Events

Pulitzer Centennial Celebration at Poynter. The Poynter Institute

Ana Navarro
ABC and CNN political contributor and strategist

Andy Borowitz
Satirist for The New Yorker, comedian, actor, author and creator of hit NBC series, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

David Axelrod
Author and political consultant and former senior advisor to the President of the United States

David Maraniss
Pulitzer-prize winning author and associate editor of The Washington Post Lucian Perkins David

Poynter regularly hosts a variety of events that help members of the community better understand issues surrounding journalism and the people who produce it. Visit this page often for an updated list of upcoming speakers with links to buy tickets.

Upcoming Events

Poynter Presents a Pulitzer Centennial Celebration

The Pulitzer Prize Board, in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, has selected the Poynter Institute to conduct a two-day event aimed at highlighting the historical achievements of journalists and others who produced Pulitzer Prize-winning work in the service of civil rights, social equality and democracy.

Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

The Voices of Social Justice and Equality

Keynote by Congressman John Lewis

The Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg
Tickets no longer available.

The celebration will kick-off with a spectacular evening celebrating the work of Civil Rights-era Pulitzer Prize winners. Through photography, fine arts, live music and dance performances, the work of Civil Rights-era Pulitzer Prize winners will be showcased. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a legendary Civil Rights leader and an organizer of the Selma Bridge March in 1965, will deliver the keynote address.

Friday, April 1, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

Social Justice Beyond Race

The Poynter Institute, 801 3rd Street S., St. Petersburg

People experience social injustice as they face large and often impenetrable institutions of education, the criminal justice system, health care, banks, and much more. The poor cannot escape the floods in New Orleans; the water is poisoned in Flint, Michigan; city schools in Florida are “failure factories.” Can a Pulitzer Prize be won by journalists who can anticipate these potential disasters, or are we doomed, at a time of diminishing resources, to be reporting from behind? Panelists to include Pulitzer winners and other journalism experts: Liz Balmaseda, Jacqui Banaszynski, Anne Hull, Clarence Williams, Diana Sugg, Tom Huang, Rob King and Gregory Favre. This is the second event in a series of four events over the two-day celebration.

Friday, April 1, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.

The Future of Civil Rights and Social Justice Journalism

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Student Center Ballroom, 200 6th Avenue S., St. Petersburg
Lunch and Program

We are a half century beyond the days of Birmingham and Selma. Where is the next generation of Pulitzer Prize winners? How can they help us grow as a democracy of social justice, civil rights, and equality? Eric Deggans, TV critic for National Public Radio and author, will moderate this luncheon event and discussion. Panelists include four Pulitzer Prize winners: Leonard Pitts, the Miami Herald; Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post; Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press. This is the third event in a series of four events over the two-day celebration.

Friday, April 1, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.

The Great Pulitzer Prize Writing Teach-In

The Poynter Institute, 801 3rd Street S., St. Petersburg

More than a dozen Pulitzer Prize-winning writers and master teachers will share the most reliable secrets of their craft for students, educators, journalists, and freelance writers. In a free-flowing sequence of lessons, participants will experience an inspirational and instructive writing workshop. Teachers will include: Tom French, Leonard Pitts, Jacqui Banaszynski, Ben Montgomery, Diana Sugg, Lane DeGregory, Stephen Henderson, Alexandra Zayas, Keith Woods, Mario Garcia, Howell Raines and Roy Peter Clark. This is the final of four events planned in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Recent Past Events

Poynter’s 40th Anniversary Speaker Series

September 10 - December 2, 2015 (Receptions, Dinners and Conversations)

Our community joined us for four special evenings of engaging discussion with thought leaders from the media industry and politics. Speakers include Ana Navarro, ABC and CNN political contributor and strategist; Andy Borowitz, satirist for The New Yorker, comedian, actor, author and creator of the hit NBC series, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”; David Axelrod, author and political consultant and former senior advisor to the President of the United States; and David Maraniss, Pulitzer-prize winning author and associate editor of The Washington Post.

A Conversation with Ana Navarro

ABC and CNN Political Contributor and Strategist
Presented by The Poynter Institute and Holton Companies
September 10, 2015

This discussion examined issues important to Hispanic voters and how they will impact the 2016 presidential race. Ana Navarro is a nationally renowned political contributor and strategist who often appears on ABC, CNN and CNN en Español. She has expertise on Latin American and Hispanic issues.
View the conversation replay here.

A Conversation with Andy Borowitz

Satirist for the New Yorker, Comedian, Actor, Author and Creator of the Hit NBC Series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
Presented by The Poynter Institute
October 28, 2015

Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who created The Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world and for which he won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor. The Borowitz Report was acquired by The New Yorker in 2012.
View the conversation replay here.
Note: This video contains adult language and is intended for mature audiences.

A Conversation with David Axelrod

Author and Political Consultant
Presented by The Poynter Institute and the Association of Opinion Journalists
November 13, 2015

David Axelrod is a political theorist and the author of Believer: My Forty Years in Politics (2015). Axelrod served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama and to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition, as well as senior strategist to Barack Obama’s historic campaign for the presidency in 2008 and his reelection in 2012.
View the conversation replay here.

A Conversation with David Maraniss

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Associate Editor of The Washington Post
Presented by The Poynter Institute and the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation
December 2, 2015

David Maraniss is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Pulitzer for national reporting in 1993 for his newspaper coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. He also was part of The Washington Post team that won a 2008 Pulitzer for the newspaper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting. He has won several other notable awards for achievements in journalism, including the George Polk Award, the Dirksen Prize for Congressional Reporting, the ASNE Laventhol Prize for Deadline Writing, the Hancock Prize for Financial Writing, the Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Frankfort Book Prize, the Eagleton Book Prize, the Ambassador Book Prize, and Latino Book Prize.
View the conversation replay here.

For more information, please contact Elisa Jackson at ejackson@poynter.org or 727-553-4676.

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