Photos from Akron mayoral debate



Akron mayoral candidates incumbent Dan Horrigan and challenger Josh Sines debated before an Akron Press Club crowd of more than 300 Oct. 16.

The candidates agreed on a number of issues. Both said they may have to raise sewer rates and each would emphasize cyber security and streamline city departments.



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Impeaching a President Panel Discussion at Akron Press Club November 20

The Akron Press Club will present a special panel discussion “Impeaching a President: Understanding the Current Moment” November 20 at Quaker Station on the campus of the University of Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.
This Press Club event is co-sponsored with The University of Akron Center for Constitutional Law and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
The panel will be moderated by Tracy A. Thomas, Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law and Director of the UA Center for Constitutional Law.
The panelists are:
● Martin H. Belsky, UA law professor and former law school dean. He also has served as counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives.
● David B. Cohen, UA political science professor and assistant director of the Bliss Institute. His research specialization is the American presidency and he is a frequent media contributor and guest speaker on national and Ohio politics.
● Brant T. Lee, UA law professor and assistant dean of diversity and social justice initiatives. He also has served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and in the White House as special assistant to the president.

Please note the special start time for this panel discussion. Doors open at 11:15 a.m., buffet lunch starts 11:30 a.m. and program begins at 11:45 a.m.

Panel discussion: Impeaching a President.
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at 11:45 a.m.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway, University of Akron campus.
Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members.
Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, November 15, 2019.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

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. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Democratic and Republican Akron mayoral candidates will debate October 16

The Democratic and Republican candidates facing off in the November election for Akron mayor will participate in a debate to be presented by the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station.

The debate is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

The two candidates – incumbent Dan Horrigan and challenger Josh Sines – have agreed to the debate.

Please note that no campaigning will be allowed in the debate room, including but not limited to signs, T-shirts or other printed material. The Press Club reserves the right to refuse anyone displaying such material admission to the debate room.

Free seats are available for those who which to attend the debate but not pay for a lunch. Reservations are requested for these seats.

Details:

Program: Akron mayoral debate.

Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 16. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:15 and the program will begin at 11:55 a.m.       

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost:  $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, October 11.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

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.

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Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro State of the County Speech August 29 sold out

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro will deliver the annual State of the County speech at the John S. Knight Center on Thursday, August 29. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the program will begin at noon. The event is sold out.

The speech is sponsored by the Akron Press Club. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Ilene Shapiro was appointed county executive in 2016. She was elected to the office the following November, becoming Summit County’s first elected woman county executive. She is a former county council president who served on the council for nearly 10 years.

She manages a budget of nearly $500 million that includes nine departments. She serves on the University of Akron Research Foundation Board, the County Executives of America board of directors, board of the Akron Community Foundation and is a member of the Greater Akron Area ATHENA PowerLink governing body.  

Shapiro is co-founder of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, and has served as past president of the Women’s Network.

She is a former senior vice president of sales with FirstMerit Corp. and director of strategic alliances at the Summa Foundation. She also started a beauty supply business and owned a consulting business.

Proceeds from this speech and other Press Club events fund scholarships for students of journalism and public relations.

Program: State of the County 2019

Date: Thursday, August 29

Time: Doors open 11 a.m. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon

Place: John S. Knight Center

Cost: $35 Individual Tickets, members and non-members

          $350 per table of 10

The event is sold out.

All elected officials must register through Julie Tortora at the Summit County Executive’s Office at jtortora@summitoh.net or 330-643-2609.

All other registrations may be made through the Akron Press Club. Click here for fast and easy online registration (non-elected officials).  Or contact Lianne Fowler, Akron Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

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. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Akron Press Club, John S. Knight scholarships awarded

A total of nine students are receiving scholarships for $5,000 each from the Akron Press Club and the John S. Knight Journalism Fund.

Six area college students were selected for scholarships in memory of longtime Akron Beacon Journal editor John S. Knight and public relations professional Ludel Sauvageot.

A seventh student received the Russ Pry scholarship from the Akron Press Club, named in honor

of the Summit County executive who died in 2016. He supported the Press Club through his annual State of the County speech.

Through the generosity of Aileen Thong, a retired U.S. Army physician, in tribute to her father, the late Louis Gitsin Thong, the Akron Press Club awarded two more scholarships.

This year’s Knight scholars are Jenna Borthwick, Ian Kreider, Madison Patterson, Valerie

Royzman and Ariel R. Stahler, all of Kent State University.

The Sauvageot scholar is Alexa Marco of Kent State.

The Russ Pry scholar is Zachary Bush of the University of Akron.

The Thong scholars are Rachel Hale and Sophia Iannelli, both of Kent State. The scholars will be recognized at a noon luncheon April 26 at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St., in downtown Akron. Tickets for the lunch, sponsored by the Akron Press Club, are $20. For reservations, contact Kim Anderson of the Beacon Journal at 330-996-3291.

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

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Akron Press Club immigration panel April 24

Immigration and Northeast Ohio will be the topic of an Akron Press Club panel discussion on Wednesday, April 24, at The Tangier. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

            The broad national debate about the impact of immigration – legal and undocumented – plays out in Northeast Ohio as well. Akron and Summit County have adopted a “welcoming community” plan for refugees and immigrants, and much of the limited population growth here has been spurred by the legal migration. Yet Ohio has four Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities detaining people in raids across the country.

