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Enjoy front row reserved seating at St. Louis County Library "In Conversation" Author Series sponsored by St. Louis Press Club

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November 13, 2019
Peter Caddick-Adams
“Sand and Steel”

St. Louis County Library Headquarters
7:00p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, British military historian Peter Caddick-Adams’ “Sand and Steel” is a comprehensive, monumental account of the greatest and most consequential military operation of modern times, drawing on first-hand battlefield research and personal testimony and interviews. In addition to covering the build-up to the invasion, Caddick-Adams gives a detailed account of the German preparations and reveals precisely what lay in wait for the Allies. But the heart of the book is Caddick-Adams’ narratives of the five beaches where the terrible drama played out—Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword—and the attempt by American, British, and Canadian soldiers to gain a foothold in Europe.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.
Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.


St. Louis Press Club Annual Meeting and Dinner
December 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Missouri Athletic Club - Downtown

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Featuring Guest Speaker
Correspondent Peter Maer

Veteran broadcast journalist Peter Maer’s career centered on nearly 35 years as a White House correspondent. 

Prior to his retirement in 2015, Maer covered the presidential beat for CBS News for nearly 20 years. He previously covered the White House for NBC Radio News and Mutual Broadcasting. His assignments included major world summits and other key events, including every political convention, campaign and election from 1980 to 2016. He continues to serve as a CBS News Contributor.  Maer’s assignments took him to nearly every state and more than 50 foreign countries.

Maer was among the reporters and administration officials evacuated from the White House on September 11, 2001.  He was a member the CBS News team honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. He played a leading role in the network's Murrow Award-winning coverage of the Clinton impeachment trial.  Maer also won a Murrow Award for feature reporting. He is a five-time recipient of the prestigious Merriman Smith Award for Presidential Coverage Under Deadline Pressure. 

He won Scripps-Howard and National Radio Festival Awards for radio documentaries on President Clinton's initiative on race relations and the anniversary of the integration of Little Rock’s Central High School.  He is the recipient of the 2019 “Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award” presented by Interfaith Alliance. He also was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame.

He was honored with Overseas Press Club citations for his coverage of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake and the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev Summit.   Maer was a longtime member of the White House Correspondents’ Association and served as a board member, secretary and treasurer.

Prior to his network career, Maer worked as a reporter at radio stations in the St. Louis area, starting at hometown station WGNU and WIBV Belleville, KSHE and WEW. From St. Louis, Maer went on to stations in Nashville and Atlanta.

A native of Granite City, Illinois, Maer is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He was twice chosen as the school's commencement speaker and was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.  He was also inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.  Maer has served as a guest journalism lecturer at The George Washington University, American University and the University of Mary Washington.  He was a Visiting Fellow on “The Presidency and the Press” at The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce University.

Maer and his wife Elizabeth Doyne Maer take pride in their two grown children and five grandchildren.


St. Louis Press Club’s
2019 MEDIA PERSONS OF THE YEAR GALA

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Monday,October 21, noon: Press Club Board Meeting at 8888 Ladue Road, Room 250.


Announcements and Recent Press Club Events

St. Louis Press Club's Beauty Buzz Raises Scholarship Funds

Over $16,000 was raised for journalism scholarships at our annual Beauty Buzz event September 7 at Neiman Marcus.  After a reception of passed breakfast bites and beverages (including delicious mimosas), Nearly 180 women of all ages were treated to a fall fashion runway show combined with tips and tricks on skin care, cosmetics and fragrance products shared by beauty experts from 13 companies.  Jasmine Huda, anchor/reporter KTVI Fox 2, emceed the program. 

 "Journalists are facing many difficult challenges simply wanting to do their jobs informing the public," said Aisha Sultan, co-chair of the event and columnist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "This popular Press Club event allows us to raise money that helps support the future generation of journalists whose work is so critical to democracy." 

 Sultan and her daughter Ameena Sultan Khan  were the mother-daughter chairperson team.  Thanks go to Cheryl DiMauro, Manager of Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac, and the show  coordinators Ashley Kelly, Cosmetics Manager and Jewele Merrit, Fine Apparel Manager.

