Kate Bennett

CNN White House reporter Kate Bennett


ATLANTIC CITY — The Miss America Organization and dick clark productions announced Monday the panel of judges for the nonbroadcast preliminary rounds of the 2018 Miss America Competition.

The panel includes: Carolyn Conrad, an entertainment lawyer; Karen Knuston, the Global Government Affairs and Policy leader for Baker Hughes; Kate Bennett, a White House reporter for CNN; Patrick Rush, who works in casting; Rusty Joiner, an actor; Susan Perkins Botsford, Miss America 1978; and Vivian Nixon, an entrepreneurial artist, producer, director, choreographer, dancer and actress.

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The judges will pick the top 15 finalists competing for the 2018 Miss America title during the preliminary week of competition Sept. 6 to 8 in Atlantic City.

“The 2018 Miss America Competition” will air live at 9 p.m. Sept. 10 on ABC.

Celebrity judges for the “The 2018 Miss America Competition” will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Waldy Diez joined the Press of Atlantic City's breaking news team in July 2017. She's a graduate of Syracuse and Rowan Universities. Previously, she was a morning tv news producer.

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