Joey Prebynski serves as Assistant Advance Scout for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. In his role he assists in preparing Major League Advance Reports and analysis for upcoming opponents during the season. Prebynski spent the previous three seasons from 2009-11 in the Rangers organization as Video Coordinator/Research Analyst, where he oversaw the use of video at the Major League level and in the Player Development System as well as within the Amateur, Pro, and International Scouting departments. He also conducts various research projects and statistical studies for the baseball operations department.
Prebynski was the Director of Baseball Operations at the University of Texas at Arlington from 2005-2008, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, along with a Master of Arts in Communication and an MBA at the school.
A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Prebynski is actively involved with the Miracle League of Dallas-Fort Worth, Junior Achievement, and Big Brothers-Big Sisters of North Texas.
Joan Khalaf serves as an intern manager at D Magazine, recruiting hundreds of students for the program year-round. She is also in her third year as social media manager for several national brands at D Magazine’s content marketing agency, D Custom.
Her background as editor-in-chief at The Shorthorn, production assistant at Fox Sports Southwest, and a community newspaper editor have armed her with the broad experience to tackle just about any aspect of the journalism industry. Joan’s enthusiasm for educating and growing student journalists coupled with her passion for people make her a natural fit for finding the right talent for D Magazine’s gifted team.
Chris Childs grew up in the broadcasting industry by watching his father work in radio and television. At the age of eleven Chris became Texas’ youngest DJ at KOZA in Odessa, Texas.
At the age of thirteen he graduated to the role of cameraman and confirmed that he had indeed chosen a “cool” career path. Thirty years later Chris has been part of hundreds of productions for various networks including ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.
Most recently Chris spent six years as the production manager for Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas. The weekly attendance of Christ Chapel is 4000; this does not include its large live streaming audience. He was an integral part of the design for the video backbone of the church in his time there.
In 2011 he became the Dallas Technical Director for The Blaze (then GBTV.) In this role he TD’d ‘Glenn Beck,’ “The Glenn Beck Program’ (radio), ‘The Fourth Hour’ and various specials.
He has since been officially hired as a Director for The Blaze and in this role continues to TD while also taking on the added responsibility of directing ‘Pat & Stu’ and ‘The Wonderful World of Stu’ After thirty years in the biz Chris can still confirm how very “cool” his career is.
Linda Levy has led broadcast journalists in covering major events as well as day-to-day coverage. It is that valuable experience that motivated her to become one of the founders of The NWT Group, No Whining Talent. The company is comprised of former news directors, station managers, anchors, reporters and executive producers. The team of agents guides the careers of some of the brightest up-and-coming broadcast journalists in the business today. The NWT Group represents journalists in job placements and contract negotiations. It's the NWT coaching program that clients receive that sets the group apart from other agencies, and is an integral part of the NWT model.
Linda’s experience as a broadcast news leader is invaluable guiding careers through an ever-changing landscape. She has been a News Director in markets ranging from the top five market at KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas to medium markets—including WKBW in Buffalo, WDSU in New Orleans, KOCO in Oklahoma City, Bay New 9 in Tampa—to small markets, such as KATC in Lafayette, LA.
Linda also worked in news at the corporate level, as Director of News Services for Belo. In that role, she oversaw shared coverage of major news events, including the Oklahoma City bombing to hurricanes to the '96 Presidential campaign. While at Belo, she also served as one of the Senior Producers of "Prime Time Texas,” a weekly newsmagazine that aired in several markets in the state.
While at KTVT, the news department was recognized by the Pew Center as #1 major market late newscast in the country in its “Project for Excellence in Journalism” and Linda has been the recipient of numerous other recognitions and awards, including regional Emmy honors.
Linda served as a faculty member of the Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media, formed by The National Judicial College. Its goal is to better communications between judges and journalists through seminars and workshops. In addition, Linda served as a guest faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
Linda is an avid supporter of cancer research and participates in a research advocacy program for hereditary cancer diseases. She lives in Arlington, Texas.