Make Reservations Now for the Golden Quill Awards Dinner

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Golden Quill Awards

    PITTSBURGH, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Reserve a spot now for the Press Club
 of Western Pennsylvania's 37th annual Golden Quill Awards dinner, Monday,
 May 14, 2001, at the Pittsburgh Hilton & Towers, Downtown Pittsburgh.  Winners
 of the Golden Quills competition, recognizing professional excellence in
 written, photographic and broadcast journalism in Western Pennsylvania, will
 be announced at the dinner.
     Also during the event, the Press Club will give the 2001 President's Award
 to retired Associated Press special correspondent George Esper.  The
 President's Award honors a Western Pennsylvania journalist for lifetime
 achievement in the field.
     A native of Uniontown, Esper began his journalism career at the Uniontown
 Morning Herald in 1952, when he was still a student at West Virginia
 University.  In 1958, he moved on to AP's Pittsburgh bureau, then to the
 bureaus in Philadelphia and New York.
     In his 42 years of working for the wire service, Esper is perhaps best
 known for his work as bureau chief in Saigon during the Vietnam War.  By 1975,
 when the United States was pulling out of the country, Esper stayed behind
 with a few other journalists and continued to file stories until he was
 expelled from the country, five weeks after the fall of Saigon.  He wrote
 about his experiences in a book, "The Eyewitness History of the Vietnam War."
     Now retired from AP's Boston bureau, he teaches journalism at West
 Virginia University, his alma mater.
     The Press Club also will bestow the 2001 Service to Journalism Award to
 the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation's Urban Journalism Workshop.
     Each August for the past 18 years, the program has taken approximately
 30 minority students -- juniors, seniors and graduated seniors -- and has
 given them instruction in print and broadcast media during a weeklong
 residential workshop at Point Park College.  Under the direction of
 instructors from local media outlets, the students produce a newspaper, a
 15-minute radio news program and a half-hour television newscast.
     The majority of the participants come from Western Pennsylvania, but some
 have hailed from California, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida.  Many
 have gone on to work at USA Today, MSNBC and local stations and newspapers.
     The Golden Quills dinner will kick off at 6 p.m. with cocktails.  Then at
 7 p.m., the program will begin with something new -- a musical parody revue of
 the news year by the just formed Golden Quill Players, brave members of the
 local media you will recognize, even if they hope you don't.  Dinner will
 immediately follow, and the awards ceremony will begin at 8 p.m.
     Tickets are $50 each, $500 for a table of 10.  Send reservations with
 check payable to the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania to Angie Burdette,
 Tribune-Review, 503 Martindale St., Third Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.  For
 more information, call 412-320-7952.  Deadline for reservations is Friday,
 May 4, 2001.
 
 

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    PITTSBURGH, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Reserve a spot now for the Press Club
 of Western Pennsylvania's 37th annual Golden Quill Awards dinner, Monday,
 May 14, 2001, at the Pittsburgh Hilton & Towers, Downtown Pittsburgh.  Winners
 of the Golden Quills competition, recognizing professional excellence in
 written, photographic and broadcast journalism in Western Pennsylvania, will
 be announced at the dinner.
     Also during the event, the Press Club will give the 2001 President's Award
 to retired Associated Press special correspondent George Esper.  The
 President's Award honors a Western Pennsylvania journalist for lifetime
 achievement in the field.
     A native of Uniontown, Esper began his journalism career at the Uniontown
 Morning Herald in 1952, when he was still a student at West Virginia
 University.  In 1958, he moved on to AP's Pittsburgh bureau, then to the
 bureaus in Philadelphia and New York.
     In his 42 years of working for the wire service, Esper is perhaps best
 known for his work as bureau chief in Saigon during the Vietnam War.  By 1975,
 when the United States was pulling out of the country, Esper stayed behind
 with a few other journalists and continued to file stories until he was
 expelled from the country, five weeks after the fall of Saigon.  He wrote
 about his experiences in a book, "The Eyewitness History of the Vietnam War."
     Now retired from AP's Boston bureau, he teaches journalism at West
 Virginia University, his alma mater.
     The Press Club also will bestow the 2001 Service to Journalism Award to
 the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation's Urban Journalism Workshop.
     Each August for the past 18 years, the program has taken approximately
 30 minority students -- juniors, seniors and graduated seniors -- and has
 given them instruction in print and broadcast media during a weeklong
 residential workshop at Point Park College.  Under the direction of
 instructors from local media outlets, the students produce a newspaper, a
 15-minute radio news program and a half-hour television newscast.
     The majority of the participants come from Western Pennsylvania, but some
 have hailed from California, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida.  Many
 have gone on to work at USA Today, MSNBC and local stations and newspapers.
     The Golden Quills dinner will kick off at 6 p.m. with cocktails.  Then at
 7 p.m., the program will begin with something new -- a musical parody revue of
 the news year by the just formed Golden Quill Players, brave members of the
 local media you will recognize, even if they hope you don't.  Dinner will
 immediately follow, and the awards ceremony will begin at 8 p.m.
     Tickets are $50 each, $500 for a table of 10.  Send reservations with
 check payable to the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania to Angie Burdette,
 Tribune-Review, 503 Martindale St., Third Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.  For
 more information, call 412-320-7952.  Deadline for reservations is Friday,
 May 4, 2001.
 
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