Robert Higgs, PolitiFact Ohio editor and deputy metro editor of the Plain Dealer, will speak Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Akron Press Club at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
This luncheon program is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters for the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
PolitiFact is the fact-checking project of the Plain Dealer in partnership with the Tampa Bay Times. It has used its “Truth-O-Meter” to rate claims made in political ads, speeches and debates. In the politically charged atmosphere of Ohio this year, it played a crucial role in examining claims made by candidates for president and both houses of Congress. PolitiFact found that claims directly from candidates tend to be true more than those from special-interest groups, PACS and political-party campaign wings.
Higgs joined Plain Dealer in 1995 has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a law degree from the University of Akron.
Speaker: PolitiFact Ohio Editor Robert Higgs.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Program follows.
Place: Martin Center, University of Akron, 105 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44325.
Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.
Reservation deadline: 11 a.m. Nov. 27.
The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.