Judith Valente has had an extensive career in both print and broadcast journalism and has experienced a front row seat to many of the changes sweeping American media. She began her career at the age of 21 as a staff writer for The Washington Post, then reported for The Wall Street Journal in that paper’s Chicago and London bureaus, and later spent many years covering religion and ethics for PBS-TV and writing investigative pieces for her NPR affiliate in central Illinois. Ms. Valente explored current challenges in media and why journalism remains a sacred trust and worthy vocation.