Panel: When Women Speak Up

Khalilah Brown-Dean

Khalilah Brown-Dean

Khalilah Brown-Dean

Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is a Professor, Political Analyst, and Philanthropist. She is featured in the CPTV documentary, “The Color of Justice,” and serves on the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. She has published numerous academic and popular pieces on topics such as voting rights, mass incarceration, gender disparities, and criminal justice reform and regularly provides political commentary for outlets such as Fox News Radio, the New York Times, Washington Post, WNPR, and WTNH. Brown-Dean is co-author of a Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report on the contemporary status of voting rights in the United States that was presented during the 50th Anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March in Selma, Alabama. Professor Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University and former Faculty Co-Coordinator of the Health Policy and Advocacy concentration in the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine. In 2017 she was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 Outstanding Women Leaders and received the Game Changer Award from the Connecticut NAACP Youth and College Division. She serves as President of the Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; the nation’s first service sorority founded by African American women. Find her on Twitter @KBDPHD.


Ann Nyberg

Ann Nyberg

Ann Nyberg

Ann Nyberg is the longest-serving, full-time female news anchor/reporter in Connecticut television history. She is also WTNH-TV’s longest-serving Anchor/Reporter in station history. She anchors the 6 and 10 o’clock nightly newscasts.

In November of 2015, Nyberg was inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle. It is an honor given to television professionals who have made significant contributions to their community and to the vitality of the television industry. It is a special recognition given to television pioneers by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter. Nyberg has set the bar high and has made significant contributions to her southern New England community.

Nyberg has been voted “Best News Anchor” for a decade in Connecticut Magazine’s reader’s poll, in 2016 was voted best TV Anchor in New Haven Living Magazine. She hosts her own show which she developed to get people’s stories out to the masses in long format, it’s on air and online and it’s called “NYBERG.” Excerpts from the show can be seen twice a week in the 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Nyberg has been nominated for multiple Emmys. She has interviewed the most famous and every day folks; all have a story to tell. Other highlights include assignments to the communist country of Cuba and to the Vatican to cover Pope John Paul II.


Phoebe Sweet

Phoebe Sweet

Phoebe Sweet

Phoebe Sweet is vice president of Summers Strategies, a firm that combines policy, communications and campaign expertise to win the day, build brands and change policy. Summers Strategies works with national nonprofit organizations, trade associations, government agencies, elected officials and progressive political candidates on communications strategy, media relations, marketing and advertising. Prior to joining Summers Strategies, Sweet served as director of speechwriting at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., and as speechwriter and communications advisor to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Sweet served as communications director for the Nevada State Democratic Party during Leader Reid’s 2010 re-election campaign, after a decade in journalism. An experienced writer and communications strategist with extensive expertise in environmental, energy, and water policy, Sweet has elevated her clients to a number of campaign and legislative wins. Sweet, who was raised in Maine, holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism from Boston University.


Donnetrice Allison

Donnetrice Allison

Donnetrice Allison

Donnetrice Allison, a University of New Haven alumna, is an Associate Professor of both Communication Studies and African Studies at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. Dr. Allison has published articles on African American professors at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs), hip-hop culture, and media portrayals. In 2016, Dr. Allison edited Black Women’s Portrayals on Reality Television: The New Sapphire, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Her work focuses on educating others about how stereotyping disrupts the process in which people are able to appreciate cultural and gender differences. This collections’ contributors seek to uncover examples in reality television shows where instantiations of black women’s gender, racial, and cultural difference are signified and made sinister.


Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell is a distinguished lecturer at the University of New Haven’s Department of Communication, Film and Media Studies. She is also a columnist for the Hartford Courant, and the website, Connecticut Health Investigative Team (www.c-hit.org), and a frequent contributor on issues of housing and homelessness to WNPR, and the political website, The Hill, as well as the newspaper, The Guardian. She is an award-winning author of Dating Jesus: Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl, and the biography, Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker. Her new book, Searching for the American Dream in Frog Hollow, America, is due out in the spring of 2018 from Wesleyan University Press.

Campbell was born in Kentucky and raised in southwest Missouri. For more than a quarter-century, she was a staff columnist at the Hartford Courant, where her work has been recognized by the National Women’s Political Caucus, New England Associated Press News Executives, the Society for Professional Journalists, the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the Sunday Magazine Editors Association. She returned as a freelance columnist in March.

Her column about the shootings at lottery headquarters in March 1998 was part of The Courant’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage.

The mother of two adult sons, and the grandmother of seven, she has a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, and a master’s degree from Hartford Seminary.