free Press, where he reported on the Michigan economy and several of the state’s Fortune 500 companies.   Luther is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is a board member of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley. He is married to Cecilia Deck, who is chair of the journalism department chair at De Anza College in Cupertino.

Kim Komenich

Kim Komenich is an assistant professor for new media studies at San Jose State University. He received his MA in Journalism in 2007 from the Missouri School of Journalism, where he studied the history and practice of multimedia photojournalism. He worked as a staff photographer and editor for the San Francisco Examiner (1982-2000) and the San Francisco Chronicle(2000-2009.) He was awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for photographs of the Philippine Revolution he made while on assignment for the Examiner.

Komenich has photographed the ramifications of conflict in the Philippines, Vietnam, Guyana, El Salvador, the former Soviet Union and most recently in Iraq, where photos from his three trips to the Sunni Triangle in 2005 earned him the Military Reporters and Editors’ Association’s 2006 Photography Award for large circulation newspapers. He has received the national Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the 1983 World Press Photo News Picture Story Award, and three National Headliner Awards. He is a 2005 recipient of the Clifton C. Edom Education Award and the 2010 Humanitarian Award from the National Press Photographers’ Association. He was a 1993-94 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a fall 2001 teaching fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies at U.C. Berkeley. He was named an Ochberg Fellow in 2006 by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.

His current project “Revolution Revisited” is a multiple-platform retrospective of his 1980’s work in the Philippines. Komenich has reconnected with and interviewed two dozen of his 1980’s photo subjects and he is producing a book, a documentary film, an interactive website and an eBook, as well as U.S. and international exhibitions. The project received the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2012 Journalism Innovation award.

Julio Lara

Julio Lara is a proud child of the Bay Area by way of Daly City, Calif. — home is now Burlingame but has been anywhere from San Jose to Oakland to San Francisco. Currently, he’s a sports and entertainment reporter for the award-winning San Mateo Daily Journal and a recent graduate of the Creative Writing Program at San Francisco State University. In addition to his writing, Julio is a multiple Peninsula Press Club award winner in page and graphic design.

Prior to finding his way onto the Daily Journal editorial staff, Julio spent two years as a Production Artist where he designed for the sales team. He cut his teeth in daily journalism via the Bay Area News Group, where he was a sports correspondent for two years. When he’s not working, Julio puts in time on a very bad poetry collection and fantasizes about writing a decent screenplay one day.

David L. Smith

David L. Smith is an internationally recognized digital advertising and media expert.  As a pioneer of new media application, media strategy, planning and metrics he participated in the creation of first-generation advertising technologies and is an expert on all aspects of metrics in the digital marketplace.

David’s advisory board and industry committee involvement has included the 4A’s, ARF, IAB, I-COM, sfBIG and OPA, where he works to establish and refine standards in metrics, business practices and financial issues for interactive advertising. He was recently inducted into the sfBIG Hall of Fame in recognition of his trailblazing media career that has included continued digital media innovation and a voice of the industry that has always continued to look forward.

Pete Wevurski

Pete is the managing editor of the California Media group, which includes The Salinas Californian, Off68 and El Sol. He directs the newsroom of these Gannett newspapers and digital sites in Salinas. He has extensive experience in directing the reporting, writing, editing, design and production of award-winning daily newspapers and sports sections.

Suzanne Yada

Suzanne Yada is the senior web producer for the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she helps maintain the content for all of CIR’s websites. She has worked as a social media strategist for the San Francisco Public Press, an independent nonprofit news organization in San Francisco. She’s also been a web producer at the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. She was previously a copy editor for the Visalia Times-Delta, a daily newspaper in the heart of Central California. Over the course of her career, she has been involved in at least nine media-related start ups.