Candidates Go Head-to-Head in Statewide General Election Debates

Color LogoSee Georgia’s candidates, including those running for U.S. Senate, square off during The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series.

Members of the media, students and the general public are encouraged to attend the debates and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #APCDebates. Please see below for the taping schedule and air times.

As the Atlanta Press Club believes it is important to have full participation from all the qualified candidates running for public office, we issued a “100 percent challenge” this general election season and met our goal. All invited candidates, who are listed below, will participate in the 2014 general election debate series. 

All debates will take place before a live studio audience at Georgia Public Broadcasting located at 260 14th Street NW in midtown. Please call 404.577.7377 or email info@atlpressclub.org with questions about the debates or if you would like to attend in person.  

The debate for U.S. Senate will air live on Sunday, October 26 at 7:00 PM at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Below is the complete schedule.  

 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Insurance Commissioner
Tapes from 4:15 – 4:45PM. Airs at 6:00PM on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Invited candidates: Ralph Hudgens, Liz Johnson and Ted Metz

12th Congressional District
Tapes from 5:00 – 5:30PM. Airs at 6:30PM on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Invited candidates: Rick Allen and John Barrow

U.S. Senate
Airs LIVE from 7:00 – 8:00PM on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Invited candidates: Michelle Nunn, David Perdue and Amanda Swafford

 

All debates will be archived on GPB.org and atlantapressclub.org.

 

 

What’s Next for Georgia’s $3.7B Music Industry? A Conversation with Jermaine Dupri, The Zac Brown Band, Usher’s Vocal Coach and The GRAMMY®’s

KSUMtn_LogoThe Atlanta Press Club welcomes leaders from Georgia’s music industry to discuss the state’s growing music scene and how it is affecting our economy on Monday, October 27. Featured guests MC Editedinclude Michele Caplinger, executive director of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY® Foundation’s Atlanta Chapter; Jermaine Dupri, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer and songwriter; John Driskell Hopkins, founding member of the popular country group the Zac Brown Band and Jan Smith, nationally recognized music producer and vocal coach. Kennesaw State University is the presenting sponsor of this event.

 

WHO
Michele Caplinger is Atlanta’s senior executive director of The Recording Academy, an organization dedicated to improving music culture and CNB Logointernationally known for putting on the GRAMMY® Awards. A musician herself, Caplinger launched her career booking talent and providing publicity for innovative acts and nightclubs. Later, she garnered success as a national concert promoter. Today, Caplinger serves on many local boards including JD EditedGeorgia Music Partners, an advocacy group that promotes the music business in Georgia.

Jermaine Dupri is the founder of Atlanta’s So So Def Recordings. Dupri was one of the most successful producers in the 90′s working with artists such Kris Kross, Da Brat and Xscape. Dupri has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Jay Z and Mariah Carey. In 2011, the hip hop mogul founded the social networking community, Global14.Global14 allows users to share bits of information as opposed to having a traditional dialogue.

John Driskell Hopkins has been a part of Atlanta’s music scene since 1995 producing records and touring with his band Brighter Shade. In 2005, he helped found the Grammy® Award-winning Zac Brown Band. Along with his role on bass and vocals, Hopkins has helped produce and write songs for the band’s platinum selling records, including the number one single “Toes.” When off the road, Hopkins JDH Editedworks in his home studio in Atlanta, songwriting and producing regional talent. 

“Mama Jan” Smith is a nationally recognized singer, songwriter and Grammy®-nominated producer. A Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee, Smith is a multi-platinum certified vocal coach who has tended to some of the most distinctive voices in the business, including Usher, Rob Thomas, Justin Bieber, Collective Soul, and Drake. Her state-of-the-art production facility, Jan Smith Studios, is based in Atlanta and offers services nationwide to record companies, artists, and producers.

WHEN
JS EditedMonday, October 27
11:30 a.m. – Registration
Noon – Lunch and Discussion

WHERE
The Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street, 49th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Dress at The Commerce Club is business attire.

The ticket price does not include parking. Parking is available in the 191 Building parking deck
with entrances on Ellis Street and Peachtree Center Avenue. Discounted parking vouchers for
this deck will be available for $5 at the event. The Peachtree Center MARTA station is also very
convenient.

R.S.V.P.
This luncheon is open to the public.

To register, click here or call 404.577.7377.

Working journalists who wish to cover this event but not partake in lunch may attend for free.
Reservations are still required and can be made by calling 404.577.7377 or emailing
info@atlpressclub.org.

APC member prices
General admission ticket – $30
Table of 10 – $300
Sponsor table of 10 with table sign & program listing – $325

Nonmember prices
General admission ticket – $40
Table of 10 – $400
Sponsor table of 10 with table sign & program listing – $450

Payment must accompany reservations, and there is a 48 business-hour cancellation policy.
For media interviews, contact Lauri Strauss 404-523-1318 or lstrauss@atlpressclub.org.

