Telling the immigration story: An SPJ panel discussion

Critics have long said the U.S. immigration system is broken and badly in need of a major overhaul. But, efforts to reform the system at the national level have largely floundered, as critics of reform worry it will offer “amnesty to illegal aliens.”

The Houston Chapter of SPJ will host a panel discussion to examine ways in which the media portrays the issue of immigration reform and explore ways to better tell this complex and important story. The panel will comprise speakers with a broad range of expertise on the subject of immigration, looking at the subject from a legal point of view, as well as the perspective of big-city and small-town journalists.

Panelists include Gordon Quan, former Houston City Councilman and noted immigration attorney; Susan Carroll, immigration reporter for the Houston Chronicle; and Andy DuBois, executive editor of the Houston Community Newspapers.

The program will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, inside the lobby of the University of Houston’School of Theater and Dance.

Bio information:

• Gordon Quan

Board Certified-Immigration and Nationality Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization; American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); Chair of the Texas Chapter of AILA; Specialist in Immigration Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; Advisory board of the Center for Immigration Research of the University of Houston; Houston City Council; Former President of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials for the National League of Cities

• Susan Carroll

Houston Chronicle Journalist of the Year, 2012; Houston Press Club Print Journalist of the Year, 2011; Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, First Place Freedom of Information, 2011, Feature Writing, 2011; Stanley Walker for Best Newspaper Journalism for the Texas Institute of Letters finalist, 2008, 2011; Livingston Award finalist, 2008; Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors, first place business reporting, 2005; Arizona Press Club Virg Hill Journalist of the Year, 2002 and 2003; Institute for Justice in Journalism Fellowship, 2003; AAPME first place beat reporting, 2001 and 2002

• Andy DuBois

Andy DuBois has been executive editor of Houston Community Newspapers since June 2012 and editor of its North Group for three years. He has worked for HCN for more than 12 years in various positions, including night editor, city editor, managing editor and editor of The Courier, the daily newspaper of Montgomery County. Prior to working for HCN, DuBois worked for the Brownsville Herald from 1993-99 as a sports reporter, news editor and sports editor. He also worked as the sports editor of the Bastrop Advertiser twice-weekly newspaper while a student at The University of Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas in 1993. He serves on the board of Leadership Montgomery County, is a member of the Conroe Noon Lions Club, and contributes to other service groups and nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County.

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