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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 25, 2009
Prepared by: Karen Galanaugh
(302) 478-8115; e-mail: kareng@galanaugh.com

FREE PUBLIC EVENT — LECTURE & INTERACTIVE PANEL

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO OUR ECONOMY:
        The Consequences of Not Knowing

WILMINGTON, July 25 – On Thursday, September 17, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a free and informative public forum on the topic, “What Really Happened to Our Economy.” The event will be held at the Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water Street in Wilmington, Delaware.

WHAT: Keynote speaker Michael Greenberger will help make sense of the succession of complicated, unregulated deals that brought the global economy to near ruin. He will explore how lack of transparency and regulation in financial institutions affects each of us and will look at rules that can be put in place to stop the madness, improve public access to information and reduce the risk of an economic meltdown happening again.

The program also will feature a panel discussion – by local experts in government and in reporting on government – that will illuminate the information power struggle. The panelists will be joined by Professor Greenberger and will include: moderator Ralph Begleiter, Distinguished Professor of Journalism at the University of Delaware and former CNN World Affairs Correspondent; The Hon. Karen Peterson, Delaware State Senator; Cris Barrish, Senior Reporter, The News Journal; and Alan Garfield, Professor, Widener School of Law, specializing in Constitutional Law. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.

The program is free and open to the public. There will be a reception in the theatre lobby after the program.

WHERE: Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water Street, Wilmington, Delaware.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

WHO: Michael Greenberger – noted lawyer, professor and advisor – appears frequently in the media as an expert source on financial regulation. He teaches a seminar on "Futures, Options and Derivatives" and courses on Constitutional Law at the University of Maryland School of Law. He has been technical advisor to a United Nations General Assembly Commission on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System and director of the Division of Trading and Markets at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He testifies frequently before Congress about problems in U.S. financial markets caused by complex and unregulated financial derivatives. He appears frequently in the media as an expert source on financial regulation.

Ralph Begleiter, Distinguished Professor of Journalism at the University of Delaware and former CNN World Affairs Correspondent, will moderate the panel discussion.

Panelists

  • Michael Greenberger, Professor, University of Maryland School of Law

  • Cris Barrish, Senior Reporter, The News Journal

  • Alan Garfield, Professor, Widener School of Law, specializing in Constitutional Law

  • The Hon. Karen Peterson, Delaware State Senator

There will be a reception in the lobby after the program.


• FREE and open to the public.

• Park free in the theatre’s lot or in the lot
   north of the theatre.

 

This program is partly funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The coordinating sponsors are the Delaware Press Association, an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women, and the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, an affiliate of the National Freedom of Information Coalition at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 5, 2009
Prepared by: Anne L. McIntosh
(302) 239-1506; e-mail: AnneMcIntosh@comcast.net

Ralph J. Begleiter named Delaware Press Association 2009 Communicator of Achievement
Distinguished journalist receives DPA’s highest honor

Wilmington Del. – Delaware Press Association (DPA), an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), recently named Ralph J. Begleiter the 2009 DPA Communicator of Achievement. Distinguished Journalist in Residence and the Rosenberg Professor of Communication at the University of Delaware (UD), Begleiter was recognized for bringing more than 30 years of broadcast journalism experience to classrooms for students interested in international affairs and broadcast journalism. Additionally, he directs the university’s outstanding annual “Global Agenda” speaker series on international issues.

During two decades as CNN’s world affairs correspondent, Begleiter was based in the network’s Washington Bureau, writing and producing thousands of news reports and programs that aired worldwide. He was the network’s most widely-traveled reporter, logging nearly two million miles while visiting some 95 countries on 6 continents.

At CNN during the 1980s and 1990s, he covered U.S. diplomacy, interviewed countless world leaders, hosted a global public affairs program called "Global View," and co-anchored CNN’s prestigious "International Hour." In 1998, he wrote and anchored a 24-part series on the Cold War. He covered many historic events at the end of the 20th century, including virtually every high-level Soviet/Russian-American meeting; the Persian Gulf Crisis in 1990-91; Middle East Peace efforts; and many UN and NATO summit meetings. In recent years he has hosted the Foreign Policy Association’s annual "Great Decisions" television discussion series, aired on Public Broadcasting System stations.

Although Begleiter has received numerous awards for outstanding coverage of politics and diplomacy around the world, he says, “What’s most important in a career that has taken me from the remotest corners of the earth to the most sophisticated cities of the world still boils down to the people with whom I’ve worked over the years. Photographers and producers, other reporters, diplomats, politicians and military men and women. It’s those people who remain constants, amid all the political shuffling and changes of assignments.”

At Delaware, Begleiter teaches undergraduate courses in "Media and Politics," "Broadcast News," "Crisis News," "History of TV News Documentary," and "Global Media & International Politics." But the former globetrotting journalist also offers special courses with the world as his classroom.

In January 2008, he led a class of UD students on a study-abroad program to Turkey, where they were exposed to the cultural and political diversity of that country. In 2006, his "Global Agenda" class met weekly by videoconference with students in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss cross-cultural and media issues. In 2002 he took UD students to Cuba for the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. And he has twice led a study-abroad program in Antarctica in photojournalism and geopolitics.

