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Editor Panel Discussion

Rhoda Miel, Assistant Managing Editor, Plastics News

Biography: Rhoda Miel is assistant managing editor of Plastics News. She joined PN in 2000 as a reporter covering the automotive and tooling beats and was promoted to news editor in 2014 and to her current post in 2019. A 1984 graduate of Central Michigan University, she also worked for daily newspapers for 15 years before joining Plastics News.

Matthew Naitove, Executive Editor, Plastics Technology

Biography: Matt Naitove is Executive Editor of Plastics Technology magazine, where he has reported on virtually every aspect of plastics since 1972. Matt started at PT as a cub reporter fresh out of school and rose through the ranks to Chief Editor, a position he held for 28+ years. His current editorial responsibilities include copy editing the entire issue, managing copy flow, maintaining beat coverage of blow molding technology, and recruiting speakers for Plastics Technology conferences.

Mat is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a masters degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is a member of SPE and the Plastics Pioneers Association.

Norbert Sparrow
Editor-in-Chief, Plastics Today

Biography: Norbert Sparrow has been editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015. He has more than 20 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media, starting with European Medical Device Manufacturer and ultimately overseeing the editorial content for publications and websites serving the medical device manufacturing supply chain in North America, Japan, and China, as well as Europe. Sparrow studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.

The legacy brand of Modern Plastics — the oldest US plastics trade magazine founded almost 100 years ago — and Injection Molding Magazine, PlasticsToday covers news and developments in plastics processing with an emphasis on the mobility, medical, and packaging end markets. In addition to the website, www.plasticstoday.com, PlasticsToday engages with its audience via daily newsletters, social media platforms, webinars, and white papers, and it is associated with the Plastec, PLAST-EX, and Expoplast trade shows in North America.

Pat Toensmeier
Plastics Engineering

Biography: Pat Toensmeier is editor-in-chief of Plastics Engineering magazine, a publication of SPE. He has been writing about the global plastics industry for 35 years, covering diverse topics ranging from equipment and controls, materials and composites to product design and development, recycling, regulation, and market applications and trends. Prior to joining Plastics Engineering as a contributing writer in 2004, he was managing editor and editor-in-chief of Modern Plastics and Modern Plastics International magazines and managing editor of Defense Technology International, a publication of Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine. Toensmeier is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He lives in Hamden, Conn.

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