Days Inn Hotel, 94th and Broadway

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

219 West 40th/Times Square

Sunday APRIL 2

Arrive in New York


8:30 a.m.  9 a.m.:  Breakfast Cafe

9 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions

9:20 a.m.  10:50 a.m.: Budget and Red Flags  Greg David/Ravitch Fiscal Program

Greg David writes a blog and weekly column for Crain’s New York Business following a 25-year stint as the editor and editorial director for the publication. He also serves as the director of the business and economics reporting program at the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, where he teaches courses on covering the national economy, Wall Street and the New York City economy and business. During his tenure as editor, Crain’s won two Gerald W. Loeb awards for excellence in business journalism as well as general excellence awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publications and Society of American Business Writers and Editors. He personally has won awards for his columns and editorials from the two groups in recent years. He makes frequent media appearances.

11:00 a.m.  1 p.m.:  Municipal Bonds A to Z  Matt Fabian/Municipal Market Analytics

Matt Fabian is a Partner at Municipal Market Analytics (MMA) where he leads market and credit research. Mr. Fabian is the lead contributor MMA’s weekly Outlook and biweekly Default Trends . His expansive knowledge of the idiosyncratic characteristics of the municipal market has made him one of the primary voices of the industry. Prior to MMA in 2015, Mr. Fabian served in a similar capacity at Municipal Market Advisors since 2006.

1:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Lunch in the café area

2:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.: The Pension Crisis  Peter Kiernan/Schiff Harden

Peter J. Kiernan, Esq. is Of Counsel to the national law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP, specializing in Public Law. Mr. Kiernan served as Counsel to the Governor of New York State from 2008 – 2010 when the State was gripped with an unprecedented revenue crisis. Since 2011 Mr. Kiernan has been Chair of the New York State Law Revision Commission. Previously, Mr. Kiernan was Counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Finance during New York City’s infamous Fiscal Crisis of the mid 1970’s.

4:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.: New Disclosure Rules – Bill Glasgall/Volcker Alliance

William Glasgall joined the Volcker Alliance in January 2014 as Program Director of the Alliance’s State and Local Program. Previously, he was Managing Editor at Bloomberg News, overseeing coverage of state and local government and financial news that won numerous awards from the National Press Club Foundation and other organizations. His career also includes almost two decades at BusinessWeek Magazine, where he won two Overseas Press Club Awards for international reporting, and as a Vice-President at Standard & Poor’s.

6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Dinner with Dick Ravitch/CUNY J School

Richard Ravitch is an attorney, businessman and public official, engaged in both private and public enterprise for more than 50 years. He began his career as a principal of the HRH Construction Corporation, where he supervised the development, financing and construction of over 45,000 units of affordable housing in New York, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and other locations.  In 1975, he was appointed Chairman of the New York State Urban Development Corporation (UDC) by Governor Hugh Carey. The UDC, a “moral obligation” financing and development agency with 30,000 dwelling units under construction, had become insolvent and faced the first municipal bankruptcy since the 1930’s.

He more recently served as Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York and is now Co-Chair of the State Budget Crisis Task Force with former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul A. Volcker. Mr. Ravitch is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia College and received his LLB from Yale University School of Law.



9 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.: New Fiscal Realities for States and Cities  Dan White/Senior Economist/Moody’s Analytics

Dan White is a director at Moody’s Analytics, responsible for directing government consulting and regional economic research with an emphasis on public finance and fiscal policy. He regularly presents to clients and conferences, and has been featured in a number of print, radio and televised media outlets, ranging from the Wall Street Journal to National Public Radio. He also has the pleasure of working closely with a number of governments in an advisory role, and is an adjunct professor at Villanova University. Before joining Moody’s Analytics, Dan worked as a financial economist for the New Mexico State Legislative Finance Committee in Santa Fe, where he forecast revenues and analyzed a wide range of policy issues concentrated around economic development, public investment and debt management. Dan holds an MA in economics as well as undergraduate degrees in finance and international business from New Mexico State University.

11 a.m.  1 p.m.: How to Cover Infrastructure  Sean Slone/National Council of State Governments

Sean Slone is responsible for providing staff support to Council of State Governments’ Transportation Policy Task Force, a panel of state legislators, state department of transportation officials and private sector members. He provides guidance for CSG’s transportation policy development and analysis efforts, helps to identify trends affecting transportation policy, and develops publications and meeting agendas on transportation issues. Slone is the author of numerous articles for CSG publications. His work also has appeared in The Lane Report, a Kentucky statewide business magazine. Slone has been interviewed on transportation issues by reporters from the Baltimore Business Journal, Stateline and USA Today. Before moving to transportation, Slone worked with the health policy group. A journalist by training, Slone is a former producer for C-SPAN in Washington, D.C., and worked for Kentucky Educational Television as an anchor/reporter/producer.

 1 p.m.  2 p.m.: Lunch in the café area

2 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.: Medicaid, ACA, and What Happens from Here –  Sara Collins/The Commonwealth Fund

Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., is vice president for Health Care Coverage and Access program at The Commonwealth Fund. An economist, Dr. Collins joined the Fund in 2002 and has led the Fund’s national program on health insurance since 2005. Since joining the Fund, Dr. Collins has led several national surveys on health insurance and authored numerous reports, issue briefs and journal articles on health insurance coverage and policy. She has provided invited testimony before several Congressional committees and subcommittees. Prior to joining the Fund, Dr. Collins was associate director/senior research associate at the New York Academy of Medicine, Division of Health and Science Policy. Earlier in her career, she was an associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, a senior economist at Health Economics Research, and a senior health policy analyst in the New York City Office of the Public Advocate. She holds an A.B. in economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University.

2 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.:  Break

4 p.m. –  5 p.m.: Nate Silver on The Political Scene

Where the country is politically, and of course, how to cover the politics of Trump.


Days Inn Hotel, 94th and Broadway

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

219 West 40th/Times Square


Arrive in New York


9 a.m.  10:50 a.m.: New Fiscal Realities for States and Cities — Dan White/Moody’s Analytics

11 a.m.  1 p.m.: How to Cover Infrastructure – Sean Slone/National Council of State Governments

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Lunch in the café area

2 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.: Medicaid, ACA, and What Happens from Here – Sara Collins/The Commonwealth Fund

3:30 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.: Break

4 p.m. –  5 p.m.: Nate Silver on The Political Scene

Where the country is politically, and of course, how to cover the politics of Trump.

6:15 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.: Working Dinner at Carmine’s/90th and Broadway


9:00 a.m. – 10 p.m. : New Disclosure Rules – Bill Glasgall/Volcker Alliance

10:15 – 12:15 Story ideas and projects

12:30 to 2:00  Working on lunch on best reporting