The next iteration of the famed Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference will gather industry insiders and investors from around the world once again on October 14-15 in New York City. Attendees can expect 2 full days of keynotes, panel discussions, fireside chats, networking, company presentations, celebrity appearances and an impressive lineup of the top journalists in the cannabis space.
Meet The Reporters
Attending journalists include:
- Will Yakowicz
- Debra Borchardt
- Jeremy Berke
- Yeji Lee
- Jelani Gibson
- JJ McKay
- Javier Hasse
- Sara Brittany Somerset
- Spencer Israel
Reporter – Forbes
Will is a journalist who has reported from the West Bank, Moscow, and New York City. He started his career reporting for local newspapers like the Queens Ledger and The Brooklyn Paper in 2009, where he covered local crime, culture, and politics.
In 2010, he was sent to the West Bank to profile an American-born Jewish terrorist for Tablet Magazine. In 2011, Tablet sent him to Moscow to profile the Russian representative of WikiLeaks, known Holocaust-doubter Israel Shamir. Reporting and writing those features taught him how to drop into a foreign country, find and cultivate important sources, and report in dangerous situations.
In 2011, AOL hired him to run hyper-local news site Park Slope Patch. Out of eight sites across Brooklyn, his site drew in the most traffic and was the only one to turn a profit. Will reported and wrote most of the content on Park Slope Patch.
In 2013, Will joined Inc. magazine as a reporter and then staff writer. Editors Jim Ledbetter, Jon Fine, senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, and Will launched Inc.’s first podcast, Inc. Uncensored. His focus at Inc. is cyber security, legal cannabis, and tech.
In 2018, Will became a staff writer at Forbes covering cannabis, gambling, psychedelics and billionaires.
CEO and Editor-in-Chief – Green Market Report
Debra Borchardt is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief at the cannabis financial news site Green Market Report. Prior to becoming an award-winning financial reporter, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns. She received her Masters Degree in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University. She worked for 8 years at TheStreet.com alongside Jim Cramer before dedicating herself to cannabis reporting.
Senior Reporter – Insider
Jeremy is a senior reporter at Business Insider where he focuses on the emerging cannabis industry.
At BI, Jeremy has covered the bumpy rollout of Canada’s cannabis legalization, the boom in cannabis companies going public in 2018 (and the resulting fallout), multibillion-dollar mergers between cannabis companies and corporations from other industries, the ongoing health effects from vaporizers, the mislabeling of CBD products, and how the world’s largest financial, legal, and political institutions are reacting to and planning for legalization.
He has also gotten scoops and broken news …