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Presented by The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists and the St. Louis Press Club

A forum that featurd leading local journalists, community and academic leaders, discussed the pros and cons of the divided governmental structure of the St. Louis metro region.  The forum analyzed the history as well as the future of our divided regional structure. The audience was invited to submit questions.  

Journalists were: 
Venton Blandon, KMOV-TV News 4
Jo Mannies, formerly of St. Louis Public Radio and St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sharon Stevens, HEC-TV producer and former KSDK education reporter
Dale Singer, retired St. Louis Public Radio.

Panelists included:
Virvus Jones, former St. Louis City Comptroller
Pat Kelly, Executive Director of the Municipal League of Metropolitan St. Louis
Todd Swanstrom, Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration, Community Innovation and Action Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Mike Jones, former policy aide to former Mayor Clarence Harmon and former County Executive Charley Dooley and Lewis Reed, President of St. Louis City Board of Aldermen.



Sylvester Brown, Jr.
"When Journalists Listen: The Story of a Word Warrior."

July 26
Rendezvous Room of the Missouri Athletic Club-downtown,
407 Washington


At 5:30 p.m on July 26, Press Club hosted Sylvester Brown, Jr. – author, community activist and former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter –  who spoke about "When Journalists Listen: The Story of a Word Warrior."

Prior to Brown's position with the Post, he published Take Five Magazine, an investigative regional publication, for 15 years. The publication received more than 30 awards for its investigative series, general reporting and Sylvester’s political and social commentaries. Brown also founded the Sweet Potato Project, a St. Louis-based entrepreneurial and agricultural program for urban youth. 

This project inspired his recently released book, When We Listen: Recognizing the Potential of Urban Youth.”

Guests enjoyed  wine, soda and appetizers


The Summer Courier is HERE!


Recent Speakers at St. Louis County Library "In Conversation" Author Series sponsored by St. Louis Press Club

For Press Club Reserved Seats, email info@stlpressclub.org
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July 30, 2019
John C. McManus
“Fire and Fortitude: The US Army In The Pacific War, 1941-1943”

St. Louis County Library Headquarters
7:00p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In this engrossing, epic history of the US Army in the Pacific War, John McManus, one of our most highly acclaimed historians of World War II, takes readers from Pearl Harbor, a rude awakening for a military woefully unprepared for war, to Makin, a sliver of coral reef where the Army was tested against the increasingly desperate Japanese. In between were nearly two years of punishing combat as the Army transformed from an undertrained garrison force into an unstoppable juggernaut, and America evolved from an inward-looking nation into a global superpower.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

July 9, 2019
Charles Fishman
“One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us To The Moon”

St. Louis County Library Headquarters
7:00p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the bestselling author of “The Wal-Mart Effect,” “One Giant Leap” introduces readers to the men and women tasked with putting a man on the moon. From the halls of MIT, where the eccentric digital pioneer Charles Draper created the two computers aboard Apollo 11, to the factories where hundreds of women weaved computer programs with copper wire, Charles Fishman captures the sweeping achievement of these ordinary Americans.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

June 24, 2019
William J. Burns
"The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for it's Renewal"

St. Louis County Library Headquarters
7:00p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Over the course of more than three decades as an American diplomat, William J. Burns played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time—from the bloodless end of the Cold War to the collapse of post–Cold War relations with Putin’s Russia, from post–9/11 tumult in the Middle East to the secret nuclear talks with Iran. Drawing on a trove of newly declassified cables and memos, Burns gives readers a rare inside look at American diplomacy in action. “The Back Channel” is an eloquent, deeply informed, and timely story of a life spent in service of American interests abroad. It is also a powerful reminder, in a time of great turmoil, of the enduring importance of diplomacy.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

 

June 17, 2019
Monte Reel
"A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War"

St. Louis County Library Headquarters
7:00p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Award-winning journalist presents a thrilling narrative of the top-secret Cold War-era spy plane operation that transformed the CIA. On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union just weeks before a peace summit between the two nations. The CIA concocted a cover story for President Eisenhower to deliver, assuring him that no one could have survived a fall from that altitude. But against all odds, pilot Francis Gary Powers emerged from the wreckage and was seized by the KGB. He confessed to espionage charges, revealing to the world that Eisenhower had just lied to the American people—and to the Soviet Premier. In this true-life thriller, Reel reveals how the U-2 spy program, principally devised by four men working in secret, upended the Cold War.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

