Nora Lopez, Executive Editor, San Antonio Express-News and National President, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, will be the speaker for the Opening Session. Lopez will speak on Thursday, March 31.
Jenny Lawson, New York Times bestselling author and creator of The Bloggess, will keynote the ACES Awards Banquet. Lawson will speak on Friday, April 1.
Nora Lopez is Executive Editor at the San Antonio Express-News. Prior to that, she was the Metro Editor, a position she held for eight years at the same newspaper where she began her professional journalism career as an intern. A 35-year news veteran, Lopez oversees a team of talented editors and award-winning reporters who produce content for both print and digital publications. In between her stints at the Express-News, first in 1987 and again in 2000, Lopez worked as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News and the now defunct "San Antonio Light." After transitioning from reporter to editor, directing criminal justice coverage at the "Express-News," Lopez rose through the newspaper’s ranks. She served as State Editor, overseeing half a dozen bureaus in Mexico, the Texas-Mexico Border, the state capitol and Washington, D.C., before being promoted to Deputy Metro Editor.
Jenny Lawson is an award-winning humorist known for her great candor in sharing her struggle with mental illness. She lives in Texas with her husband and child and she has previously written "Let's Pretend This Never Happened," and "Furiously Happy," both of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers.
Session titles and descriptions for ACES 2022 keynote sessions coming soon.