Your eyes don’t deceive you. Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be the keynote speaker at a journalism conference in Phoenix.

You can leave the pink underwear at home, though. The keynote will be in an interview format with Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini. “America’s Toughest Sheriff” will discuss journalism and his reputation in the media — for better or worse.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ 2016 Region 11 Conference will take place April 29 and 30 at the Heard Museum (2301 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix). Region 11 includes journalists from California, Nevada, Hawaii and Arizona. Primary programming will include panels about ethics, Freedom of Information and reporting on race and water — but a full list is available here:

Student attendees can also engage in mock interviews and resume reviews with local magazine and newspaper editors.

The keynote will occur April 30 at 9 a.m.

Student journalists will also be recognized for outstanding reporting at SPJ National’s Region 11 Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon on April 30. Winners will be considered for national recognition.

Interested in registering? Go here: