In the Loop Guests
WYCC PBS Chicago
JOURNALIST / TV HOST
Darryl W. Dennard is a face and voice familiar to television viewers and radio listeners everywhere. As a broadcast journalist with more than two decades experience he’s interviewed everyone from President Barack Obama to Oprah Winfrey to Michael Jackson.
His news anchoring talents are heard on WVAZ’s Steve Harvey Show, and WGRB-AM’s John Hannah Morning Show. His producing and on-camera skills were most recently viewed every week in tens of millions of homes via The Black Enterprise Report (BER), on WGN Cable and Satellite feeds. Prior to BER he was host/producer of The Minority Business Report for six years, the nation’s longest running television program devoted to minority business. His news and marketing experience has him in demand as a moderator and public speaker.
Currently he is owner of Double D Productions, Inc. a full service audio/video production company specializing in documentary, corporate and commercial video production. He produced and directed the award winning documentary “Heading West,” detailing the history of Blacks on the West Side of Chicago; which aired locally on PBS. Double D Productions has an impressive client list including: Aon/Hewitt Associates, Burrell Communications, Flowers Communications Group, RJ Dale Advertising, CBS News, Dominick’s, Loretto Hospital, SCR Medical Transportation, Safeway and the Archdiocese of Chicago.
HOST-THE MINORITY REPORT
Micaela Brown knew she wasn’t the only go-getter in town. She created the “Minority Report” video series with the Chicago Sun-Times to showcase the city’s vibrant community of entrepreneurs and professionals of color. Micae also hosts the twice-a-month episodes, which feature business-minded interviews with guests as diverse as Chicago Treasurer Stephanie Neely, advertising executive Sherman Wright and media lawyer Daliah Saper. Along with her work on the “Minority Report,” Micae is an interactive account executive for the Sun-Times, where she creates advertising strategies for clients like Comcast, Macy’s and the Chicago White Sox. Micae is a Chicago native and graduate of DePaul University and the Sandler Sales Institute. When she’s not making connections for the Sun-Times, she’s taking care of her two Yorkshire terriers, Bentley and Studley, and planning her next travel adventure.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-THE GRASSROOTS COLLABORATIVE
Amisha Patel serves as Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative and Grassroots Illinois Action, affiliated non-profit organizations working to win racial and economic justice in Chicago and statewide. Both organizations educate and mobilize Illinois residents to build real power for working families, by fighting for living wage jobs, quality public schools, affordable housing, and safe streets, and by connecting these fights to the voting booth.
This follows six years at Service Employees International Union Local 73, where Amisha organized hospital employees and Head Start workers, and worked in coalition with community organizations to fight against school closings. She worked for five years doing arts-based violence against women prevention programming in communities of color in the Bay Area. The documentary that her youth created, Young Azns Rising! Breaking Down Violence Against Women, screened in numerous film festivals and won the Asian Emmy for best documentary.