Everyone’s a Journalist: All You Need is Passion, Twitter and YouTube

140956933_3448b081b8_zJoin the Atlanta Press Club for breakfast on Wednesday, October 29 for a program on citizen journalism. Our panel will discuss the remarkable content and staggering complications that arise when the public plays an active role in the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating news.

PANELISTS
George Chidi Contributor, Peach Pundit
Nydia Tisdale, AboutForsyth.com
Jim Walls, Editor, Atlanta Unfiltered

MODERATOR
Amani Channel
, Broadcast Journalist

WHEN
Wednesday, October 29
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Networking Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Program and Q&A

WHERE
The Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street NE, 49th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Dress at The Commerce Club is business attire.

The ticket price does not include parking. Parking is available in the 191 Building parking deck with entrances on Ellis Street and Peachtree Center Avenue. Discounted parking vouchers for this deck will be available for $5 at the event. The Peachtree Center MARTA station is also very convenient.

R.S.V.P.

Atlanta Press Club members receive complimentary admission to this event.
Nonmember price – $15

To register click here or call 404.577.7377.

Payment must accompany reservations, and there is a 48-hour cancellation policy.

2014 Hall of Fame Dinner

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Join the Atlanta Press Club as we induct four outstanding leaders in journalism into the Hall of Fame on Friday, November 7 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel.

TFI_Logo3The Hall of Fame recognizes journalists for their lifetime achievements, whose careers represent the highest standards of journalistic integrity.

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Top Sponsors

 

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees:

NUP_136430_0011Tom Brokaw
Legendary Journalist Tom Brokaw began his career in Sioux City, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska before moving to Atlanta to be editor of the 11PM news for WSB-TV. Brokaw joined NBC News in 1966 and would go on to become White House correspondent during Watergate, anchor of Today and, for 21 years, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.  He also briefly anchored Meet the Press, making him the only person to anchor all three major NBC News programs.  He has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody, and several Emmys.  He is the author of several books, including The Greatest Generation. Brokaw remains active in journalism as Special Correspondent for NBC News.  In 2014, he was awarded “A personal Peabody,” in the words of the judges, because “with his TV projects and celebrated books like The Greatest Generation, the anchor emeritus has only enhanced his reputation since he left the desk.

 

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Celestine Sibley (1914 – 1999)
Celestine Sibley reported for the Atlanta Constitution from 1941 to 1999. Over her long career, she wrote more than 10,000 columns and countless news stories, ranging from state politics and courtroom drama to cultural affairs and homespun features. Sibley was also the accomplished author of nearly thirty books published between 1958 and 1997.  Her writing and reporting stand the test of time, coming alive off of the pages as vibrantly and colorfully for our time as they first did so many years ago.

 

 

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Claude Sitton joined the New York Times staff as chief southern correspondent, based in Atlanta, in 1958.  He distinguished himself as one of the foremost reporters covering the Civil Rights Movement. He later served for 20 yeas as editor of the News and Observer in Raleigh (NC) and in 1983 received a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.

 

 

 

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Brenda Wood anchors 11Alive News every weekday at 6 and 11PM and hosts her signature show, The Daily 11 at 7. She joined WXIA-TV in 1997. She started her distinguished career in broadcast news 20 years earlier, working in Huntsville, Nashville and Memphis. In 1988, Brenda moved to Atlanta and joined the news team at WAGA-TV. Wood has received numerous honors and awards including 15 Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), six awards from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ), and three awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB). 

 

OTHER EVENT SPONSORS
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JB Fuqua

 

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GeorgiaEMC

  

Host Sponsors 

WHEN
Friday, November 7
6:00 p.m. – Reception
7:00 p.m. – Dinner and Awards Program

WHERE
InterContinental Buckhead
3315 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Cocktail Attire. 

R.S.V.P.
Seating is limited.

To register click here.

Members may purchase tickets for $75 and tables of ten including signage for $750. Nonmembers may purchase tickets for $100 and tables of ten including signage for $1,000. Ticket prices include free self-parking. 

Proceeds from this event will provide paid internships for college and university students studying journalism. These funds will guarantee that a new generation will keep alive the high standards of our profession.

Please contact the Atlanta Press Club at 404.577.7377 or info@atlpressclub.org for more information on tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities.

There is a 72 business-hour cancellation policy. 

 

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author, Rick Bragg, Speaks to the Atlanta Press Club

Rick BraggPulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author, Rick Bragg, will be the featured speaker at a special Atlanta Press Club luncheon on Thursday, November 13. He will also sign copies of his most recent book, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. 