June 18, 2019
Elliot Ackerman
"Places and Names: on War, Revolution, and Returning"

St. Louis County Library Headquarters
7:00p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From a decorated Marine war veteran, renowned war correspondent, and National Book Award-nominated novelist, Elliot Ackerman’s memoir “Places and Names” is an astonishing reckoning with the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. Ackerman weaves his personal stories of battle into the latticework of a larger reckoning with contemporary geopolitics. At once an intensely personal book about the terrible lure of combat and a brilliant meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of strife, “Places and Names” bids fair to take its place among our greatest books about modern war.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

 


St. Louis Press Club and Journalism Foundation Scholarship Luncheon

Noon, Friday, May 31
Missouri Athletic Club-West County, 1777 Des Peres Road

Guest Speaker: Ayesha Khan, Fox 2 Anchor/Reporter

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From left, Ron Elz, Dan Farrell, Spencer Koch, Carol Daniel;
Front, Sarah Bryan Miller

Media Persons of the Year Gala
Kick-Off Cocktail Reception

Saks 5th Avenue Shoe Salon
May 23

Kick-off Cocktail Reception for Media Persons of the Year Saks Fifth Avenue hosted the St. Louis Press Club's kick-off reception introducing the individuals who will be honored at the upcoming 2019 Media Persons of the Year Gala, which will be held on November 21. Hors d'oeuvres were served compliments of Ruth's Chris Steak House.

2019 Media Persons of the Year will be:
Print:
Robert Cohn
, St. Louis Jewish Light Editor Emeritus and
Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Classical Music Critic
Radio:
Ron Elz and Carol Daniel
, KMOX broadcasters
Television:
Spencer Koch
, KTVI retired General Manager and
Dave Murray, KTVI retired Meterologist
Public Relations:
Dan Farrell
, St. Louis Cardinals' Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
National Lifetime Achievement:
Barry Petersen
, CBS news correspondent.

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From left, Donnybrookers Charlie Brennan, Alvin Reid,
Joe Holleman and Wendy Wiese

Friday Forum featuring Donnybrook panelists

Friday May 24: Lunch 11:30 a.m., forum at noon
Missouri Athletic Club-Downtown

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Donnybrook airs Thursday nights at 7pm on Nine PBS.
https://video.ninenet.org/show/donnybrook/

 


Enjoy front row reserved seating at St. Louis County Library "In Conversation" Author Series sponsored by St. Louis Press Club

May 2, 2019
Thurston Clarke
“Honorable Exit”

For Press Club Reserved Seats, email info@stlpressclub.org

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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Presents
" Representation & Responsibility: Equity in Journalism and the Media" Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Harris-Stowe
State University

Private pre-program reception from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. for Opera Theater and Press Club members with hors d'oeuvres and beverages in room adjacent to auditorium. 

Parking is available in the main lots on the SW side of Compton/Laclede (I.e. across Compton from the Chaifetz Arena).  Guests should follow signage towards the Harris-Stowe Bookstore as this is in the same building as the auditorium.

Complimentary dessert reception will follow panel. 



THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, BUT WILL BE RESCHEDULED. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.


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pril 26, 11:30 a.m.:  Friday Forum featuring Sylvester Brown Jr. "When Journalists Listen: The Story of a Word Warrior" at
MAC-Downtown.  Optional lunch buffet.  


Photo courtesy of St. Louis Public Radio

Our forum speaker, Sylvester Brown Jr. – author, community activist and former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, will talk about "When Journalists Listen: The Story of a Word Warrior." 

Prior to his position with the Post, Brown published Take Five Magazine, an investigative regional publication, for 15 years. The publication received more than 30 awards for its investigative series, general reporting and Sylvester’s political and social commentaries. Brown also founded the Sweet Potato Project, a St. Louis-based entrepreneurial and agricultural program for urban youth. This project inspired his recently released book, When We Listen: Recognizing the Potential of Urban Youth.” 

The noon forum is open to all (by reservation due to limited space). RSVP by April 24 please to info@stlpressclub.org or by calling 314-449-8029.  The optional buffet lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and is $20 for Press Club members, $25 for all others. (MAC garage parking free for lunch guests with validated ticket.) 


