The Big Island Press Club Celebrates 50 Years

Come celebrate 50 years of service to the Big Island community with the Big Island Press Club. Since 1967 the club and it’s founders have worked to protect the public’s right to know. The club actively advocates for freedom of the media and freedom of speech rights, holds government and those elected to serve the public accountable. It encourages and grants scholarships to the upcoming and future generations of would-be-newspeople and media supporters, and seeks to improve local and global communities.

The evening’s Keynote Speaker is Kirstin Downey.

A local girl, Downey went to Kailua High School and then Penn State University. Downey wrote about the dwindling supply of low-income housing. She was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2000-2001 after writing many stories about sexual harassment in the workplace. She covered the terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001. From 2005 to 2007, Downey wrote dozens of stories chronicling the dangerous growth of toxic mortgages. In 2008 Downey was a part of the Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post metro staff, for coverage of the campus massacre at Virginia Tech.

Dinner will be a buffet of choices including carved baron of beef with pan gravy and horseradish sour cream, stuffed chicken Maunakea with honey ham, swiss cheese, and sauce bearnaise, and grilled fish with dungeness crab and caper butter. There will be a selection of sides and beverages available as well.

All are welcome to attend! Students and members are highly encouraged to join us and we would love to have everyone from the community attending as much as possible. Please come, celebrate with us, and meet the various members of the media on our island!

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