Candidates accept Akron Press Club invitation for mayoral debate August 19

The three Democratic candidates in the Akron mayoral primary will participate in a debate to be presented by the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, August 19, 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 three candidates – Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale, Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan and Akron Councilman Mike Williams – have agreed to the debate format.
Each candidate will have 90 seconds to answer questions posed by a panel of journalists. The other candidates will have 45 seconds each for rebuttal. The order of the questions will be determined by a lottery. Each candidate will be asked the same number of questions.
The journalists selected by the Press Club to ask the questions are:
· Edward L. Esposito, vice president, information media for the Rubber City Radio Group.
· M.L. Schultze, digital editor and reporter for WKSU-FM.
· Mark Turner, Akron Beacon Journal executive news editor.
Beacon Journal Editor Bruce Winges will moderate the debate.
Members of the audience are asked to reserve their applause until the end of the debate. No campaigning will be allowed in the debate room, including but not limited to buttons, stickers, T-shirts or other printed material. The Press Club reserves the right to refuse anyone displaying such material admission to the debate room.
There will not be a primary debate on the Republican side since there is only one candidate. The Press Club is planning for a debate in the fall between the Democratic primary winner and the Republican candidate, who will face off in the November general election.

Details:
Program: Akron Democratic mayoral debate.
Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 19. 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. (Early bird discount of $15 for members and $20 for non-members for reservations made by Wednesday, August 12.)
$25 for all reservations made after Friday, August 14 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: 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, August 14.
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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Akron Press Club presents mayoral debate August 19

The Akron Press Club will present a debate among the Democratic candidates in the Akron mayoral primary on Wednesday, August 19, 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 moderator of the debate and the journalists who will pose the questions will be selected by the Press Club.

All Democratic candidates who are certified by the Summit County Board of Elections for the September primary have been invited to participate in the debate.

There will not be a primary debate on the Republican side since there is only one candidate. The Press Club is planning for a debate in the fall between the Democratic primary winner and the Republican candidate, who will face off in the November general election.

 

Details:

Program: Akron Democratic mayoral debate.

Time: Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 19. Program follows.

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

Cost:

  • $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
  • Early bird discount of $15 for members and $20 for non-members for reservations made by Wednesday, August 12.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Friday, August 14 (members and non-members).

Reservations requested: 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, August 14.

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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Check out our YouTube channel for past Press Club speeches

Press Club luncheon speeches may be found on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCff8Ytz7wvnAQ–BT-oGL-w

This archive is offered as a public service by the Press Club for those who may have missed a luncheon speech or those who want to revisit a speech.

This Press Club video archive is made possible through the work of Chris Miller of the Akron Community Foundation’s Akron Digital Media Center.

 

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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Eight area students receive scholarships

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

The Akron Press Club will award a seventh scholarship and an eighth will be given to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Beacon Journal.

Each scholarship is for $5,000.

The winners are:

  • Samantha Ickes of Kent State University.
  • Vivian Feke of KSU.
  • Alexis Kreiner of Malone University.
  • Erin McLaughlin of KSU.
  • Matthew Merchant of KSU.
  • James Miller of KSU.
  • Zaina Salem of the University of Akron.
  • Raymond Strickland of KSU.

The scholars will be recognized at a noon luncheon April 24 at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St. Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer will be the guest speaker.  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.

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Akron Press Club presents Akron Marathon panel April 28

A panel from the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series will speak at the Akron Press Club on Tuesday, April 28. Lunch will be at 11:45 a.m., and the program will follow. There will be opportunity for questions.

This event is co-sponsored by Summit Metro Parks.

Akron Marathon panelist will be:

  • Anne Bitong, president and executive director.
  • Brian Polen, race director.
  • Jeannine Marks, race co-founder.

The Akron Marathon made its debut in 2003. The event has grown by more than 300 percent since then. This year the series will introduce new race dates in June (8K and 1 mile) and August (half-marathon and 10K).

 

Details:

Program: Akron Marathon panel.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 28. Program follows.

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

Cost:

  • $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
  • Early bird discount of $15 for members and $20 for non-members for reservations made by Tuesday, April 21.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Friday, April 24 (members and non-members).

Reservations requested: 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, April 24.

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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Akron Press Club presents a night with the RubberDucks and owner Ken Babby May 19

Join the Akron Press Club for a special event that will start with a behind-the-scenes tour of Canal Park, include a presentation by RubberDucks owner Ken Babby and end with a game between Akron and the New Britain Rock Cats.

This event is co-sponsored with the Knight Foundation.

The evening begins at 4:30 p.m. with a tour of Canal Park. Those wanting to take the 30-minute tour should report to the Game Grill + Bar by 4:30 p.m.

The Duck Club (located above the Game Grill) will open at 5 p.m. Ballpark food is included with the ticket price.

