Past Public Events

Poynter regularly hosts a variety of events that help members of the community better understand issues surrounding journalism and the people who produce it. Corporate sponsors underwrite program costs, allowing Tampa Bay residents’ gifts to fund student scholarships that offer training to participants who could not otherwise afford Poynter tuition.

Here’s a list of just a few of the conversations and workshops at Poynter over the last 40 years:

Community Conversations:


December 2, 2015 - A Conversation with David Maraniss, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Associate Editor of The Washington Post
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November 13, 2015 - A Conversation with David Axelrod, Author and Political Consultant
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October 28, 2015 - A Conversation with Andy Borowitz, Political Satirist
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Note: This video contains adult language and is intended for a mature audience
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October 26, 2015 - Separating Fact From Fiction: What Every Journalist Needs to Know about Health Care Policy
Panel discussion led by Kelly McBride, Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Affairs

October 9, 2015 - Poynter’s Inaugural Bowtie Ball Honoring Bob Schieffer
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September 10, 2015 - A Conversation with Ana Navarro, Political Consultant for CNN, The View and ABC
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August 5, 2015 - Truth & Trust: Exploring Social Justice Issues in Media 

from the Newsroom to the Classroom
Panel discussion led by Kelly McBride, Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, in San Francisco, California

April 16, 2015 - A Look Inside Washington Politics: An Evening with John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC, author of The New York Times’ weekly “Political Memo” column
This event was in partnership with the Association of Opinion Journalists and was held in Washington, DC.

March 13, 2015 - Race & America: Examining Media’s Coverage of Social Justice Issues - A Conversation with Byron Pitts, ABC News’ Nightline Co-Anchor and Chief National Correspondent for ABC News


December 10, 2014 - Dr. George C. Edwards III, Presidential Scholar - “Predicting the Presidency: Explaining Presidential Leadership”
November 5, 2014 - Gayle Sierens, Co-Anchor, News Channel 8 (WFLA), and John Wilson, Anchor, FOX 13 - “Gayle Sierens & John Wilson: Anchoring a Community and Its Stories for Generations”
July 29, 2014 - Tim Franklin, President of The Poynter Institute, Kelly McBride, Vice president of Academic Programs of The Poynter Institute, Rob King, Senior Vice President of SportsCenter and News at ESPN, Brian Stelter, Host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and Senior Media Correspondent for CNN Worldwide, Melissa Bell, Senior Product Manager and Executive Editor for, Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of The Associated Press, Jeff Jarvis, Founder of and Professor and Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, Craig Newmark, Founder of craigconnects, Shani Hilton, Executive Editor of Buzzfeed, David Boardman, Dean and Professor of School of Media & Communication at Temple University, Shafqat Islam, Co-founder & CEO of NewsCred, Mario Garcia, Founder of Garcia Media and the Hearst Digital Media Professional-in-Residence at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University - Journalism and the Web@25
February 11, 2014 - Sally Kestin and John Maines of the South Florida Sun Sentinel who won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their investigation into police officers who recklessly speed, endangering the lives of citizens; David Barstow of The New York Times who won for Investigative Reporting for an investigation into how Wal-Mart used widespread bribery to dominate the market in Mexico; Lisa Song and Elizabeth McGowan of Inside Climate News won for National Reporting, for their reports about flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines; Tim Nickens and Dan Ruth of the Tampa Bay Times won for Editorial Writing, for their campaign to reverse a decision to end fluoridation of Pinellas County’s water supply - “Pulitzers @ Poynter”


May 27 - July 12, 2013 - “White House News Photographers Eyes of History 2013”
May 9, 2013 - Byron Pitts, Chief National Correspondent and Anchor, ABC News - “A Community Conversation with Byron Pitts, CBS News”
March 14, 2013 - Eric Deggans, TV/Media Critic and author, Tampa Bay Times; Reginald Roundtree, Anchor, WTSP - “RACE-BAITER: A Community Conversation with Eric Deggans and Reginald Roundtree”
January 17, 2013 - Dave Barry, Humor Columnist and Writer, and Gene Weingarten, Columnist, The Washington Post Magazine - “An Evening with Dave Barry: Why I’m Still Waiting in Line to Vote”


August 28, 2012 - “Morning Joe” hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski - “Lunch with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski” August 26, 2012 - Michael Kranish, Co-author of “The Real Romney;” Washington Bureau Deputy Chief, The Boston Globe - Conversation with Michael Kranish
June 18, 2012 - Jill Geisler - Author; Senior Faculty, Leadership and Management, The Poynter Institute - “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know Book Launch”
June 14, 2012 - Jim Cantore, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel - “Jim Cantore: Storm Tracker”