“I get chills,” he says, “when I think of some of my former students at UD, now working as journalists at the Wall Street Journal, at CNN, at NPR, at NBC News, at the Center for Public Integrity, or at newspapers and television stations in New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. And other former political science and international relations students now are working literally around the world, from Brazil to Dubai. They are what’s most meaningful. I love it when they get back in touch to let me know what they’re doing.”

At UD in the fall of 2008, he and Professor Joe Pika taught the "Road to the Presidency," centered on presidential election campaigns and the media. He helped organize a major event at UD on election night in which more than a thousand students gathered to watch the election returns together, hear distinguished faculty presentations about key aspects of the election, and absorb information from a wide variety of sources shown on nine large screens simultaneously. Student media (WVUD Radio and STN-TV) broadcast he event, and other students conducted a UD public opinion poll about the election.

In 2004–2005, Begleiter successfully used the Freedom of Information Act in the United States to prompt public release of hundreds of photos taken by the U.S. government of fallen American soldiers returning home in flag-draped caskets, one of the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Begleiter will represent Delaware in the national COA competition at NFPW’s annual communications conference in San Antonio, Texas, in September 2009.

The Communicator of Achievement award is the highest honor DPA bestows on its members. First and foremost, the COA award is given for a lifetime of achievement in the communications profession. And second, it recognizes exemplary service to the community and to the profession, especially to DPA and the National Federation of Press Women.

Delaware Press Association, founded in 1977, is a statewide network of more than a hundred professional journalists and communicators dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in communication and to protecting First Amendment freedoms. DPA offers seminars, workshops and meetings featuring speakers on a variety of professional issues; prestigious annual communications contests and awards; and student projects with high school journalists.

For more information on DPA call (302) 655-2175.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 6, 2007
Contact: Katherine Ward
302-655-2175, DelawarePress@aol.com

Delaware Press Association Lunch Presentation
Tony Velocci
“Commercial Air Travel: Navigating an Uncertain Future”

Open to the public

What:

Delaware Press Association Holiday Luncheon and
Presentation of Communicator of Achievement Award
 

Speaker:

Tony Velocci, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology
 

When:

Saturday, December 8, 2007

11:30 a.m. Social Hour with cash bar
Book signing with DPA authors/editors during Social Hour
12:30 p.m. Lunch & Speaker
Presentation of 2008 Communicator of Achievement
 

Where:

Delaware National Country Club
400 Hercules Road
Wilmington, Delaware
 

Cost:

$25 DPA members; $30 Non-members
 
  • Tony Velocci is editor-in-chief of Aviation Week & Space Technology, a magazine renowned in aviation circles worldwide for its cutting-edge information on aerospace technology. Mr. Velocci will discuss not only homeland security as the aerospace industry’s newest emerging sector and what’s ahead for commercial aviation, but also the balancing act that's required for Aviation Week to live up to its nickname—"Av Leak"—while exercising responsibility and self-restraint.

Prior to joining Aviation Week, a McGraw-Hill Companies publication, Mr. Velocci worked for a variety of other business, financial and defense-related publications. He has appeared numerous times on CNN, BBC, CNBC, BizNet TV and other media outlets as a commentator on issues pertaining to the aerospace and commercial air transport industries. He has received various awards, including the distinguished McGraw-Hill Corporate Achievement Award for Editorial Excellence and the Royal Aeronautical Society's Aerospace Journalist of the Year award.

  • Book signing opportunity: During the Social Hour, a number of DPA authors and editors will be on hand to chat with members and guests and to sell their most recent books. Among the authors and editors will be Howard Berlin (non-fiction), Patrick Canfield (novels); Ruth Fisher Goodman (young adult); Jean Hull Herman (poetry); Lise Monty (coffee-table photography); Clella Murray ( mysteries); Laura Messinger / Lillian Shah (health manual); Vanessa Nesbit (poetry); Katherine Ward (war memoir); Bob Yearick (novel); Claudia Young (historical fiction); Nancy Coale Zippe (cookbooks)

  • The annual Communicator of Achievement Award, the highest honor DPA bestows on its members, will be presented. First and foremost, the COA Award is given for a lifetime of achievement in the communications profession. And second, it recognizes exemplary service to the community and to humanity as well as to the profession, especially to Delaware Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women.

RSVP by Friday, November 30, 2007
Reservation form available at www.delawarepressassociation.org
For More Information: Katherine Ward: 302-655-2175 or DelawarePress@aol.com

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
February 15, 2007
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Delaware Press Association Executive Director Named 2007 Communicator of Achievement
Katherine Ward receives DPA’s highest honor

Wilmington Del. – Delaware Press Association, an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), presented the 2007 Communicator of Achievement Award to DPA executive director Katherine Ward, of Wilmington. Freelance writer, editor, writing coach, educator, author and leader, Ward was co-author/editor of Delaware Women Remembered (Modern Press, 1977), the first book to chronicle the lives of Delaware women, and of A Legacy from Delaware Women (Middle Atlantic Press, 1987).

