Sherman Alexie has written poetry, novels, short stories and the screenplay for the upcoming film "Smoke Signals."
A Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, he was named one of the "Twenty Best American Novelists Under the Age of 40" by Granta magazine.
Elaine Chao is a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
She is the former president and CEO of The United Way. She was also the director of the Peace Corps and served in the Transportation Department in the Reagan and Bush administrations.
Kay James is the Dean is the Robertson School of Government at Regent University.
She has served as Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Virginia under Governor George Allen.
Clarence Page has been a columnist and editorial board member for The Chicago Tribune since 1984.
The Pulitzer Prize-winner is also a contributor to ABC, NPR, and Black Entertainment Television and The NewsHour.
Richard Rodriguez is currently an editor with the Pacific News Service.
The son of Mexican immigrants, Rodriguez is also a contributor to many major newspapers and magazines.
He recently received a Peabody Award for his NewsHour essays.
Roger Rosenblatt is an essayist for Time and The NewsHour, and a former columnist and editorial board member of The Washington Post.
He has been awarded a Peabody, an Emmy, a Fulbright Scholarship, and two George Polk Awards.
Journalist Roberto Suro has worked for Time, The New York Times and The Washington Post, where he is currently a staff writer and editor.
The son of immigrants from Puerto Rico and Ecuador, he is the author of Strangers Among Us: How Latino Immigration is Transforming America.
Cynthia Tucker is an editorial page editor of The Atlanta Constitution and a syndicated columnist.
A frequent commentator on The NewsHour, she also serves on the board of directors of the International Media Women's Foundation and the advisory board of the Poynter Institute.
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