2019 Summit Videos

Sept. 5, 2019

Keynote: S.E. Cupp
Communications and Civility in Our Democracy

S.E. Cupp standing at a podium
S.E. Cupp delivers the 2019 Greenlee Summit keynote, “Communications and Civility in Our Democracy” on Sept. 5 at the Iowa State University Memorial Union. Photo by Maria Charbonneaux















Sept. 6, 2019

Keynote: Leslie Gaines-Ross
Civility in America: A Nationwide Survey

Gauging Americans’ attitudes toward civility in a variety of areas impacting society and daily life

Panel Discussion: Covering Controversial Issues

How media can help maintain civility and encourage civil discourse

Moderator: Rheya Spigner, KCCI-TV anchor and host of the Project CommUNITY series


Panel Discussion: Keeping Audiences Intact

How incivility is decreasing our ability to connect with audiences, and how we can fix it

Moderator: Melissa Inman, vice president, digital content strategy and operations, Meredith Corporation


  • Karla Armendariz, Hispanic marketing consultant and consumer specialist
  • Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune reporter on urban affairs and minority communities
  • Rob Yarin, VP, Content Strategy and Research, Cox Media Group

Panel Discussion: Navigating Discredit and Disbelief

The origin of misinformation and evolution of distrust – and how we as media and marketers can regain trust among our audiences

Moderator: Joseph Jones, executive director, The Harkin Institute


Panel Discussion: Civility and the Upcoming Election Cycle

How press will be viewed and treated; how much advertising money will be spent; how uncivil things may get; how that all affects our professions

Moderator: Walker McKusick, national director, Vote Smart


  • Noor Naseer, senior director, media innovations and technology for Centro
  • Dave Price, WHO-TV political director and anchor, and author of the “Caucus Chaos” book series
  • Travis Ridout, distinguished professor of government and public policy, Washington State University; co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project

Closing Session: Congressional Investigations and Hearings

How we get to the truth in a civil manner

Moderator: Kevin Cooney, former anchor, KCCI-TV


  • Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary; current director of the Center for Public Theology and distinguished professor at Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Tom Miller, Iowa attorney general