April 2017
In This Issue
Board of Directors


Thom Fladung
Hennes Communications 

Amy McGahan
Dix & Eaton 

Carol Kovach
Diocese of Cleveland 


Rita Andolsen

John Betchkal
Retired, GE Lighting 

Mary Lou Brink
The Plain Dealer

Toni Garbo

Jennifer Keirn
Keirn & Co

Elizabeth McInyre
Crain's Cleveland Business

Russ Mitchell
Russ Mitchell

Lee Moran
The News-Herald 

Kathleen Osborne
Hathaway Brown School 

Denise Polverine

Joe Pulizzi
Content Marketing Institute 

Todd Schneider

Mark Simpson

Amanda Todorvich
Cleveland Clinic

Past President
Ed Byers
Retired, Medical Mutual 

Lynn Bracic
Professional Management Concepts, Inc. 
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From the President -- Thom Fladung

"Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!"
----- Bill Murray, "Ghostbusters"
No, there's no human sacrifice involved. But some might regard it as dogs and cats living together.
The Press Club of Cleveland is partnering with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
The Bar in February began a series of programs called Hot Talks with experts talking about the hot subjects of the moment - in a manner designed to shed more light than heat.
In the Bar's own words: " One way we strive to fulfill our mission is by creating opportunities for the open, civil exchange of ideas and viewpoints across a vast array of subjects - both for our members and the community at large.  During the coming weeks and months, as the Trump Administration continues to unveil its plans for action, as the legislative and judicial branches begin to weigh in with their responses, and as the temperature rises on other hot topics, the CMBA will offer opportunities for civil conversations about these consequential concerns."
We're all for civil conversations about consequential concerns. So, with the help of Bar Executive Director Becky McMahon and Rita Klein, the Bar's head of marketing and public relations, we'll be working with the Bar on these programs going forward.
The February and March programs discussed immigration policies and sanctuary and welcoming cities. Future Hot Talks are on the second Tuesday of each month, alternating between lunch hours and early evening, at the Bar offices at 1375 East Ninth Street, on the second floor. The program for the April 11 Hot Talk, scheduled for noon to 1 p.m., is still to be determined. The typical program has 20 to 30 minutes of discussion from the speakers followed by an open Q&A session.
What's in it for Press Club members? You can go, participate and learn - and it's free. We'll keep you updated on upcoming programs in this newsletter and via our social media channels. And the Bar folks are eager to expand our partnership, including the Press Club helping determine subjects and find speakers.
Take advantage of the upcoming Hot Talks. Let's get the Bar our ideas. Like Humphrey Bogart said in "Casablanca," "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Register today for our upcoming April 24th program.
Tickets are limited for this event. Click here to register online
All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards
Entries have been received and are in the process of being sent out to other Press Clubs across the United States. Some of which include:
Western Pennsylvania, Syracuse, NY, Los Angeles, California, New Orleans, Louisiana, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Idaho, South East Louisiana, Florida and several others.  

Thanks to everyone who entered. We hit another record number of entries this year... a few over 900.

Judging is due back by the third week in April. Winners will be notified when judging is completed.  

Mark your calendar for Friday, June 2nd when the All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards event will be held at the House of Blues Cleveland.
Press Club T-Shirts are coming
Crew necks or women's scoop necks are available.
Women's Small / Medium / Large
Men's Medium / Large / Extra Large
$10 each if you pick up at one of our events
Shipping/handling is additional charge (if shipped)

The Press Club of Cleveland raised more than $1,000 for The Press Club of Cleveland's Scholarship Fund at Kent State University
Thanks to our sponsors who support The Press Club of Cleveland. A portion of their sponsorship is given to our scholarship fund at KSU. Members are welcome to donate to our scholarship fund as well.
First Press Club Trivia Night
Sold Out - Success
It was another evening of fun, laughs and answers - some correct and some not!
Thanks to all 80 members and non-members who attended.
Special thanks to Mike McIntyre who was the MC for the evening. 

Welcome new members
Jose Feliciano, External Affairs Administrator
Cleveland RTA 
Jose Feliciano Jr. is an external affairs administrator for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. That's a title which encompasses a number of responsibilities for the two-year RTA veteran. 

Matthew Florjancic, Digital Sports Producer

Matt covers Cleveland/Akron area sports at the professional and collegiate levels. He c reates content for WKYC.com/Sports, including features, opinion pieces, game stories, sidebars and previews.  He also h osts video vignettes for WKYC.com/Sports and Facebook Live interviews
Angela Gartner, Editor 
Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine
Angela Gartner is the current editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for Cleveland/Akron/Lake-Geauga Family magazines. As a journalist, her features and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. She loves watching her two sons play either at the ice rink or baseball field. Her favorite things are books, spending time finding new places around Northeast Ohio and hanging out with the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger.
Diondra Heard, Senior
Cleveland State University
Diondra will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film, Television, and Interactive Media in May 2017. After graduation she plans to work as a television news sports reporter. I have already started the process of applying for jobs in my field. She is interested in learning more about journalism as well as doing some networking with journalism professionals.

Diondra is currently a student member of the the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists (GCABJ). 

As stated previously she is here to learn so please feel free to contact her with any information you think would help further benefit my television news career journey. Diondra is open to anything workshops, networking events, career fairs, trainings, mentoring recommendations, it doesn't matter the sky is the limit! 

I am so excited about joining the Press Club of Cleveland and I look forward to meeting you all at upcoming events.

Andrew Horansky, Senior Reporter
Before coming home, he was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at KHOU, WKYC's sister station in Houston, and held a similar position at KVUE in Austin.

Prior to Texas, Andrew worked as a Chicago-based correspondent for the country's first high definition news network, HD News. From the devastating tsunami in Sri Lanka to a massive earthquake in Pakistan, he traveled the globe covering some of the biggest stories of the decade. He reported from the war in Iraq, traveled to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina, to London for the subway bombings, and to Haiti for deadly mudslides.

His career began in Iowa, where he shot and edited his stories, and met everyone from struggling family farmers to politicians hoping to win the caucus. From there, he worked briefly in Northern Michigan before joining the team at New England Cable News in Boston. Along the way he completed fellowships abroad through RIAS, the International Center for Journalists, and Fulbright.

He is a 1994 graduate of St. Ignatius High School and has a degree in international relations from Georgetown University.
Andrew currently lives in Bay Village with his wife and daughter.
David Kordalski, Creative Director
Crain's Cleveland Business
David Kordalski joined Crain's Cleveland Business  as the creative director in April 2016, after 16 years as the Assistant Managing Editor/Visuals at The Plain Dealer . Prior to that, he held a similar position at The Detroit News . David has responsibility for the look of both Cleveland and Detroit Business publications.
David Reavis
Public Relations Manager
Third Federal Savings

Dave Reavis currently serves as public relations manager for Third Federal Savings and Loan, a $13 billion thrift based in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at KeyCorp, where he held a variety of public relations roles before being named external communications director in 2007. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, watching his kids participate in youth sports, and rooting for Cleveland's sports teams. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond, where he studied journalism, and resides in Shaker Heights with his wife Danielle, and twins Jack and Claire.  His oldest daughter is a sophomore at American University in Washington, D.C.
Why I joined the Press Club
I was looking to get more involved in a professional society that fit my background, and several friends recommended I look into the Press Club.  
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