The exciting list of presenters for this year’s event include:
Novelist and Writing Coach John DeDakis is a former editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis is the author of four mystery-suspense novels.
His fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, deals in part with the death of his son in 2011 due to an accidental heroin overdose. www.johndedakis.com
A photojournalist by profession and a career newspaper photographer since 1982, he has been in the middle of some of the most important news stories of the past two decades. Graham has been shot at, chased by a crackhead trying to steal his cameras, slammed into by a bank robber during a high-speed chase, tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, spit on by protesters, arrested and recognized by the President of the United States for his work covering both Capitol Hill and the White House. His career has carried him far and wide winning many national and international photography awards along the way but his first love has always been community journalism. Graham retired from the national press corps in 2014 and after bumping around for a year trying to reinvent himself returned to the Loudoun County Virginia as a resident journalist for the newly formed community newspaper Loudoun Now. http://wildlightphotos.photoshelter.com/