Poynter Announces 40th Anniversary Speaker Series Featuring Media and Political Industry Thought Leaders

Lineup includes: Ana Navarro, ABC and CNN Political Contributor and Strategist; Andy Borowitz, Comedian and Satirist for The New Yorker; David Axelrod, Author and Former Senior Advisor to the President of the United States; and David Maraniss, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Journalist

Aug 21, 2015, 12:36 ET from The Poynter Institute

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As it celebrates 40 years as a global leader in journalism, The Poynter Institute announced it will host a 40th Anniversary Speaker series -- four memorable evenings with some of the most recognized leaders in politics and the media.

The speakers and their event dates, which will each take place in St. Petersburg,  include Ana Navarro, ABC and CNN Political Contributor and Strategist, on Sept. 10; Andy Borowitz, Comedian and Satirist for The New Yorker, on Oct. 28; David Axelrod, Author and Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, on Nov. 13, and David Maraniss, a Pulitzer-Prize winning author and Associate Editor of The Washington Post, on Dec. 2. Each evening will include an engaging and thoughtful discussion about relevant topics in the news, as well as an optional reception and dinner.

"With these renowned and respected individuals coming to engage our community, Poynter continues its tradition of regularly hosting events that help citizens better understand issues surrounding the news and people who make it," said Poynter President Tim Franklin.  "Hosting Ana, Andy, David and David shines a light on our four decades of teaching, convening and informing people about the impact of great journalism and how it can make a difference in democracy."

Ana Navarro kicks off the Speaker Series on Sept. 10, 2015 at The Poynter Institute in downtown St. Petersburg. At the event, she'll discuss issues important to Hispanic voters and how they will impact the 2016 presidential race. Navarro is a nationally known political contributor and strategist who appears regularly on ABC, CNN and CNN Espanol.

For more information on the 40th Anniversary Speaker Series, please visit: www.poynter.org/speakerseries or contact Elisa Jackson at ejackson@poynter.org or 727-553-4676.

For details on each event, please visit:

About The Poynter Institute The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education, and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, www.newsu.org, offers the world's largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 325,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute's website, www.poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world's top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.

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