Dr. Anthony Atala
Dr. Anthony Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. His current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs.
John Avlon is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast. A CNN contributor, he won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ award for best online column in 2012.
John Biggs is the East Coast Editor of TechCrunch. He has written for the New York Times, InSync, USA Weekend, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Money and a number of other outlets on technology and wristwatches. He is the former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.com and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Bill Carter expertly covered the television beat at the New York Times for more than 25 years, is one of the most respected journalists in the media industry and was recently named a CNN contributor. He is also the author of four books, including The Late Shift, a cultural smash that centered on the Letterman-Leno “late night war” to succeed Johnny Carson as host of “The Tonight Show.” The book was later adapted into an Emmy Award-nominated film by HBO.
Jordan Crook is a Senior Writer based out of Brooklyn, NY. She writes about internet culture, social networks, and consumer-facing technology. Jordan hosts many of TechCrunch’s live events, including regional TC Pitch-Offs and the world-renowned TechCrunch Disrupt conference.
Pete DominickDominick is a stand-up comic who joined SiriusXM in August 2006 as a host on Raw Dog Comedy. He launched Stand Up! on non-partisan political talk channel SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. in February 2008, and the show quickly became a can’t-miss stop for experts and newsmakers. Dominick also had the sought-after job of opening for Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report” for six years, a job left to focus on his SiriusXM radio show.
Technical Producer for Stand Up with Pete Dominick and former on-air host and production director at heritage alternative rock station WHTG in New Jersey and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Former host of PBS Digital series “Food Buzz” as well as contributing writer to Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008 online “swing state” series.
Karen Hunter, A former sports and news reporter with the New York Daily News for 16 years, Karen served four of those years on the editorial board of The News, where she was a member of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize- and Polk Award-winning teams. She was also the paper’s first African-American female news columnist.
Doron Levin has covered the auto industry from Detroit since 1984 for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Bloomberg, and Fortune. He has also written two influential books about the industry, "Irreconcilable Differences; Ross Perot vs. GM" and "Behind the Wheel at Chrysler: The Iacocca Legacy."
In his academic career, Bob Mann is Professor and Chair of Communication Arts and President of the Faculty Council at Caldwell University. He joined the faculty, fulltime, in 1988 and created the Communication Arts major in 1995.
Mike Mastanduno is an expert in international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, and the politics of the global economy. His work examines U.S. economic and security strategy in the post-Cold War world, and the implications of the rise of China for the world economy and the stability of the international system. He has published numerous articles in leading international relations journals, co-edited seven books, and is the author of Introduction to International Relations and Economic Containment: Cocom and the Politics of East-West Trade. Mastanduno is a recipient of Dartmouth’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Scholarly Achievement. He lectures widely in policy and scholarly settings in Asia and Europe. He joined Dartmouth’s faculty in 1987 and has been dean of the faculty since 2010.
Dean Obeidallah, who is of Palestinian descent, is a former practicing lawyer turned political comedian/writer and co-director of the comedy documentary, "The Muslims Are Coming!" His live, weekly show will be informative and entertaining, offering the perspective of a community whose voice is typically not heard in mainstream media.
Perri Peltz is a documentary filmmaker and public health advocate. Her films include Remembering the Artist Robert DeNiro Sr., The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, and The Knights of the South Bronx. Her latest piece, A Conversation about Growing Up Black, is featured as a New York Times op-doc. She is a member of the Conversation Collective, a group of documentary filmmakers focusing on race relations. Peltz previously worked as a broadcast journalist at NBC, ABC, and CNN.
Bob Roth, one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled, Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages. Bob currently serves as the Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation.
Co-host of Sit Down with Alfred & Chris. Senior Producer for Stand Up with Pete Dominick since 2010. Worked in public radio (the Takeaway), internet radio (EVR), and terrestrial radio (WGAN & WZAN). Jocked at WLZ in Portland, Maine and WMEB in Orono, Maine. Has had bylines in Maxim Magazine, Blender magazine, and Asylum.com. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, and studied journalism at the University of Maine.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.