Bring your most pressing questions to our next event in the Passed and Present conversation series. Gilbert will host a new discussion the last Thursday of every month.
Maria Quiban Whitesell is the weather anchor for Good Day LA/FOX 11 Morning News in Los Angeles, California and co-author of You Can’t Do It Alone: A Widow’s Journey Through Loss, Grief, and Life After. In December 2015, after an 18 month long battle, Maria’s husband Sean passed away from Glioblastoma, a rare brain cancer disease. Since then, she has been raising their son Gus, and is now an advocate for Glioblastoma and Brain Cancer Awareness. Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Maria, her brother and mother immigrated to Hawaii when she was 10 years old. In Honolulu, she studied Journalism at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned her Meteorology degree from Mississippi State University. Maria volunteers her time speaking to young single mothers about her own experience as a single mom in her teens. Having a baby while still in high school left her with very early responsibilities. She enjoys sharing her experience of struggle and success in hopes of inspiring another teen mom to achieve her dreams.
Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning journalist and author of numerous books, including the much-anticipated, forthcoming biography of Hearst newspaper columnist Elsie Robinson, to be published by Seal Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, in 2022.
On 9/11, Allison was a television news producer in New York and was nearly killed by falling debris when the second tower collapsed. She is the official narrator of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s historical exhibition audio tour, the only female journalist to be so honored. To mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks, she is executive producer of two film projects in collaboration with the 9/11 Museum and Wondrium: a documentary called, "Reporting 9/11 and Why It Still Matters,” and a 20-part series entitled, "Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories.” Both projects explore what it was like to be a working journalist covering the terrorist attacks 20 years ago and how the aftermath changed journalists and media forever. Featured journalists include Tom Brokaw, Savannah Guthrie, Maggie Haberman, Linda Wertheimer, Scott Pelley, and many others.
Allison writes regularly for the New York Times and other publications. On her popular grief and resilience blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Jon Stewart, and bestselling authors Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dani Shapiro, and Susan Orlean. She is co-editor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11.
The Passed and Present series, named after Gilbert’s inspiring book, is sponsored by Domani for Grief, a platform created with a single goal in mind: to provide in one place the best and most trusted resources, support, and information available to begin the healing process. “Domani” means tomorrow in Italian. Domani for Grief believes there’s always hope in a brighter tomorrow.
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