Gene has spoken extensively in public forums about his work and journalism . At the annual convention of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, in New York City, he discussed interviewing techniques. At a Columbia College reunion, he addressed life after newspaper buyouts (reprinted in Nieman Watchdog). He has spoken at Politics & Prose, perhaps the nation’s foremost independent bookstore, and at its affiliate Busboys & Poets, on four occasions, focusing on Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. He has addressed the prestigious Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., and the National Press Club on the subject of reporters without newsrooms, and he gave a talk on the forgotten Confederate legacy of Montgomery County, Maryland at the Sandy Spring Museum, in the Washington suburbs. Gene can speak on the following topics:
- Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown’s Army
- Confederate Memorials – the issues and the choices
- “The Post” and The Post – an insider’s view before, during and after the Pentagon Papers and Watergate
- The Past, Present and Future of Journalism
- Reporters without Newsrooms
- Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay
- The Gig Economy – True or False?