The Communicator of Achievement award is the highest honor DPA bestows on its members. First and foremost, the COA award is given for a lifetime of achievement in the communications profession. And second, it recognizes exemplary service to the community and to humanity as well as to the profession, especially to DPA and the National Federation of Press Women.
“I’ve been a member of DPA for nearly 20 years and am delighted to have received this great honor,” Ward says. “And what could be cooler than to be the DPA 007 Communicator of Achievement!”

“Katherine is so very accomplished,” says Karen Galanaugh, DPA’s 2006 COA. “In 2006 alone, she had two books published: Write Home for Me: A Red Cross Woman in Vietnam (Random House Australia), for which she was editor for author Jean Lamensdorf. Within two weeks of its release, it was #1 on the bestseller list in South Australia. She also was the editor of The Legacy Endures, a 25th anniversary commemorative book on the 92 women in the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women (Delaware Commission for Women).”

Ward, who currently serves on the NFPW President’s Advisory Council, was director of NFPW’s national communications conference, “Brave New Media World,” hosted by Delaware Press Association in Wilmington in 2003. She has held numerous DPA board positions, including two terms as president, and is the central communicator for the organization. For many years she has written copy for and edited the DPA newsletter and Web site, and she has written a history of the organization (founded in 1977), which was published in Women’s Press Organizations, 1891 – 1999 (Greenwood Press, 2000). As DPA historian, she is organizing a celebration of DPA’s 30-year anniversary in April.

Ward developed curriculum for and taught writing classes and humanities seminars for the gifted and talented and for several years was director of the enrichment program for a number of schools in Northfield, Minn. She also worked as the publications director/newsletter editor for The Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Va.

Active in the work of Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Greenville, Ward has been a lector and communion assistant for many years. For several years, she was president of the Prison Arts Advisory Board for the Delaware Department of Correction. She also serves on the University of Delaware’s Sea Grant College Advisory Board and is a member of the Delaware Coalition for Open Government.

She will represent Delaware in the national COA competition at NFPW’s annual communications conference, to be hosted by Virginia Press Women in Richmond in September.

Delaware Press Association, celebrating its 30-year anniversary this year, is a statewide network of more than a hundred professional journalists and communicators dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in communication and to protecting First Amendment freedoms. DPA offers seminars, workshops and meetings featuring speakers on a variety of professional issues; prestigious annual communications contests and awards; and student projects with high school journalists.

For more information on DPA call (302) 655-2175.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
October 12, 2006
Contact: Allan Loudell
302-478-2700 or aloudell@wdel.com

Delaware Press Association Meeting
Jack and Gemma Buckley

Open to the public

What:

Delaware Press Association Meeting
"Jack and Gemma's Road Show: Books and the Patriot Act"
 

Featuring:

Jack & Gemma Buckley, Owners
Ninth Street Book Shop
 

When:

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

6:30 p.m. Networking, Light Fare and Cash Bar
7:30 p.m. Program
 

Where:

Kid Shelleen's Restaurant
1801 W. 14th Street
(14th and Scott)
Wilmington, Delaware
 

Cost:

$10 for members; $15 for non-members

Two of the area's best-known bookshop entrepreneurs (and local political activists) explore privacy, books, and the Patriot Act. What would they do if confronted with a situation? Have they ever been inclined NOT to stock a book because of "complications"?

And from serious to irreverent: Trends in the book trade and favorite holiday books!

Please join us at Kid Shelleen's, 1801 W. 14th Street, Wilmington, at 6:30 p.m. for food, drinks and networking. The program starts at 7:30p.m.

Parking lot across the street from the restaurant.

To make a reservation: Please send your name and the names of any guests, a telephone number and/or e-mail address to DelawarePress@aol.com.

For More Information: Allan Loudell: 302-478-2700 or aloudell@wdel.com.

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2005
Contact: Katherine Ward
302-655-2175, DelawarePress@aol.com

Delaware Press Association Lunch Presentation
Russ McCabe
“Why Local Lore is Important for Delaware Communicators”

Open to the public

What: Delaware Press Association Holiday Luncheon and
Presentation of Communicator of Achievement Award

Speaker: Russ McCabe, Director, Delaware Public Archives

When: Saturday, December 3, 2005
11:30 a.m. Social Hour with appetizers & cash bar
Book signing with Jim Travers during Social Hour
12:30 p.m. Lunch & Speaker
Presentation of Communicator of Achievement

Where: Arsenal on the Green
Market Street,
Old New Castle, Delaware

Cost: $25 DPA members; $30 Non-members
Parking on the streets near the Arsenal is free.

  • Russ McCabe, director of the Delaware Public Archives, will discuss “Why Local Lore is Important for Delaware Communicators.” Well-known as the administrator of Delaware's historical markers program, McCabe helped draft legislation to create the state’s first comprehensive public records law in 1988. He also planned the placement of monuments at Revolutionary War battle sites to commemorate achievements of Delaware's Continental Regiment.

