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.



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).


  • $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.