Sen. Marco Rubio to speak at ASNE Convention

marco rubio small The American Society of News Editors is pleased to announce that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will speak to its members at the 2013 ASNE Convention in Washington, D.C.

Rubio -- often mentioned as a potential presidential contender in 2016 -- will be the keynote luncheon speaker on Tuesday, June 25. He will take questions from ASNE members in the audience after his remarks.

Since being elected to the Senate in 2010, Rubio has become one of the most influential conservatives in Washington. He is the leading Senate Republican in an attempt to modernize the nation's immigration laws for the first time in a generation, providing new border security and immigration law enforcement as well as an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. The Senate bill debates are scheduled to begin the week of June 10 and are expected to last several weeks. 

Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. His committee assignments currently include Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; Intelligence; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He and his wife, Jeanette, have four young children and live in West Miami.

To hear Rubio's speech, you must register for the ASNE Convention and purchase a lunch ticket for Tuesday, June 25. Don't forget to book your hotel room at the Capital Hilton and  register your spouse/companion as well! Early bird registration rates and hotel discounts are available through tomorrow, May 30.

Other high-profile speakers at the ASNE Convention include Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, The New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson, Gannett Co. CEO Gracia Martore and participants from the Associated Press, ProPublica, NPR, ESPN, The Washington Post, PBS and many others. To find out more about the ASNE Convention, visit and check out the full convention schedule.

ASNE extends convention invitation to Attorney General Holder

Late last week, we officially invited Attorney General Eric Holder to speak to us at the ASNE Convention in June. After President Obama's speech from the National Defense University in which he said he believed a free press was essential for a democracy and that Congress should pass a media shield law -- and that he had raised these issues with Holder -- we extended an invitation.

Obama also said that Holder had "agreed to review existing Department of Justice guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters" and will "convene a group of media organizations to hear their concerns as part of that review." We expressed a desire to be part of that group of media organizations as well.

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