Coffee Talks are regular forums that FāVS have hosted since December, 2012. Topics are determined by issues in the news.
Panelists at the upcoming discussion will include:
- Jackson Lino, refugee from Sudan
- Ben Shedlock, FāVS columnist who rode his bike across the state to raise money for refugees
- Bushra Alshalah, refugee from Iraq
- Arcelia Martin, up-and-coming journalist who has been writing about refugees for SpokaneFāVS
This panel will be moderated by Megan Carroll from KREM-TV.
Free coffee is provided thanks to our friends at Revel 77.
Coffee Talk will be Aug. 3 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Extra parking is available on 51st Avenue and in the parking lot of Park Heights Baptist Church.
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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.