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Community Forum On Sam DuBose Shooting Media Coverage Oct. 8

Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

The public is invited to a “community conversation” about media coverage of the July shooting death of Sam DuBose by former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 8 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Harriet Tubman Theater.

Attorneys for the DuBose and Tensing families will participate in the discussion with news executives from WCPO-TV, WKRC-TV, WLWT-TV, WXIX-TV and the Cincinnati Enquirer; Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black; Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Julie Wilson; and Cincinnati Human Relations Commission Executive Director Ericka King-Betts, says Hagit Limor, former national president of the Society of Professional Journalists. She will be the panel moderator. 

“Words & Images: A Media Debrief and Community Conversation” is sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists; National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Jewish Community Relations Council; The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education; and Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and ask questions. The event is free, but people must make a reservation by Tuesday, Oct. 6, at (The site will reference a credit card, but none is needed because the event is free, Limor notes.)

“All perspectives” will be presented by the “key players in this on-going, high-profile sensitive case,” according to the “Words & Images” announcement.

“This is a critical discussion that hasn’t had a public forum, until now. We look forward to providing everyone the opportunity to be part of this community conversation,” said Limor in the announcement.

Limor, an award-winning investigative reporter, is an assistant professor of electronic media at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  She has worked for WCPO-TV (Channel 9) and WXIX-TV (Channel 19).

The panel discussion will not be live streamed. It may be taped and posted later on the Freedom Center’s website, says Jackie Congedo, public relations manager for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. She left WLWT-TV (Channel 5) for that position in August.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is at 50 E. Freedom Way, downtown.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.