  • Book signing opportunity: Jim Travers, who has had careers in both photography and architecture, will make brief remarks and sign copies of his newest book, Images of America: New Castle during the social hour. Travers uses more than 200 vintage photographs to take the reader on a trip through time in New Castle. The Travers family has been active there in business, journalism, politics and entertainment since 1914.

  • The annual Communicator of Achievement Award is the highest honor DPA bestows on its members. First and foremost, the COA Award is given for a lifetime of achievement in the communications profession. And second, it recognizes exemplary service to the community and to humanity as well as to the profession, especially to Delaware Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women.

RSVP to DelawarePress@aol.com by Friday, November 25, 2005
For More Information: Katherine Ward: 302-655-2175 or DelawarePress@aol.com

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2005
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail:
bridget@paverd.com

Demystifying Blogs!

The power and influence of blogging in media today is undeniable, yet the reasons are misunderstood. This panel discussion will demystify what blogs are, what advantages they offer, and how to leverage the power of this new medium. This event is open to the public.

Who: Delaware Press Association presents

What: "The Blog Advantage"
An informative panel discussion on weblogs
Panelists: Al Mascitti, News Journal columnist / WDEL talk show host, Dana Garrett, Delaware Watch blogger, Paul Smith, Jr., computer programmer and local blogger
After their discussion, the panelists will answer questions.

When: Wednesday, November 9.
Come early to grab a drink, have a bite to eat and network beginning at 6:00 p.m. The program will start at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Klondike Kate's Restaurant
158 E. Main Street
Newark, Delaware

Cost: Members $10; Non-members $12; PAY AT THE DOOR
Free parking is available.

  • Al Mascitti has written for The News Journal since 1981. His column appears three times a week in the Local section. He's on the air at 1150 WDEL-AM weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. On his blog at Delawareonline.com/blogs/mascitti.html, as with his column, Mascitti offers his take on news, politics and life in Delaware.

  • Dana Garrett of Wilmington has been blogging on his Delaware Watch blog at delawarewatch.blogspot.com on a daily basis since March. According to the website, Delaware Watch is committed to an alternative–progressive analysis of Delaware’s politics, history, culture, environment and economy.

  • Paul Smith, Jr., works as a computer programmer for a local information technology-consulting firm. He shares his view on politics, religion and other current events on his blog paulsmithjr.blogspot.com.

To make a reservation, RSVP to DelawarePress@aol.com with your name, the names of any guests, and a phone number where you may be reached.
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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 20, 2005
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Young Adult Author Lara Zeises to Deliver Humor and Writing Know-How over Lunch

Entertaining author of books for young adults, Lara M. Zeises, will be the guest speaker at the next DPA meeting on Thursday, February 24. In her talk, 10 Steps to Cracking the YA Market, she will lay out a plan for getting published in the teen market, as well as discuss the path she followed.

Lara’s work includes Bringing Up the Bones, a Delacorte Press Honor Book, and Contents Under Pressure, described as a "fresh, honest look at the difficult choices and unexpected joys in a girl's life under pressure.” She is also a contributor to Rush Hour: Face, which is due out in April. Her third YA novel, Anyone But You, will be in bookstores in November.

A Delaware native and UD grad, Lara says she's been writing nearly all of her life—using the typewriter in her mom's office to write Nancy Drew-type stories when she was eight and writing fiction, poetry and plays while in high school. While working on a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at Emerson College, Boston, she attended an adolescent novel workshop and became intrigued with writing for young adults. Contents Under Pressure began as her thesis project at Emerson.

Recently awarded a 2005 Emerging Artist Fellowship grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, Lara will dispense humor along with the know-how. A self-described dork, she writes on her website, http://www.zeisgeist.com: “When you are young, being a dork is a terrible burden. But the older you get, the more you realize that dorkdom is often a great predictor of success as an adult.”

The February 24 luncheon meeting will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Westover Room at the Terrace at Greenhill, 800 N. Dupont Road, Wilmington. Open to the public. Cost is $15 per person. Parking is free.

To make a reservation or for more information, please call Sara Garrison at 302-762-1984.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 20, 2005
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Wilmington DE - Photographer Lynn Troy Maniscalo received the 2005 Communicator of Achievement (COA) award from Delaware Press Association (DPA) at a function in Wilmington on Saturday, December 11. For the first time in the history of the Delaware Press Association, a journalist who speaks to us through images rather than words was so recognized.

The Communicator of Achievement Award is the highest honor DPA bestows on its members. First and foremost, the COA award is given for a lifetime of achievement in the communications profession. And second, it recognizes exemplary service to the community and to humanity as well as to the profession, especially to DPA and the National Federation of Press Women.

Lynn first became interested in journalism in high school, where she edited the newspaper and yearbook. She became an educator after earning an undergraduate degree at Penn State and a master’s degree in Reading and Learning Disabilities at American University. Her understanding of the problems children can have with reading perhaps influenced her photos and earned her so many honors including the “International Understanding Through Photography” in 1996 from the Photographic Society of America. Lynn, who serves full-time on the board of the Photographic Society of America, plans to devote more time to her hobby of 3-D photography, something that has fascinated her since childhood. Every rainy day she enjoyed using her grandmother’s stereopticon to look at a collection of stereo pictures of places she never had the opportunity to visit, but the magic of photography took her there.

