Keynote Speaker - Gayle King

Gayle King is co-host of CBS Mornings and CNN's King Charles alongside Charles Barkley. King is an accomplished television journalist who interviews top newsmakers and delivers original reporting to CBS Mornings and all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. She is also editor-at-large of Oprah Daily and hosts a live, weekly radio show titled “Gayle King in the House” on SiriusXM.

Since joining CBS News in 2011, King has conducted revealing and news-making interviews with world leaders, political figures, and celebrities, including former President Barack Obama; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Bruce Springsteen; Dave Chappelle; Dylan Farrow; Chris Rock; Elon Musk; Billie Eilish; R. Kelly; and Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, in their first TV interview together. She also conducted the final interviews with Representative John Lewis and Cicely Tyson before their passing.

She has also handled several high-profile assignments, including leading CBS News’ on-the-ground coverage from the Texas border to report on the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. She reported from Newtown, Conn., in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. She co-anchored CBS News’ special coverage of several breaking news stories, including the Paris terrorist attacks, the San Bernardino shootings, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage, and the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. 

King has anchored multiple primetime specials, including The Gayle King Grammy Special, which included a slate of interviews with nominees such as Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Jonas Brothers, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Lil Nas X; BET News and Facebook Present: COVID-19: Black America’s Fight; CBS News’ special on racism and police brutality Justice for All; John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero; BET’s Say Her Name: The Untold Story of Breonna Taylor; the BET primetime exclusive special Cicely Tyson: In Her Own Words, honoring the life and legacy of the iconic actress; Meghan and Harry Plus One; The Queen Carries On: A Gayle King Special; The Chauvin Verdict; and Tulsa 1921: An American Tragedy.

King has received numerous awards for her extensive work as a journalist, including three Emmys. In 2018, she was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and in 2019, she was selected for the TIME 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the hundred most influential people in the world.

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