All writers expect some criticism. High-profile issues, however, pose risks that go well-beyond a bad review or sarcastic facebook comments. Writers may receive threats to their lives and livelihoods, so may the people whose stories they tell. So why do it? In this panel, writers will discuss their own experiences with controversy and how it shapes their writing.
Seamus McGraw, a free-lance journalist whose "The End of Country" deals with fracking and its social and environmental impact;
Dr. Robert Kaane, A Drexel professor whose work "Jammed Up" focuses on police misconduct and the New York City Police Department.
Monica Yant Kinney is the Executive Director, Communications and External Affairs, for the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life at the University of Pennsylvania. Monica joined the "Inquirer" in 1995 and was named a metro columnist in 2001 at the age of 30. She put so many miles on her car roaming the region she finally bought a Prius. Monica has covered suburban trends and Philadelphia city government and, for two yers, focused exclusively on crime, color and characters of South Jersey. In the early 1990s, she expensed her cable bill while she was the television critic at the "St. Petersburg Times" in Florida. Monica ia a 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind. but now lives with her husband (a fellow Notre Dame grad), and their two young children in a very old house in Haddonfield.