With many prestigious photographic awards to her credit, Lynn feels the COA award is particularly significant. “This award is probably even more meaningful to me than my photographic honors, because recognition by my word colleagues indicates an acceptance of photography as a comparable means of communication,” Lynn said. “I am truly honored.”

Delaware Press Association, an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) since 1977, is a network of more than one hundred journalists, broadcasters, public relations specialists, graphic designers, photojournalists, educators, authors, poets and freelancers who are dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in communication and to protecting First Amendment freedoms.

For more information on DPA, contact Executive Director Katherine Ward, 302-655-2175.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
February 16, 2003
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Join biological warfare and Middle East authority Judith Miller for breakfast
September 5, 2003

Whether in New York, Washington, D.C., or Cairo, New York Times senior writer Judith Miller delivers gripping, unvarnished reports on the Middle East and global terrorism. In 2002, Ms. Miller won a Pulitzer Prize in the category of explanatory reporting for “informed and detailed reporting” on Osama bin Laden and the global terrorism network before and after the September 11 attacks on America.

As keynote speaker at the National Federation of Press Women 2003 Communications Conference in Wilmington, Del., Ms. Miller will discuss global and biological terrorism and America’s “secret war” at 8:00 a.m., Friday, September 5. Ms. Miller’s talk, “The Middle East: A Veteran Journalist’s View of the Missiles, Microbes and Madness,” will be followed by a reception and book signing. The conference, hosted by Delaware Press Association, is open to the public and will be held at the Wyndham Hotel, Wilmington, September 4 – 6.

Ms. Miller has published four books, two of which Topped The New York Times bestseller list. Her most recent work, GERMS: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, written with William Broad and Stephen Engelberg, reveals the proliferation of germ weaponry around the world and the U.S. Government’s secret effort to counter it.

An articulate and respected authority on Middle East connections and policies, Ms. Miller has appeared on many national television news and public affairs shows including,”60 Minutes,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Today Show” and often is interviewed on CNN and CNBC. “Bioterror”—a television documentary based on Miller’s book GERMS: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War and produced for PBS’s “Nova”—received a 2002 News and Documentary Emmy Award.

A native of New York City, Judith Miller grew up in Miami and Los Angeles. She was awarded a bachelor’s degree in economics from Barnard College in 1969, a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1972 and attended the Institute of European Studies in Brussels.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
February 10, 2003
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Greenville Volunteer Brings National Media (and then some!) to Wilmington

Greenville resident and Delaware Press Association member Katherine Ward has her hands full. Ward, co-author/editor of Delaware Women Remembered and A Legacy from Delaware Women is Conference Director of the 2003 National Federation of Press Women Communications Conference, to be held in Wilmington September 4 – 6 this year.

“Getting this conference up and running is a 12-hour-a-day activity,” remarks Ward. “When one considers our theme, “Brave New Media World,” and our audience, some of America’s finest communicators, my committees have had to be both thoughtful and ambitious in attracting outstanding speakers and workshop facilitators.” Ward, whose late mother Mary Sam Ward was a founding member of Delaware Press Association, has been a DPA mainstay for nearly 15 years.

“For three days in September 2003, Wilmington is going to be home to some of the Top media and communications professionals in the country,” says Ward. “This is a great opportunity for Delaware to enjoy the spotlight.”

The conference is a not-to-be-missed-opportunity to hear and talk with some of the most exciting and thought-provoking authors, journalists, new media experts and communications specialists available from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Miami and Hollywood as well as from throughout Delaware. In an effort to explore the ever-changing challenges facing professional communicators in an era of political and economic uncertainty, dynamic presenters such as New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning bio-warfare author Judith Miller, Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee Senator Joe Biden (D-Del), former CNN World Affairs Correspondent Ralph Begleiter and HBO Vice President of Films Production Jay Roewe guarantee to engage their audiences from the get-go!

The conference will offer workshop presenters who are at the Top of their respective fields. Among their number are communications luminaries such as Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Prof. Steven Ross, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sharon Baker, international pollster John Zogby, national radio talk show host Jim Bohannon, and Wilmington’s own Emmy Award wining documentary filmmaker, Sharon Baker of Teleduction, Inc.

“Delaware is fortunate to play host to such a broad spectrum of professional communicators. This conference is an invaluable opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge media event and to network with local, national and international communicators and media professionals,” says Ward from her Westover Hills home. “We also have scheduled pre- and post-conference tours for the out-of-town delegates as we want to show off the rich history and natural beauty of Delaware and the Brandywine Valley.”

Mark your calendars: September 4 – 6, 2003.
The conference is open to the public.
Advance registration is recommended. For more information contact Conference Director, Katherine Ward: (302) 655-2175 or KatWard1@aol.com.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 21, 2003
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

National media to call Wilmington “home” in September 2003
Putting Wilmington on the National Media Map

For three days in September 2003, Wilmington is going to be home to some of the Top media and communications professionals in the country. Delaware Press Association is hosting the National Federation of Press Women’s annual communications conference at the Wyndham Hotel, Wilmington, Del.

