National Press Club President Jeff Ballou to speak March 29

Jeff Ballou, the president of the National Press Club, will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, March 29. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
The event is co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
Ballou, a news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network, was elected in December and took office in January. He is the first African-American male to be president in the club’s 109-year-old history. Ballou has been a National Press Club member since 1992. He previously was vice president and first was elected to the board of governors in 2012.
“Our profession is under attack,” Ballou said at the time of election. “The work, voice, safe harbor and fellowship of the National Press Club are needed now, more than ever. We are seeing some of the finest journalism of our time covering the biggest stories of our time. But faith in journalism is shaken in part by those pretending to be us and lying while doing it.”
The National Press Club was founded in 1908. It serves its members through activities that bolster their skills, through services that meet the changing needs of the global communications profession, and through social activities that build a vital media community in Washington and across the world. Visit their website at

Program: Jeff Ballou, National Press Club President.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, March 29. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· Advance payment required for tables of eight.
· $25 for all reservations made after Friday, March 24 (members & non-members).
Reservations requested: Click here for fast and easy online reservations or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, March 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.

Upcoming at the Press Club:
· Dr. Para Jones, president of Stark State College, will speak April 19.
· State of Summit County speech by Executive Ilene Shapiro, fall 2017

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 for membership information.