NPC March Luncheon featuring President and Publisher Bill Barker and Editor Manny Garcia of Naples Daily News

Thursday, March 27 at 11:30am
5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL

$25 Members, $28 Spouses/Significant Others
$30 Non-members/General Public

Reserve Tickets Today! Members, please email with your reservation and menu selection.

Non-members and/or those members ordering online:
Go to and search for “Press Club of Southwest Florida.”

Bill Barker Publisher NDNBILL BARKER
President and Publisher, Naples Daily News

Bill Barker, formally publisher of the Tampa Tribune and president of Tampa Media Group Inc., has been named President and Publisher of the Naples Daily News. Barker, assumed his new duties in Naples on Nov. 11, 2013.

Barker, 50, has spent nearly a decade overseeing newspaper publications and media operations in the Tampa Bay area. Most recently, he served as president and publisher of the Tampa Media Group Inc., a holding company created in 2012 with publishing assets – including the Tampa Tribune, the St. Petersburg Tribune, and 16 other newspapers and digital products – formerly owned by Media General.

Prior to coming to Florida, Barker worked his way through the operational ranks at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he was named director of operations in 1996. During his time in Richmond, Barker oversaw the construction and launch of three new facilities and an organizational restructuring.

Barker has completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management and The Media Management Center at Northwestern University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in management and marketing from Union University.

Editor and Publisher magazine named Barker its “Operations Senior Executive” of the year in 2009 and in 2002 Presstime magazine included Barker in its list of “20 under 40.”

Manny Garcia Editor NDNMANNY GARCIA
Editor, Naples Daily News


Manny Garcia, 53, is the Editor of the Naples Daily News. Previously he was executive editor and general manager of el Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language daily in Miami, Florida.

Under Manny’s leadership, el Nuevo Herald grew into a multi-platform news operation that included online, print, television and radio partnerships and special publications. He most recently led the successful launch of a free Spanish-language weekly publication targeting 68,000 readers.

In 2011, el Nuevo Herald and The Miami Herald were joint Pulitzer finalists for their coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake – a first for any Spanish-language news operation. His team recently collaborated with the Toronto Star on an international series that exposed sex tourism from Canada to Cuba, which has led to reforms in both countries.

Garcia joined the journalism industry later than most, graduating from Florida International University and breaking in at the Miami Herald in his late 20s. Before that, Garcia said he worked as an emergency medical technician, beauty supply salesman and several other jobs.

Reservation Policy

*         NO WALK-INS, PLEASE. Advance reservations are required.

*         Members/spouses/significant others, 
Please include your menu choice (see below). You may pay at the door (cash, check, credit card).

*         Members may also purchase tickets online-Go to and search for “Press Club of Southwest Florida.”

*         Non-member guests MUST purchase tickets online-Go to and search for “Press Club of Southwest Florida.”

*         Reservation/cancellation deadline is the Monday morning, 03/24/14, prior to luncheon.

*         Late reservations or cancellations, please contact Karla Wheeler at 239-572-0607.

Menu Choices

Primary Luncheon Choice: Grilled Chicken Breast with Lemon-Charred Broccolini, Dried Fruit Farro and Cilantro Yogurt served on the side.

Alternative: Big Bowl Salad with Romaine Lettuce, Chick Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Julienne Carrots, Thousand Island or Herb Vinaigrette Dressing; may add Cottage Cheese (optional).

Dessert: Key Lime Pie

Thursday, March 27 at 11:30am


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