We have a number of media experts, and an artist in residence, who have risen to the occasion to help turn our Last Hurrah into into a book, into art, and even a video.  Here is a brief summary of who they are. 

Bill Cran and Vicki Barker


Radio correspondent Vicki Barker is a friend from Dena’s journalistic days who is taking a few days off from CBS and National Public Radio to join us in Oman with her husband Bill.  Vicki has won awards for her reporting of  the 1991 Gulf War, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the 2006 Lebanon war, as well as the Paris terror attacks.  Bill has spent 30+ years making television documentaries for American public television, the CBC and the BBC. He has won multiple Emmy awards; and his documentary, "Jihad: the Men and Ideas Behind Al Qaeda," won the Pulitzer prize for broadcasters, the DuPont Award;  it was also shown to British Special Forces headed to Afghanistan.

Mohammed al Balushi:  Action Photographer


Mohammed is the official photographer of the Royal Cavalry of Oman.  Thanks to Brigadier General Abdi Al Shahwarzi and Saif Al Rawahi, who runs horse events around the world for the Royal Cavalry and Oman by Horseback, Mohammed will be photographing the action, both four legged as well as the entire weekend.

Connie Campbell:  Reeling Photographer 

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Daughter of long-time reelers Andy and Amanda Campbell, Connie Campbell is a freelance photographer who will be following us through the event and is aptly suited to be the best reeling photographer on the dance floor. 

Alicia Findlay Artist in Residence


 A graduate of the Florence Academy of Art, Alicia will be arriving with easels and oils to record our last hurrah in art form.  As our official artist in residence, Alicia has created the delightful sketches of Omani wildlife for the tables and would be delighted to take requests for the evening.   aliciafindlayart@gmail.com