RSVP Today for Our Feb. 18 Luncheon

Many of you have been asking when we’ll meet in person again so you can enjoy the special camaraderie we share as journalists and communications professionals.

Terence Smith

Be sure to reserve your spot for the upcoming luncheon on Friday, Feb. 18, when famed print/broadcast journalist Terence Smith will entertain the press club with stories from his almost five decades in the news media.

Highlights of Terence’s Career Include:

  • Born into a newspapering family – his father was the popular sports columnist Red Smith
  • Has been a political reporter, foreign correspondent, editor, and TV analyst
  • Has written on everything from a Bedouin wedding in the Sinai to firefights in the jungles of Vietnam to presidential news conferences in the White House
  • While at The New York Herald Tribune, his coverage of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Senate campaign propelled him to a job at The New York Times
  • Spent 20 years at the Times, including eight years abroad in the Middle East and far East, covering four wars, peace negotiations, and the day-to-day lives of people in more than 40 countries
  • Earned two Pulitzer Prize nominations and numerous other awards and won the Times’ Publisher’s Prize for outstanding writing 22 times
  • Joined CBS News in Washington in 1985, covering the Reagan White House for nine years
  • Earned two Emmys for his work on “48 Hours” and shared in the George Foster Peabody Award for general excellence given to the staff of CBS Sunday Morning
  • Turned to public television in 1998, founding and leading the media unit at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
  • As senior producer and media correspondent, he broadcast 110 in-depth tape reports and anchored some 250 studio discussions on media, national and international issues
  • In the course of seven years, he and his unit won 18 national awards and honors for media criticism and analysis
  • Now a special correspondent for The NewsHour
  • Is a 2013 inductee to the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame
  • Speaks, writes, and broadcasts on national politics, international affairs, and environmental issues involving the Chesapeake Bay and ocean politics
  • Author of the new book, Four Wars, Five Presidents: A Reporter’s Journey from Jerusalem to Saigon to the White House

Terence was a colleague of two of our own press club board members, Bob Orr of CBS and Gregg Ramshaw of PBS, who arranged for Terence to visit Naples. As a longtime Annapolis resident, Terence is good friends with our board member Tom Marquardt, former publisher of the Annapolis Capital Gazette. Be part of the magic when these media all-stars are reunited at our press club event.

The luncheon, held at Seasons 52 in North Naples from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., will accommodate only 50 attendees. Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for guests and can be purchased on Eventbrite by clicking here.   Or if you’d prefer to pay at the door, send an email to us at RSVP@pressclubswfl.org so we know to hold open a seat for you. But don’t delay – tickets will be selling quickly!