Our Judges

Tom Hallman Jr.

Tom Hallman Jr.

tomhallman.com

Tom Hallman Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author. He's been on staff at The Oregonian for more than 35 years where he is now a senior reporter. Hallman has written numerous stories for Reader's Digest, and won every major feature writing award, some multiple times. He was twice a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, and won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Hallman has published several books. His journalism and nonfiction narrative stories explore the significance of big moments and small and their impact on a life. Fun fact, Hallman was once an answer to a question on the television show Jeopardy.

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott

chriselliotts.com

Christopher Elliott is an award-winning author, consumer advocate and journalist. His investigative reporting on behalf of readers, often against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, has earned him a reputation as “every consumer’s best friend.”
He also writes The Travel Troubleshooter, which is syndicated by King Features. You can find it in newspapers across the country, from the San Francisco Chronicle to the Boston Globe. He pens a weekly column for the Washington Post called The Navigator, which focuses on being a smarter, more informed traveler, with a special emphasis on transportation policy. He also writes USA Today’s weekly On Travel column. The feature helps travelers understand the inner workings of the travel industry, and how to make the most of their next trip. Christopher is Money Magazine’s reader advocate, helping readers resolve everyday conflicts with companies and organizations and helping them to avoid future problems.

Jennifer Rooney

Jennifer Rooney

Forbes

Jennifer is editor of the CMO Network at Forbes, where she manages content critical to executive-level marketing decision-makers. She reports on industry trends, research and news; has interviewed hundreds of CEOs and CMOs as part of her ongoing Forbes CMO Interview Series; developed the Forbes CMO University Alumni Series; and plays an integral role in the development of topics, content and programming for Forbes CMO Practice events throughout the year, particularly the annual, invitation-only Forbes CMO Summit. She is co-host of Wharton Business Radio’s “Marketing Matters: CMO Spotlight.”
Prior to joining Forbes, she was editor of CMO Strategy at Advertising Age.
Jenny has 20 years of experience at business publications such as Sales & Marketing Management, where she served as editor-in-chief; Business 2.0, where she served as senior writer covering marketing; and Chief Executive, where she served as contributing editor.
A recipient of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award, her areas of focus have included marketing, advertising and sales; leadership and management issues; digital and emerging media; talent development; health care; and legislative and regulatory issues in multiple industries. She serves as a guest speaker, panelist and moderator at industry events and has provided commentary for various media outlets.
Jenny received a Master of Science degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature/Creative Writing from Miami University in 1992.

Richard Carufel

Richard Carufel

Bulldog Reporter

Richard Carufel is editor of Bulldog Reporter and the Daily ’Dog, one of the web’s leading sources of PR and marketing communications news and opinions. He has been reporting on the PR and communications industry for over 12 years, and has interviewed hundreds of journalists and PR industry leaders.

Elizabeth Newman

Elizabeth Newman

McKnight's

Elizabeth Leis Newman has been the senior editor at McKnight's Long-Term Care News since March 2011. She was previously the editorial manager at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore, and before that was a reporter for Capital-Gazette newspapers in Annapolis. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Originally from Virginia, Elizabeth now lives in Chicago with her husband and four cats.

Kyla Cathey

Kyla Cathey

Lodi News-Sentinel

Kyla Cathey has been a journalist for more than 10 years. She's the lifestyles and entertainment editor for the Lodi News-Sentinel, a staff writer for Earth.com, and has had articles published at various websites including mental_floss, Elephant Journal, Catster, The Portalist and Creative Live.