Meeting/Event Information

Media Crystal Ball: 2020 Forecast — Tampa Bay’s Leading Journalists Predict Year’s Hottest Topics

January 29, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Brio Tuscan Grille
Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607

This event is SOLD OUT! Walk-ups will not be allowed at this event. Looking forward to a great event.

Kick off 2020 with our second annual Media Crystal Ball program with a panel of leading Tampa Bay journalists as they peer into the new year to discuss local and national issues they think will be hot – or not. Tampa Bay Business Journal Editor-in-Chief Alexis Muellner, ABC Action News Reporter Jackie Callaway, Business Observer Tampa Bay Editor Brian Hartz and Tampa Bay Times Business Columnist Graham Brink will share their take on the trends, stories and market dynamics that could impact our work as PR and communications professionals. Register now for what is sure to be an enlightening program with thought-provoking conversation and expert insights.

Timeframes for Program:

  • Check In/Networking: 11:30-12:00
  • Program: 12:00-1:00
  • Networking: 1:00-1:30

Members: $30 regular
Guests: $45 regular
PRSSA Student: $30 regular

Parking and Directions:
BRIO Tuscan Grille is located off Bay street. Next to the Renaissance Tampa Hotel – International Plaza

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received by noon on Friday, Jan. 24, will be accepted without penalty. Regarding cancellations made after that date, registrations paid in advance will not be refunded, and those who registered but did not pay will be invoiced the full registration amount.

Lunch Menu: 
Brio Chopped Salad and Chicken Rigatoni (grilled chicken and mushrooms with rigatoni in a roasted red pepper sauce) served with coffee, iced tea and water. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to indicate your needs in the comments section when you register.

About the Speakers:

Alexis Muellner – Editor-in-Chief, Tampa Bay Business Journal

Alexis Muellner (“Milner”) is responsible for the news operation of the digital and print editions of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.  He has nearly 21 years with American City Business Journals, the TBBJ parent company. He was named TBBJ editor-in-chief back in 2004. Alexis earned a master's degree in print journalism from the University of Miami in 1993 and a BA from Hampshire College. His roots are in public radio where credits include National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” “Weekend Edition,” “Crossroads,” and “Living on Earth.” He was an adjunct professor at Florida International University in Miami, where he taught the business and ethics of journalism, and broadcast writing and reporting. He was winner of the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists for his public radio series on the role of radio in Vietnam during the war. His print journalism credits include the Miami Herald, Florida Trend, the New York Times, the Miami Daily Business Review, Quill and the Sports Business Journal. He has twice been the recipient of the national ACBJ Eagle Award, his company’s highest honor, for excellence in news.

For TV, Muellner has been a regular commentator for Bay News 9. He’s on the boards of the Tampa Bay Community Network and Speak Up, a Tampa nonprofit that provides video production services, training and production crews for individuals and non-profits; and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. He lives in Pasco County with his wife Joni, and in downtime, pursues his creative goals through a robust Instagram feed.

Jackie Callaway – Consumer Investigator, ABC Action News

Jackie Callaway made Tampa her home seven years ago. She’s a San Francisco native and a Florida transplant who graduated from the University of Central Florida. Callaway landed one of her first jobs here in Tampa working as a morning anchor for 970 WFLA Radio. Even then, Callaway knew she would return to the Bay area. She spent five years polishing her skills as a reporter and investigator in Orlando before coming back to Tampa to make ABC Action News her  professional home.

In 2003, ABC launched the 'Taking Action' segment. From day one, the job fit like a glove... It's Callaway's pleasure, passion and privilege to be able to right wrongs for viewers while holding businesses and others accountable for the products they provide and services they sell. Along the way, Callaway has picked up awards from the Associated Press, The Society of Professional Journalists and an Emmy.

For Callaway, it's all about making sure you get what you pay for and sometimes exposing those who routinely take advantage of Bay Area residents. To date, the Taking Action team has assisted thousands of local consumers in obtaining goods, services, refunds and repairs totaling millions of dollars.

Brian Hartz – Tampa Bay Editor, Business Observer

Brian Hartz is the Business Observer's Tampa Bay editor. A native of Indiana, he graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a master's degree in journalism and has practiced his craft at newspapers and magazines around the world, including Boating New Zealand in Auckland, New Zealand; Douglas, a business magazine in Victoria, British Columbia; and Southern Boating in Fort Lauderdale. Hartz also works as a freelance writer for the Indiana University Alumni Magazine and the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. He is also the co-author of true-crime novel Harley C.I.: A Detective Story. Hartz, who resides in St. Petersburg, has received accolades for his writing from the Hoosier State Press Association, the Canadian Press and the Florida Press Association.

Graham Brink - Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times 

Graham Brink is the Times business columnist, a position he assumed in 2018 after having served as assistant managing editor of Metro/Business. In his previous role, Graham oversaw much of the Times' local and state coverage, including the Tallahassee bureau. His work as a reporter won many awards, most recently in 2016 for a first place finish in the Society for Features Journalism contest for a story about becoming the second person ever to complete the official Florida Divide mountain bike race from Georgia to the Everglades. His writing about Morocco was selected for the 2003 edition of Best American Travel Writing.