            The Akron Press Club panel will take a closer look at the issues and impact.

The panel members are:

  • Madhu Sharma, executive director of the International Institute of Akron.
  • Elizabeth Knowles, director of the University of Akron School of Law’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.
  • Utomhin Okoh, a community relations officer with the Akron Police Department.
  • Damber Subba, the first Bhutanese refugee to be sworn into the Akron Police Department.

            The panel will be moderated by Akron Press Club board member M.L. Schultze.

            Please join us for a deeper exploration of the issues facing immigrants and the communities they’re part of.

Program: Immigration panel.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, April 22.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

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.

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The U.S. political system is broken and that is putting America behind China on the world stage, Rep. Tim Ryan told an audience of 175 at the Akron Press Club on March 11. The United States can out innovate China if every leader and citizen focuses on the problems we face rather than the issues that divide us.

The Democrat from Niles also said he still is considering a presidential bid.


Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, speaks at the Akron Press Club March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Press Club audience listens to Rep. Tim Ryan March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, speaks at the Akron Press Club March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Press Club audience listens to Rep. Tim Ryan March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Press Club audience listens to Rep. Tim Ryan March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Press Club audience listens to Rep. Tim Ryan March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, speaks at the Akron Press Club March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Press Club audience listens to Rep. Tim Ryan March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
WKSU news director Andrew Meyer asks a question of Tim Ryan at the Akron Press Club March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Press Club audience listens to Rep. Tim Ryan March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, speaks at the Akron Press Club March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, speaks at the Akron Press Club March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Press Club audience listens to Rep. Tim Ryan March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
A member of the audience holds up a question for Tim Ryan at the Akron Press Club March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, speaks at the Akron Press Club March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Press Club board member Ron Syroid gathers questions for Tim Ryan at the Akron Press Club March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, speaks at the Akron Press Club March 11. [Photo by Shane Wynn]

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Photos: State of Akron Public Schools

Akron Press Club, Feb. 28, 2019

Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James delivered his annual State of the Schools speech before an audience of 450 at The Tangier.

The GAR Foundation announced that it is giving $1.2 million to Akron Public Schools to tie grade-specific field trips with classroom curriculum, with all elementary school children — an estimated 8,800 — eventually participating annually.

State of the Schools, Akron Press Club, Feb. 28, 2019. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James [Photo by Shane Wynn]
State of the Schools, Akron Press Club, Feb. 28, 2019. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
State of the Schools, Akron Press Club, Feb. 28, 2019. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Kirsten Toth and Christine Amer Mayer of GAR Foundation with David James. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Kirsten Toth and Christine Amer Mayer of GAR Foundation with David James. [Photo by Shane Wynn]

Kirsten Toth and Christine Amer Mayer of GAR Foundation with David James. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
State of the Schools, Akron Press Club, Feb. 28, 2019. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
State of the Schools, Akron Press Club, Feb. 28, 2019. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
State of the Schools, Akron Press Club, Feb. 28, 2019. [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James [Photo by Shane Wynn]
Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James [Photo by Shane Wynn]
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Tim Ryan to speak at Akron Press Club March 11

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan will speak at the Akron Press Club on Monday March 11 at Quaker Station on the campus of the University of Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions following speech.

This event is co-sponsored with the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

Ryan is a Democrat from Ohio’s 13th Congressional district, which includes portions of Summit County. Now in his eighth term, he has represented the district since 2003. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chairs the Legislative Branch Subcommittee of

the Appropriations Committee and co-chairs the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus.

Ryan holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and studied abroad as part of the Dickinson School of Law’s International Law Program in Florence, Italy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bowling Green State University.

He was an aide to Rep. Tim Traficant and served in the Ohio Senate from 2001 to 2002 before succeeding Traficant.

Ryan is a native of Niles and lives in Howland with his wife, Andrea, and their three children.

Speaker: Tim Ryan.

Date:  Monday, March 11, 2019.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

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. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Superintendent David James to deliver State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 28

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions following his address.

Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch is at 11:30 and the program will follow.

As superintendent, James is responsible for more than 21,000 students and 3,000 employees. The district includes 45 schools and community learning centers.

Akron Public Schools, in partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation, opened the I Promise school in the past year. The school is for students at risk of falling behind. It is based on the foundation’s existing I Promise Network programs, which have helped more than 1,300 Akron-area grade school students the past seven years.

The transformation to College & Career Academies has made significant progress in the past year. All APS ninth-graders are enrolled in Freshman Academy, where students can make informed decisions about selecting an academy for their sophomore through senior years. More than 160 business and community partners have agreed to work with individual academies and pathways at APS high schools. The district is on track to launch academies in every school in the 2019-20 school year.

            The district also offers dual degree programs where students can earn a high school diploma and a two-year college degree upon graduation from high school.

            David James is a graduate of Cleveland John Adams High School and Cleveland State University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He joined the Akron school district in 1992, became executive director for business affairs in 2002 and superintendent in August 2008.

Program: State of Akron Schools by Superintendent David James.

Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28. Program follows.          

Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

Cost: $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Feb. 25.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

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. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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