National Press Club

Forums Set for Oregon, Seattle, Des Moines, Columbia, Minneapolis

October 14, 2008

Top editors, Pulitzer Prize winners and on-line experts will participate in upcoming NPC forums. The panels explore issues of the 21st century news industry.

On Oct. 21, the University of Oregon is host to a panel featuring:

  • Sandra Rowe, editor, The Oregonian;
  • Mike Donahue, reporter/anchor KOIN-TV; and
  • Mark Blaine, instructor, School of Journalism and Communications, University of Oregon

Moderated by former NPC President Gil Klein, the panel is at 5 p.m. at the university's School of Journalism and Communication, 70 NW Couch St., Portland.

On Oct. 22, a panel at the University of Washington in Seattle features:

  • Ryan Blethen, associate publisher of the Seattle Times
  • Lori Matsukawa, anchor of KING-5 TV news
  • Knute Berger, columnist for and former publisher of the Seattle Weekly
  • Randal Beam, University of Washington Associate professor of journalism

The program, moderated by Klein, begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room 226 of the university’s Communication’s Building.

On Oct. 27 a noon panel at the Fred W. Smith Forum, 200 Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., will include:

  • Tony Messenger, state capital bureau reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Elizabeth Merrill, a Kansas City-based columnist for
  • Charles Davis
  • Jennifer Reeves, an assistant professor of radio-television journalism and a 2008-2009 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow

On Oct. 29, a panel at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, will include:

  • Michael Gartner, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer, former president of NBC News, former editor of the Ames Tribune and the Des Moines Register
  • Laura Hollingsworth, president and publisher of the Des Moines Register and group president of the West Group for Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing
  • David Busiek, news director of KCCI-TV in Des Moines and former chairman of the Radio-Television News Directors Association
  • Steve Buttry, editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, who is also director of Tailored Programs for the American Press Institute, where he has had extensive experience with digital journalism

It begins at 7 p.m. at the university’s Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave., and will be moderated by Klein.

On Nov. 17 at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the program begins at 7 p.m. at the university’s Coffman Memorial Union on the east bank of the Minneapolis campus.

The programs are free and open to the public.