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Moderator and Panelists
Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, Houston Public Media's look at the people, places, events and ideas that define Greater Houston. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager, to talk show host, reporter, news director, and producer. He's interviewed politicians, industry leaders, authors, newsmakers, and even the occasional Muppet.
Mary Benton is a general assignments news reporter at KPRC Local 2. She covers everything from crime to hurricanes and state and national politics. An award-winning reporter, Mary is a native of Harlingen, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She was appointed to the Elections Advisory Committee by Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and serves on the national board of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Joe Holley is an editorial writer and columnist at the Houston Chronicle, where he writes the weekly "Native Texan" column, prior to which he covered politics. He has been editor of the Texas Observer, an editorial page editor and columnist for newspapers in San Antonio and San Diego. Holley is also a regular contributor to Texas Monthly and a staff writer for The Washington Post.
Aurora Losada is the editor of the award-winning Spanish-language publication La Voz de Houston and lavoztx.com, as well as one of the Houston Chronicle's editorial managers. She has been financial editor for Reuters in Miami, editor for the Wall Street Journal Americas in New York, and the Washington D.C. correspondent for the one of the most influential newspaper in Spain, El Mundo.