WHO
Celebrated journalist Rick Bragg became a national correspondent in The New York Times’ Atlanta office in 1994. In 1996, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Prior to joining The Times, Bragg worked for numerous other newspapers including The Los Angeles Times, The St. Petersburg Times and The Birmingham News.

Bragg is best known for his non-fiction books, especially those about his own family located in Jacksonville, Alabama. He has received more than 50 writing awards in the past 20 years including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award. 

Bragg has taught writing in colleges and in newspaper newsrooms. He currently works as a writing professor for the University of Alabama’s journalism program.

WHEN
Thursday, November 13
11:30 a.m. – Registration and Book Signing*
Noon – Program
1:15 p.m. – Adjourn 

*Eagle Eye Bookshop will have copies of Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story available for sale.

WHERE
The Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street, 49th Floor
Atlanta, GA  30303

Dress at The Commerce Club is business attire.

The ticket price does not include parking.  Parking is available in the 191 Building parking deck with entrances on Ellis Street and Peachtree Center Avenue.  Discounted parking vouchers for this deck will be available for $5 at the event.  The Peachtree Center MARTA station is also very convenient.  

R.S.V.P.
This luncheon is open to the public.

To register click here or call 404.577.7377

Working journalists who wish to cover this event but not partake in lunch may attend for free. Reservations are still required and can be made by calling 404.577.7377 or emailing info@atlpressclub.org.

APC member prices

General admission ticket – $25
Table of 10 – $250
Sponsor table of 10 with table sign & program listing – $275

Nonmember prices

General admission ticket – $35
Table of 10 – $350
Sponsor table of 10 with table sign & program listing – $400

Tables may be purchased by calling 404-577-7377.  Payment must accompany reservations, and there is a 48 business-hour cancellation policy.

For media interviews, contact Lauri Strauss 404-523-1318 or lstrauss@atlpressclub.org.

 

 

 

Business Leaders Paying Their Civic Dues – Tom Bell, Pete Correll, Michael Russell and Sam Williams Discuss Why They Give Back to the Community

logoThe Atlanta Press Club and The Commerce Club will hold a joint luncheon program with some of Atlanta’s most prominent business leaders on Monday, November 17. Former CNN president Tom Johnson will lead a conversation with Tom Bell, former Cousins Properties CEO; Pete Correll, former Georgia-Pacific CEO; Michael Russell, The Russell Companies CEO and Sam Williams, former Metro Atlanta Chamber CEO. The guests will discuss their participation in Williams’ book, The CEO as Urban Statesman.

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Thomas Bell is chairman of Mesa Capital Partners. Prior to Mesa, Bell served as chairman and CEO of Cousins Properties, the Atlanta based REIT that developed and owned commercial and residential properties throughout the Sun Belt.

Georgia_State_University_flame_logoA.D. “Pete” Correll is the chairman of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and the chairman of Atlanta Equity. He is also chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific, where he served as CEO for eight years.

Michael Russell was named CEO of The Russell Companies in 2003, succeeding his father Herman Russell. Russell oversees daily operations of The Russell Companies, which includes H.J. Russell & Company, the largest minority-owned real estate development firm in the United States.

mac logo color high resolution - jpgSam Williams was the president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber for 17 years. During his tenure, Williams oversaw a wide range of successful initiatives, including the Clean Water Act. Williams currently serves on the boards of Emory Healthcare and Grady Hospital.

MODERATOR
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WHEN 
Monday, November 17
11:30 a.m. – Registration and Book Signing
Noon – Lunch and Discussion

WHERE 
The Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street, 49th Floor
Atlanta, GA  30303 

Dress at The Commerce Club is business attire.

The ticket price does not include parking.  Parking is available in the 191 Building parking deck with entrances on Ellis Street and Peachtree Center Avenue.  Discounted parking vouchers for this deck will be available for $5 at the event.  The Peachtree Center MARTA station is also very convenient.  

R.S.V.P.

This luncheon is open to the public.

To register, click here or call 404.577.7377.

Working journalists who wish to cover this event but not partake in lunch may attend for free. Reservations are still required and can be made by calling 404.577.7377 or emailing info@atlpressclub.org.

APC member prices
General admission ticket – $30
Table of 10 – $300
Sponsor table of 10 with table sign & program listing – $325

Nonmember prices
General admission ticket – $40
Table of 10 – $400
Sponsor table of 10 with table sign & program listing – $450

Tickets and tables may be purchased  by calling 404-577-7377.  Payment must accompany reservations, and there is a 48 business-hour cancellation policy. For media interviews, contact Lauri Strauss 404-523-1318 or lstrauss@atlpressclub.org.