RESCHEDULED: Akron Press club presents political consultant Jerry Austin in January 2023

Long-time political strategist Jerry Austin will speak at the Akron Press Club luncheon program has been moved to January 2023, from December 14, 2022.

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

Doors open at 11 a.m., buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Program follows.

Bronx native Austin was schooled in Cleveland politics in the late 1960s. He was the Ohio campaign manager for President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and served as Jesse Jackson’s campaign manager for the presidential campaign in 1988. Austin helped elect Richard Celeste Ohio governor twice. In 1992 he was the consultant and media adviser for Carol Moseley Braun’s successful campaign to become the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Jerry Austin

Austin has provided consulting for many successful long-shot congressional races. In addition, he developed a unique targeting strategy for voters who have dogs or pets.

Austin holds a BA in history from the City College of New York, a master’s in public administration from New York University and a master’s in education from the University of Akron. He taught as an adjunct at Akron for 18 years and was director of the International Fellows Program at the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

Program: Political consultant Jerry Austin
Date: TBD January 2023
Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway, Akron, OH
Cost: $30 per individual. $240 for table of 8.

Fast & easy online registration here!

Or contact Leah Nemeth, Press Club administrator, at
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Reservation deadline: TBD

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.

Proceeds from Akron Press Club events fund scholarships for journalism and public relations students. Between the Press Club and the John S. Knight Memorial Scholarship Fund, scholarships of $5,000 were awarded to 10 students in 2022.

The Press Club sincerely thanks Summit County for its generous donation to the scholarship fund. One of our scholarships is named in honor of the late County Executive Russ Pry. Russ was a supporter of the Press Club through his annual State of the County speech. Current Executive Ilene Shapiro continues that tradition.

Please consider a donation to the Akron Press Club to fund scholarships. They make a difference to the students who receive them. You can donate by following the link on the registration page for this event.

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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 for membership information.