“Bring your notebooks,” says conference director Katherine Ward. “The NFPW Communications Conference is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear and talk with some of the most exciting and thought-provoking journalists, new media experts and communications specialists available from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Miami and Hollywood as well as from throughout Delaware.” In an effort to explore the ever-changing challenges facing professional communicators in an era of political and economic uncertainty, dynamic presenters such as Pulitzer Prize-winning bio-warfare author Judith Miller, Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee US Senator Joe Biden (D-Del), and HBO executive Jay Roewe guarantee to engage their audiences from the get-go!

The conference is delivering workshop presenters who are at the Top of their respective fields. This includes communication luminaries such as Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Prof. Steven Ross, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sharon Baker, and national pollster John Zogby.

“Delaware is fortunate to play host to so such a broad spectrum of professional communicators. This conference is an invaluable opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge media event, and to network with local, national and international communicators and media professionals,” says Ward. “We also have scheduled pre- and post-conference tours for the out-of-town delegates as we want to show off the rich history and natural beauty of Delaware and the Brandywine Valley!”

Mark your calendars: September 4 – 6, 2003.
The conference is open to the public.
For more information, contact the DPA Conference Director, Katherine Ward: (302) 655-2175 or KatWard1@aol.com.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 18, 2003
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Lise Monty named DPA Communicator of Achievement for 2003

Delaware Press Association, an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women, awarded the 2003 Communicator of Achievement Award to Lise Monty, of Wilmington. She is External Affairs Manager for the Delaware Art Museum, a position she has held since 1994. She is in charge of marketing-communications, tourism, community outreach and visitor services.

As editor of Delaware Today from 1987 to 1994, she won three prestigious national awards for the magazine’s “general excellence” from the William Allen White School of Journalism, University of Kansas and the City and Regional Magazine Association. She worked for several years as a freelance writer for The News Journal before joining Delaware Today, and is the author of Images of Delaware, a coffee-table book featuring photographs by Mike Biggs.

Monty was the first woman Bureau Chief for Fairchild Publications in its Boston Bureau and worked as Tokyo correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily.

A long-standing member of Delaware Press Association, she is on the board of The Wellness Community-Delaware and a member of Wilmington Rotary.

As Delaware’s 2003 COA, Lise Monty will go on to compete for the National Communicator of Achievement Award at the National Federation of Press Women Communications Conference to be held in Wilmington, Del., in September 2003.

Delaware Press Association is a network of professional communicators in the First State and is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. For more information on DPA call (302) 655-2175.

Lise Monty is available for comment at (302) 571-9590 x 657.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 07, 2003
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

You Need a Website: So What Do You Do Next?
Website development panel discussion

Delaware Press Association is hosting a panel discussion on website development, Tuesday, February 4, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. This event will be held in Room 206 Robinson Hall, South College Avenue, at the University of Delaware’s main campus in Newark.

Panelists include author Ed Okonowicz, computer technology specialist Dave Gregory and the impressive UD Marine Public Education Office team who have won numerous awards and national accolades for their astonishing website as well as for newsletters, annual reports, posters, and press releases.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Theresa Medoff, DPA vice president for programs.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
October 1, 2002
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Delaware Writer, Artist Wins National Communications Award
National Federation of Press Women Names 2002 Communicator of Achievement

The National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) at its national conference in North Dakota in September named Delaware writer and artist Kay Wood Bailey, of Wyoming, Delaware, as its 2002 Communicator of Achievement. The COA Award is NFPW’s highest honor, given to the person nominated by his or her state affiliate for highest achievement in the communications field and for service to NFPW and to the community.

Bailey was the statewide administrator of the Prison Arts Program for 16 years and still leads international correctional arts programs. She is currently president of A.B.C. Consulting, located in Smyrna, which offers lectures, projects and workshops on communications, art, American history and criminal justice.

Delaware Press Association’s 2002 Communicator of Achievement. Bailey was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and grew up in Milford. An award-winning writer and artist, she has been a TV and radio show host, teacher, inventor, civic leader, historian, administrator, editor, publisher, wife and mother. She was chosen the 2002 Delaware Art Educator of the Year by the Art Educators of Delaware. Named Delaware Mother of the Year in 1997 by American Mothers, Inc., she also received the Trailblazer Award in 1991 from Agenda for Delaware Women. Bailey has received numerous tributes from the Delaware State Legislature.

For the past 16 years, Bailey has been a teacher and leader in statewide correctional arts programs in Delaware, at the national level with the American Correctional Association (ACA) and in the international field with the International Correctional Arts Network (I-CAN), which she founded in 1989. I-CAN is an affiliate of the ACA, headquartered in Lanham, Md.

