Artificial Intelligence and the News

AI is here to stay. Find out the latest on how newsrooms and the public are using this technology. 


Ernest Kung, The Associated Press AI Product Manager (Virtual)

Ernest Kung is the AI Product Manager for The Associated Press. He was a local television news producer and writer for nearly 15 years. Ernest earned a Master of Business Information Systems with Distinction from the University of Canterbury and a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California.

Read about the AP’s local newsroom AI projects here.

Ammina Kothari, URI journalism professor

Ammina Kothari is a journalism professor and director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. She often teaches data journalism, community journalism, reporting and writing, and news editing. Her research focuses on the role of technology in transforming communication and journalism practices globally.

Peter Sterne, Stage Whisper app developer

Peter Sterne is a journalist based in New York City. He currently works as an editor at City & State NY and previously worked at New York Focus, Freedom of the Press Foundation and Politico. He is developing a free app for journalists called Stage Whisper, which uses AI-based tools to automatically transcribe interviews.

Sonya Cates, associate professor, Computer Science at RWU

Sonya Cates is an associate professor of computer science at Roger Williams University. Her research and teaching interests include human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and data science. Before joining the faculty at RWU, she worked in finance, using large data sets to predict movements in financial markets.


Chris Blake, Southern Connecticut State University

Christopher G. Blake is a journalist, professor, and former association management executive who has more than 35 years of writing and editing experience. Blake worked for 15 years as a newspaper reporter, primarily at the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, CT. During his reporting career, Blake served for eight years in the newspaper’s State Capitol bureau in Hartford, where he covered state politics and government. He held senior management positions in several professional associations from 1995 through 2017. In those roles, he wrote for and edited trade journals. Blake is currently an adjunct journalism professor at Southern Connecticut State, where he teaches about the First Amendment, reporting and journalism history.

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