Media Watch: It's Raining Media on Saturday
by NPT Staff
Posted on May 1, 2008
Ok, you all want chisme and gossip. Next time. But you can feed your mind with this event. It's a press release from the El Paso Press Club.
"The El Paso Press Club invites the public its first “Meet the Press” event featuring KVIA anchor Gary Warner, who will retire this month. Warner will answer questions from the audience and talk about his long career in the El Paso airwaves. Come meet Gary and say good-bye as he gets ready to go off the air. The event is free and designed for the general public, as well as members of the local media."
The event is 10:30 a.m. Saturday (May 3) at Kinley’s House Coffee & Tea, 2231 N. Mesa.
“Meet the Press” is an effort to "give the public access to the people – reporters, editors, anchors, photographers, graphic artists and media executives – that make up the city’s press crops."
Gustavo Reveles, the El Paso Times City Hall reporter and press club vice president, said in a statement that "The El Paso Press Club has had several events for members of the media, and the board decided that having something for the entire community would be a logical next step. We figured a meet the press type of event, where the public can ask questions and make comments to reporters and editors, is a good way to develop stronger ties with those we are trying to inform.
"Gary is a legend in El Paso and his retirement is big news. Frankly, we couldn't have asked for a better person to kick off the series. Gary is bright, professional and interesting. The conversation with him should be very enlightening."
NPT's David Crowder, Press Club president, said "The El Paso Press Club is in the third year of its revival. We’ve been talking about starting monthly programs for the news professional in the El Paso area and, if we can pull it off, the public as well for a long time.
"Gary Warner has been El Paso’s Walter Cronkite and now he’s retiring. We thought it would be nice to give him the chance to say his good byes, to speak frankly about the business to which he has given so many years and to take some questions. So, we have organized this Meet the Press event for him.
"I hope it’s the first of more to come."
Since we're into promotion here, it's also worth noting that the El Paso Media Group's Lisa Degliantoni, editor-in-chief of the group, and Sito Negron, editor of NPT, will be guests at the Ray Pearson Forum with Joe Oliva at 8 a.m. Saturday at 214 W. Franklin.
Host Joe Oliva said that program is part of an ongoing series of forums delving into the role of the electronic media and press in El Paso and the responsibilities that TV, online and print news outlets have in the community: Is it to cover the news in a serious way or to make money running a business and cover some news along the way?
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