NFPW is an organization of professional journalists and communicators in print journalism, broadcasting, public relations, education, publishing and other fields. For more than 60 years it has promoted the highest ethical standards in the field of communications.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
September 20, 2002
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

The War On Terrorism: “Reporting from the Front Lines in Afghanistan”
News Journal Reporter Beth Miller to Speak at DPA meeting November 20, 2002

The events of September 11, 2002, added a challenging new dimension to Beth Miller's job as a general-assignment reporter for the Wilmington News Journal. Immediately, her focus became the impact of terrorism and the war in Afghanistan on Delawareans. During the past year, Miller has received assignments that required reporting both from home and from the front lines of the war. She traveled to Afghanistan twice with Delaware troops who shipped out of Dover Air Force Base.

Miller will share her stories of those assignments in her talk, "The War on Terrorism: Reporting from the Front Lines in Afghanistan," at Delaware Press Association's Nov. 20 general meeting, at 7 p.m., in the Gold Room of the Goodstay Center at the University of Delaware's Wilmington Campus. Miller's Nov. 20 talk is free and open to the public. DPA members are encouraged to bring friends and colleagues interested in this fascinating perspective on wartime reporting.

The Goodstay Center is located at UD's Wilmington Campus, 2700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington. Parking is free. For more information, contact Theresa Medoff, DPA vice president for programs.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 5, 2002
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Food and travel writer Howie Shapiro to speak at DPA luncheon meeting Sept 25
Public invited to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning travel writer from Philadelphia Inquirer

Long-time Philadelphia Inquirer writer, editor and Pulitzer Prize recipient, Howie Shapiro will be the guest speaker at a Delaware Press Association lunch at the Terrace at Greenhill, located at 800 N. Dupont Road in Wilmington, on Wednesday, September 25, 2002, noon - 2 p.m. His Topic will be travel writing.

Cost is $15 per person. Parking is free. Reservations required. For more information, contact DPA vice president for programs Theresa Medoff.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 8, 2002
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

2002 Delaware High School Journalism Awards Announced

Every year Delaware Press Association and The News Journal put together a challenging High School Journalism Contest, taxing our state’s budding columnists, editors, reporters, photographers, feature writers, cartoonists, layout and graphic artists. “And every year the judges are astonished at the phenomenal abundance of talent and skill these students display,” says DPA board member and Student Activities Director, Gloria Galloway. “Milford High School students fared exceptionally well, taking home more awards than other high schools in Delaware,” added Galloway. The winning students attended an awards lunch at the University of Delaware on May 2. And the First Place winners are:

  • Column: Charles (C.J.) Augustine, Milford Senior High School.
  • Editorial: Kate McPike, Cape Henlopen High School.
  • Opinion: Andrew Huddleston, Archmere Academy.
  • Reviews: Ryan Farrell, Adam Hirzel and Jon Stein, Brandywine High School
  • Cartooning: Peter van Dyk, Wilmington Christian School.
  • Single page layout: Brigid O’Neil, Milford Senior High School.
  • Center page layout: Bradford M. Watson, Brandywine High School.
  • Feature: Matt Sweeny, Charter School of Wilmington
  • Feature Photo: Brandon Townsend, Glasgow High School
  • Graphics: Max White, Glasgow High School
  • News: Charles Augustine, Milford Senior High School.
  • Sports: Christian Dubsky, Milford Senior High School.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
September 27, 2001
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Delaware Press Association Wins Nationally!

Small state, mega talent! “ An impressive feat,” says DPA President Barbara Roewe. “We had 47 national awards won by 22 DPA members statewide in the 2001 National Federation of Press Women’s Communication Contest. DPA received the greatest number of points among the NFPW affiliates in the national sweepstakes competition, and 3 of our members received Top individual sweepstakes awards, which meant cash awards as well as the honor for our affiliate and our members alike. What a triumph for Delaware!”

Accumulating the greatest number of individual points to win the Top individual sweepstakes award was Tracy Bryant, director of the University of Delaware’s Marine Public Education Office in Newark, Del., and a longtime member of DPA. Bryant received 6 national awards—5 of them first place—for Web, advertising, and public relations projects.

The team of Pam Donnelly, production manager, and David Barczak, art director, both on Bryant’s staff in the UD Marine Public Education Office, shared third place with 5 national awards, 4 of them first place. “ We certainly value the recognition of our peers,” says a modest Bryant of her team’s national coup.

Delaware Press Association is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women, an organization of professional communicators in journalism, marketing, advertising, public relations, education, publishing and other fields. For more than 60 years NFPW has promoted the highest ethical standards in communications while looking toward the future in professional development, youth programs, networking and protection of First Amendment Rights.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 17, 2002
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Writers’ Workshop, Breakfast and Book Signings March 8, 9,10, 2002!
Delaware Press Association, Gannet, the Delaware Humanities Forum and The Brandywiners are hosting a series of events with renowned mystery author and historian, Miriam Grace Monfredo, of Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Friday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.
Discussion and book signing

Miriam Grace Monfredo will be at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington to discuss her latest book, Brothers of Cain, followed by a book signing event.
Contact Ann Murphy at Barnes & Noble at (302) 478-9677 for more information.

Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. – noon: Dover
Continental Breakfast With Star Author and Historian, Miriam Grace Monfredo

All welcome to a continental breakfast and book signing with Miriam Grace Monfredo at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, State and North Streets, Dover. This event is free and open to the public. Books from Monfredo’s Seneca Falls Inheritance series will be featured and available for purchase. Call Kay Wood Bailey for information and reservations: (302) 697-1025.

