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.

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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