St. Louis Press Club members applaud St. Louis Post-Dispatch metro columnist Tony Messenger for his Pulitzer Prize in commentary for his articles exposing the judicial abuses of power putting Missourians into "debtors prisons" for their inability to pay jail board. If you haven't already read about it, check out these links:

Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger wins Pulitzer...

ST. LOUIS * Post-Dispatch metro columnist Tony Messenger has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, for a series of columns about debtors prisons in Missouri, the Pulitzer awards committee announced Monday. Messenger found defendants across the...

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www.stltoday.com

Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tony Messenger is the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's metro columnist, writing four columns a week in a position he has held since September 2016. He was editorial page editor from July 2012 until becoming metro columnist. He joined the Post-Dispatch...

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www.pulitzer.org

 


“Other People” Film Screening and Discussion on April 18 at Missouri History Museum 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist and Press Club member Aisha Sultan will screen her film, “Other People,” and moderate a discussion between audience members and a panel of the region’s brightest thought-leaders   at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18  at the Missouri History Museum auditorium.  

This 10 minute film chronicles an awkward situation that begins when a millennial mom takes her daughter on a play date.  It takes a nuanced look at the assumptions we make about those we consider "other."

The film was sponsored by the St. Louis Press Club and made possible through generous donations.  All Press Club members and their guests are encouraged to attend. It will be free and open to the public.  A reception will follow after the program. No reservations required. 


Enjoy front row reserved seating at St. Louis County Library "In Conversation" Author Series sponsored by St. Louis Press Club


March 25, 2019
Evan Thomas
"First: Sandra Day O’Connor"

For Press Club Reserved Seats, email info@stlpressclub.org

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St. Louis Press Club Friday Forum: March 22
Better Together's executive director Nancy Rice and Marius Johnson-Malone, Depty Director of Community Based Studies spoke and answer questions about the proposed city-county merger.

Nancy Rice
Better Together's executive director
Marius Johnson-Malone
Depty Director of Community Based Studies

 Place:  Missouri Athletic Club-West, 1777 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131
Time:  Lunch 11:30 a.m., Forum at noon
Cost:  Buffet lunch (not required to attend) is $20 for Press Club members, $23 for all others 

If coming for lunch buffet click here to pay by credit card
or mail a check to St. Louis Press Club, PO Box 410522, St. Louis, MO 63141.

Reservations:  Due to limited space, reservations are required for all attendees.
By email to info@stlpressclub.org or phone to 314-449-8029.


St. Louis County Library "In Conversation" Author Series sponsored by St. Louis Press Club

March 12, 2019
Lynne Olson
"Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler"




Press Club members, media representatives and guests heard the plans and opinions of our city’s presidential candidates for  Board of Aldermen at the club’s FRIDAY FORUM  at the  Missouri Athletic Club-Downtown on Feb. 22.  From left, Lewis Reed, moderator Charles Jaco, Megan Ellyia Green, and Jailah Nasheed. 

Click Here to see Doug Moore's front page article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Click Here to see Jason Rosenbaum's coverage for St. Louis Public Radio.

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Thursday, January 17 at 11:30 a.m.
January Forum: Political Pundits Kelley and Hancock Share Straight Talk about Republican-Democrat Divide

The first Press Club lunch forum of the year featured Mike Kelley and John Hancock, political experts whose programs on KMOX and Fox 2 inform and entertain our region with their opinions each week. On January 17, the Press Club forum audience, which included journalism students as well as media professionals, enjoyed a lunch at The Highlands in Forest Park and a stimulating exchange of ideas with Kelley and Hancock. Click Here to view photos from the event.

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"In Converation with Press Club" recent author talks at St. Louis County Library

 

 

 

January 18, 2019
Brad Meltzer
"The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington"
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December 5, 2018
Andrew Delbanco
"The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War"
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December 3, 2018
Antony Beevor
"The Battle of Arnhem: The Deadliest Airborne Operation of World War II"
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November 27, 2018
H.W. Brands
"Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants"
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November 13, 2018
Bob Spitz
"Reagan: An American Journey"
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November 12, 2018
Jane Sherron de Hart
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life"
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November 8, 2018
Nathaniel Philbrick
"In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown"
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November 2, 2018
Michael Bechloss
"Presidents of War"
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