Sunday, March 10, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Writers Workshop With Celebrity Author, Miriam Grace Monfredo

A writers’ workshop, led by renowned mystery author and historian Miriam Grace Monfredo, will be on Sunday, March 10, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., at the Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington (in Sharply behind the Concord Pike Library). Several Delaware authors will join Monfredo for a panel discussion about writing, research and publishing. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch is available for $5.00 per person. Books from Monfredo’s Seneca Falls Inheritance series will be featured and available for purchase.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 14. 2001
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

Doyenne Of The Prisons Art Program Named DPA Communicator Of The Year
Kay Wood Bailey receives Delaware Press Association’s Highest Honor

Teacher, sculptor, author, philanthropist, leader, inventor, breast cancer survivor, mother. A tireless, unsToppable nurturing force helping people discover their own inner light. All this only begins to describe Kay Wood Bailey, Delaware Press Association’s Communicator Of Achievement recipient for 2002.

Delaware Press Association gives the Communicator of Achievement Award for a lifetime of achievement in the communications profession. The award also recognizes exemplary service to the community and to humanity, as well as to the National Federation of Press Women and to Delaware Press Association.

Bailey is best known to most people as the Prison Arts Program Administrator for the Delaware Department of Correction. She became the state’s first Prison Arts Administrator in 1986 and has served ever since, bringing all of her talents to a population with great needs. The now well-established Prison Arts Program regularly hosts inmate art exhibitions, and more than 200 works by imates are on display in public buildings statewide.

Bailey, who leads a team of dedicated volunteer and paid teachers, has used historical and ethnic themes to inspire the art classes: the Civil War, The Underground Railroad, Jazz, Tuskegee Airmen, World War II and Native Americans. She designs her classes to teach not only the basics of drawing and painting but also literacy skills, geography, civics, interpersonal relationships and cultural awareness. She introduced teaching calligraphy and Chinese brush painting to inmates in a drug rehabilitation program. Why? “Detail work,” she says, “helps eye and hand co-ordination. It helps promote soundness in speech and vision.” This course, like many offered by Kay Wood Bailey, has altered many inmates’ lives.

Bailey has been a teacher and leader in correctional arts programs throughout the US with the American Correctional Association (ACA) and internationally with the International Correctional Arts Network (I-CAN), which she founded in 1989. I-CAN is an affiliate of the ACA, headquartered in Lanham, Md.

This real, modern-day Renaissance woman was born in Wilmington and grew up in Milford. She and her sculptor husband live in Wyoming, Delaware. Kay Wood Bailey’s tributes are many, but she treasures the prestigious Communicator Of Achievement Award—presented to her by Delaware Press Association this month—more than most.

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 26, 2000
Prepared by: Bridget Gillespie Paverd
(302) 636-0988; e-mail: bridget@paverd.com

World-renowned author, international commentator Georgie Anne Geyer to speak in Wilmington, December 16

Masquerading as a waitress at a Mafia wedding or living in the Guatemalan mountains with Marxists guerrillas is typical of the lengths to which Georgie Anne Geyer would go to get her story. For those of you who are not overly familiar with this seasoned syndicated columnist and author, you surely will recognize her unbelievable record of predictions: Ms Geyer was the first journalist to anticipate the end of Soviet Union; she was the first to commit to paper her belief there would be a war in Kosovo; in her 1991 feature “The Soldiers Who Ask Why?” she correctly envisaged the start of the Gulf War; the Middle East War in 1973 was another of her prediction. Her list of achievements reflects the intensity of her involvement in conflicts around the world. And then there was the 1993 TV series based on her life, “Hearts Afire,” which kept viewers riveted!

Georgie Anne Geyer will be the guest speaker at Delaware Press Association’s year-end Holiday Luncheon at the Hercules Country Club on December 16. Says Allan Loudell, news anchor at WILM NewsRadio and DPA Chair of Programs, “ This is a spectacular opportunity for the Delaware public to come and hear one of the world’s most sought after writers and international commentators of our time. Ms Geyer’s professional achievements are unparalleled.”

Ms Geyer’s three-times-a-week column on foreign policy and international affairs appears in approximately 120 newspapers in the United States. She has conducted interviews with every conceivable political villain and hero, from Castro to Clinton, and has put her own life in jeopardy simply to reveal the often cleverly disguised truth. Her experience as a captive verges on the unconscionable: imprisoned as an Israeli spy by the PLO and incarcerated by Angolan authorities for her controversial writings on Russia’s involvement in that war. Ms. Geyer even had the dubious honor of delivering a speech on “Irregular Warfare” to the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1996.

Georgie Anne Geyer speaks five languages, has nine books in print and has been awarded twenty-three honorary degrees and doctorates. She remains an enormously popular choice for commencement addresses throughout the United States and sits on several influential foreign relations boards.

To attend the Delaware Press Association lunch on December 16 and listen to Ms. Geyer’s address, please contact DPA president Barbara Roewe at 302-764-7483.

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