RubberDucks owner Ken Babby will speak at 5:25 p.m. on “Affordable family fun: Using social media to grow a business in the community.” Babby bought the RubberDucks in 2013 and recently purchased the Double A Jacksonville Suns. As is the tradition of the Press Club, there will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

The game begins at 6:35 p.m.

 

 

Details:

Event: Ken Babby speech followed by RubberDucks game.

Time: Canal Park tour begins at 4:30 p.m., May 19. Duck Club opens at 5 p.m. Babby speech at 5:25 p.m. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.

Place: Canal Park, 300 South Main Street, Akron. Free parking is available in the deck at State and Main streets after 5 p.m.

Cost:  $28 per person. Cost includes tour, ballpark food and seeing the game from the Duck Club..

Reservations requested: Contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of event.

Reservation deadline:  Friday, May 15.

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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Akron Press Club presents David Graham March 3

Journalist David A. Graham will speak at the Akron Press Club on Tuesday, March 3. Lunch will be at 11:45 a. m., and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity of questions.

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

Graham is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers political and global news. He previously worked for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

 

Details:

Speaker: Journalist David A. Graham.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, March 3. Program follows.

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

Cost:

  • $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
  • Early bird discount of $15 for members and $20 for non-members for reservations made by Tuesday, February 24.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Friday, February 27 (members and non-members).

Reservations requested: 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, February 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.

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Akron Press Club presents Hedrick Smith April 7

Journalist and author Hedrick Smith will speak at the Akron Press Club on Tuesday, April 7. Lunch will be at 11:45 a.m., and the program will follow. There will be opportunity for questions.

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

Smith was a member of the New York Times team that won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for its work on the Pentagon Papers. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1974 for stories from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Smith wrote the book “The Russians” based on his years as Times’ Moscow bureau chief from 1971-74. He also wrote “The Power Game: How Washington Works” and “Who Stole the American Dream?”

Smith has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series for PBS since 1989. Two of his Frontline programs, “The Wall Street Fix” and “Can You Afford to Retire?”  won Emmys.

Smith was born in Kilmacolm, Scotland. His journalism career began as a reporter for The Greenville (S.C.) News. After graduating from Williams College, doing graduate work as a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University, and serving three years in the U.S. Air Force, Smith joined United Press International in 1959.

 

Details:

Speaker: Hedrick Smith, journalist and author.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 7. Program follows.

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

Cost:

  • $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
  • Early bird discount of $15 for members and $20 for non-members for reservations made by Tuesday, March 31.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Friday, April 3 (members and non-members).

Reservations requested: 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, April 3.

 

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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Russ Pry speech March 12

Summit County Executive Russ Pry will deliver his annual State of the County Speech at the John S. Knight Center on Thursday, March 12. Lunch will be at 11:45 a.m., and the program will follow.

There will be the opportunity for questions.

Pry was elected to his second four-year term as county executive in November 2012. He has been executive since July 2007, when he was selected to complete the term of retiring Executive James McCarthy.

A lifelong resident of Summit County, Pry holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Kent State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. Prior to becoming county executive, Russ chaired the Summit County Democratic Party for 10 years. He is a life member and past treasurer of the Mogadore Historical Society and was the chairman of the Village of Mogadore Charter Review Commission in 1990.

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

Speaker: Summit County Executive Russell M. Pry.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Program follows.

Place: John S. Knight Center, 77 S. Mill Street, Akron

Cost: 

  • $25 per ticket
  • $250 for a table of 10

Registration:  Click here for fast and easy online registration. RSVPs also accepted through Lianne Fowler, Club Administrator, at 330-552-8860 or email akronpressclub@gmail.com

 

 

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Superintendent David James to deliver State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 24

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 24. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

As superintendent, James is responsible for about 22,000 students and 3,000 employees.

Akron Public Schools began the 2014-15 year with the opening of the King Community Learning Center, which is part of an $800 million project to open schools to their surrounding neighborhoods. Also last fall, Akron schools were in the headlines when Resnik elementary was closed because of the Ebola scare.

The schools offer a dual enrollment program with Stark State College and the University of Akron Innovation Generation Scholarship Program. ACT testing for college begins in the junior year for students, so they may take the test twice.

James graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cleveland State University. He joined the Akron school district in 1992, became executive director for business affairs 2002, and was named superintendent in August 2008.

He chairs the University Park Alliance and serves on the boards of United Way, Leadership Akron and the Ohio 8 Coalition of Superintendents.

He lives in Akron with his wife and his two children attend Akron Public Schools.

 

Details:

Speaker: David James, Akron Public Schools superintendent.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24. Program follows.

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

Cost:

  • $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Friday, Feb. 20 (members & non-members).
  • Reservations requested: 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, Feb. 20.

 

Upcoming for the Press Club:

  • Summit County Executive Russ Pry will give his annual State of the County presentation Thursday, March 12.

 

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.

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