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FREDONIA – Buffalo News Editor Mike Connelly will deliver the keynote address Saturday as the SUNY Fredonia student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presents its fourth annual conference.

The conference will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Connelly delivering his address at 1:30 p.m. Other speakers scheduled to appear include Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata, WGRZ-TV reporter Danny Spewak, WIVB-TV reporter Ed Drantch, social media expert Ben Kirst of Quinlan & Co., WEDG-FM radio satirist/DJ Tom Ragan and Dan Scharfenberger, nightside senior producer of Time Warner Cable News in Syracuse.

The event is free and open to the public. Early speakers will be featured in Fenton Halls 175 and 180. The keynote will take place in 101 Thompson Hall.

Connelly, who joined The News in 2012, was executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune before that. His staff there won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for investigative reporting on Florida’s property insurance industry. Connelly began his career as a copy editor for the national news desk of the Wall Street Journal. He also has worked for Congressional Quarterly Inc., the Baltimore Sun and the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press.

Connelly will address the challenges facing The News in the current media environment, and how the paper is dealing with them.

For more information, email ploetz@fredonia.edu or call 984-7503.