Communicating with Truth and Authenticity in the Fake News Era Luncheon Panel

About Program

Online pre-registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available. Please send an email to Ann Scheible at if you are in need of a walk-in registration form.

Reputation is today’s currency and one public relations practitioners need to steward. Yet audiences and media are more jaded than ever. How can PR help organizations break through the fake news era to earn their audience’s trust and attention?

When: Wednesday, Mar. 20; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CDT
Where: Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, 33 W. Kinzie Street (Old Comiskey/Wrigley Rooms on 2nd floor)


Bradley Carlson, Account Director, Reputation Partners
For more than 10 years, Brad has held various positions within corporate communications and public relations agencies.This experience has given him a unique perspective and strategic problem-solving skills he practices every day in his current role at Reputation Partners. Throughout his career, he has counseled clients on many areas of PR, including media relations, thought leadership, crisis communications and corporate social responsibility.

Ryan Cudney, EVP Advisory Services, Edelman
As an executive vice president with Edelman’s Corporate Advisory Services practice, Cudney serves as a strategic counselor to senior decision makers engaged in business transformation, including portfolio realignment and expansion, turnarounds and recoveries, and business re-positioning. As the group head of Business Transformation at Edelman Chicago, he has also helped companies regain market leadership and corporate reputation following a material breach of trust, including international product safety recalls, viral customer service incidents, regulatory enforcement actions, cybersecurity breaches, litigation and executive misconduct.

Chris Fusco, Editor-in-Chief, Chicago Sun-Times
Chris Fusco was named editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times in October 2017. Before that, he served as the news organization's interim editor-in-chief for nearly three months, managing editor for about a year, and was a Sun-Times reporter for 16 years, producing numerous investigative reports involving government corruption, crime, child welfare, transportation, nursing-home care and other subjects.

Roderick Hawkins, Deputy Chief Of Staff for Public Engagement, Office of the Mayor, City of Chicago
Roderick is a not-for-profit and government affairs leader with more than 20 years experience and a proven track record of collaborating with and motivating colleagues to achieve shared goals. He is a trusted strategic thinker that advises CEOs and elected leaders on identifying creative and responsive ways to turn obstacles into opportunities.


Guests will select one of the following entrée choices at check-in. Dietary restrictions? Email by Friday, Mar. 15.

  • Filet Slider Trio with Horseradish Cream, Grilled Onions, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Arugula on Pretzel Rolls
  • Chicken Vesuvio with Quartered Potatoes and Sweet Peas
  • Rigatoni Vodka Mascarpone and Parmigiano-Reggiano

Suburban Chicago chapter members: You are eligible to register at the Chicago chapter member rate. Send and email to to request the member discount code.

Questions? Email Sarah Hanel, APR, and Kayee Ip, 2019 Programming co-chairs at

Program Details


$55.00 Non-member
$60.00 after 12:00 am March 17

$45.00 Chicago Chapter Member
$50.00 after 12:00 am March 17
$40.00 Earlybird rate before March 8

All ticket sales are final. Substitutions may be made at any time.

March 20, 2019
11:30 AM CDT - 1:30 PM CDT

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
33 West Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL
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