If you haven’t had a chance to read every edition of SCOOP the past several months, let me make it easy for you to delve into some fascinating stories written by our members.
In early June, we launched “Defining Moments” to give our members an opportunity to share highlights of their careers. To date 16 members have participated, and each story offers insights into the careers of our diverse and talented press club members.
Here are some nuggets to whet your appetite:
- She started a national publishing company as an outgrowth of her family’s positive experience with hospice. Read Karla Wheeler’s Why I Chose to Be a Journalist, Then a Publisher
- He began his decades-long, award-winning career in radio/TV with a pretend radio station in his childhood home. Read George Lehner’s Achieving My Childhood Dream
- He inspired his staff to publish their Capitol Hill newspaper on 9/11 while smoke from the Pentagon filled nearby skies. Read David Silverberg’s On 9/11 a Tragedy, a Challenge, and the War for Truth
- As a nurse and mother she found a niche for her life skills and self-growth books. Read Michele Sfakianos’s Helping Others ‘Grow Forward’
- He thrived during his 40 years in radio/TV broadcasting in New York City and credits networking for golden opportunities. Read Frank Cipolla’s How Networking Helped Me Achieve My Dream
- He became the first TV director to receive the Directors Guild of America Best Director Award for his coverage of the First Landing on the Moon. Read Joel Banow’s Theater Genes Lead to Directing Walter Cronkite’s Evening News and Coverage of NASA’s Manned Space Programs
- As a reporter with the Naples Daily News she doggedly pursued the truth about the Stadium Naples scandal. Read Gina Edward’s From Inside Phil’s Newsroom: Reflections from an Award-Winning Local Investigative Journalist Who Covered Naples’ Biggest Scandal
- As a veteran broadcaster, he later syndicated top shows like “Seinfeld,” “Law and Order,” and “Three’s Company.” Read Chuck Larsen’s Jumping in to Fill the Gap Opens Career Doors
- After moving to Naples, instead of pursuing her career as a high school English teacher, she carved out fertile freelance writing assignments with Southwest Florida publications. Read Carole Greene’s My Dream Come True
- She found that her passion for hard news led to a groundbreaking broadcasting career. Read Denise LeClair Cobb’s How I Met Ted Turner and Became One of CNN’s Original Anchors
- She was a news reporter at NBC-2 before pursuing her passion for true crime. Read Delia D’Ambra’s From Pre-Med to Journalism, Then TV Reporting to True-Crime Podcasting
- As a TV reporter, he saw a need for what he calls “uplifting, inspiring, and heartfelt reporting.” Read Sean Martinelli’s Rainy Vacation, Oprah’s ‘Dream Guy,’ and Local TV Franchise Touching Hearts
- During his colorful publishing career, he got to know movers and shakers worldwide. Read Joel Kessler’s 50 Years in Publishing/Ad Sales Offered Chance to Get to Know Legends in Corporate America, Politics, and Fine Art
- He distinctly remembers the book he read as a child that inspired him to become a newspaper reporter. Read Tom Marquardt’s Boyhood Library Book Inspires Long and Satisfying Newspaper Career
- She has worn so many hats, her resume would make your head spin. Read D. K. Christi’s Life Is What Happens While You Planned for Something Else
- He spent decades with PBS, rising to the job of managing producer of the “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.” Read Gregg Ramshaw’s Defining Moments; Refining Moments
We hope you enjoy learning more about your fellow members of the Press Club of Southwest Florida. Now it’s your turn. Please share your “Defining Moments” story for an upcoming issue of SCOOP. Email your article of 450 to 750 words to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Editor Karla Wheeler.