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Journalism in a Time of Disruption 
SABEW’s 56th annual Spring conference will explore the many challenges – and opportunities – our industry faces today. Through skills session, keynotes and networking, we’ll help reporters and news managers do their jobs better and make sense of what’s happening in our industry. We look forward to seeing you at ASU’s casual campus setting in sunny Phoenix where you’ll get a chance to connect with colleagues old and new and ensure that business journalism continues to thrive.

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Friday, May 17 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Autonomous Driving and Last-Mile Solutions

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This panel will examine the potential economic impact of self-driving vehicles and how they can complement existing transportation systems and provide "last mile solutions,” referring to the challenging last leg of travel for people or goods from a transportation or distribution hub to their final destination.

This panel features Tekedra Mawakana, chief external officer for Mountain View, Calif.-based Waymo. Her company has been operating autonomous vehicles in the Phoenix area since 2016 and launched the nation’s first paid, autonomous ride service, Waymo One.

Scott Smith is CEO of Valley Metro, the regional transit agency that provides bus, rail and other transportation services in a more than 500-square-mile area. Smith was mayor of Mesa, the third largest city in Arizona and one of the locations where Waymo vehicles operate.

Ryan Randazzo is a business journalist at The Arizona Republic who has extensively reported on the confluence of self-driving vehicles operating in the Phoenix area. He'll offer story ideas and tips about covering autonomous cars.

Rich Barbieri, executive editor of CNN Business, will moderate the panel. Rich oversees digital coverage and newsgathering for CNN’s worldwide coverage of brands, media, markets, economics, technology, and personal finance.

Room 252 – Cronkite classroom, located on the 2nd Floor of ASU’s Cronkite School, 555 North Central Ave., Phoenix.

Welcome
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Rich Barbieri

Executive editor, CNN Business
Rich Barbieri is the executive editor of CNN Business, one of the top business and financial news destinations. Barbieri oversees digital coverage and newsgathering for CNN's worldwide coverage of brands, media, markets, economics, technology, and personal finance.

Speaker
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Tekedra Mawakana

Chief external officer, Waymo
Tekedra N. Mawakana is the Chief External Officer (CXO) at Waymo — formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project. In this role, Tekedra leads Waymo’s external engagement organization, overseeing the teams responsible for public policy and government relations, public affairs, communications, marketing, an... Read More →
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Ryan Randazzo

Business reporter, Arizona Republic
Ryan Randazzo is a Phoenix native who has been a business reporter for The Arizona Republic since 2007. He has most recently covered technology, energy and politics. He lives about one mile north of the intersection where a woman was killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle in 2018 and... Read More →
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Scott Smith

CEO, Valley Metro
Scott Smith is the CEO of Valley Metro responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of an expanding regional transit network in metro Phoenix, Arizona. The Valley Metro system is a partnership of 18 cities, towns and Maricopa County, offering bus, light rail, paratransit... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm MST