October 19, 2011 - Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and Special Correspondent, CNN - “Dinner & Q&A with Soledad O’Brien”
September 26, 2011 - Juan Williams, Political Analyst, Fox News - “What Ever Happened to Public Debate?”
August 11, 2011 - Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News - Community Conversation with “The Travel Detective”
March 15, 2011 - Bob Woodward, journalist and best-selling author - “Community Conversation with Bob Woodward”


December 3, 2010 - Carl Juste, photojournalist - “Telling Your Life In Pictures”
November 4, 2010 - Tom Brokaw, special correspondent, NBC News - “A Great Generation of Journalism”
November 4, 2010 - Ken Paulson, President & CEO, First Amendment Center, and John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center - “First Amendment Forum: Celebrate and Support the First Amendment”
October 26, 2010 - George Packer, staff writer and author, The New Yorker - “Is America In Decline?”
October 15, 2010 - Steve Lopez, columnist and author, LA Times - “When Columnists Matter Most”
September 18, 2010 - Chip Somodevilla, award-winning photojournalist - “Eyes of History 2010: Exhibition and Lecture”
August 31, 2010 - Dan Rather, journalist and former news anchor - “Tough Questions, Tough Reporter”
May 20, 2010 - Katharine Weymouth, publisher, The Washington Post - “The Edge of Change Colloquium: Leading Change, Embracing A Legacy”
April 13, 2010 - Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent - “WEDU/PBS NewsHour Community Forum - The Changing Media Landscape”
April 6, 2010 - Nicholas Kristof, columnist, New York Times - “Evening with New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof”
January 27, 2010 - Ron Haviv, photojournalist - “Congo/Women: An Evening With Award-Winning Photojournalist Ron Haviv”


October 6, 2009 - Don Gonyea, White House correspondent, NPR (National Public Radio) - “Covering the War at Home: The Story of Our Time”
September 14, 2009 - Ted Koppel journalist and member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame - “Journalism In Crisis: Who’s to Blame?”
June 20, 2009 - Jennifer Weiner, New York Times Best-selling Author - “Journalism Made Me A Novelist”
January 28, 2009 - Chris Mortensen, Suzy Kolber, Jeremy Schaap, Cris Carter and Rob King, ESPN Journalists - “Heroes & Villains: How the Majesty and Money of Sports Affect the Values and Culture of American Life”


September 15, 2008 - Juan Williams, news analyst, National Public Radio and Connie Schultz, columnist, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer - “Election 2008: Covering the Issues”
May 20, 2008 - Anne Hull, national reporter, The Washington Post and David Maraniss, associate editor, The Washington Post - “A Community Conversation: Covering the War at Home: The Story of Our Time”
February 15, 2008 - Gwen Ifill, journalist and host, Washington Week - “Gwen Ifill: Inside and Outside the Beltway”


November 10, 2007 - Howard Troxler, columnist, St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) - “At Least that Crisis is Fixed - Oh Wait…”
July 28, 2007 - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, assistant managing editor, The Washington Post and Martha Raddatz, chief White House correspondent, ABC News - “The War in Iraq: Stories of Heroism, War & Family”


October 20, 2006 - Bob Schieffer, host, Face the Nation (and former host of the CBS Evening News) and Jim Naughton, President Emirtus, The Poynter Institute - “Poynter Leadership Academy Conversation with Bob Schieffer and Jim Naughton”
September 25, 2006 - Sam Donaldson, national correspondent, ABC News and Cokie Roberts, senior news analyst for National Public Radio and political commentator for ABC News - “Press, Politics and American Life”
January 12, 2006 - Art Caplan, columnist for MSNBC, author, and Center for Bioethics Director, University of Pennsylvania and Diana Sugg, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, The (Baltimore) Sun - “At Least that Crisis is Fixed - Oh Wait…”


September 15, 2005 - William Raspberry - “Educating Our Children” February 22, 2005 - Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman and Publisher, New York Times Company - “Talk Back! To the New York Times”

Public Workshops:


October 27, 2013 - Roy Peter Clark, Jayne Anne Phillips, Daniel Ruth, Lori Roy, Tom French & Kelley Benham, Jeff Klinkenberg - “Write Your Heart Out Tampa Bay”
May 18, 2013 - Roy Peter Clark, David Finkel, DeNeen L. Brown, Ezra Klein, Bob Woodward - “Write Your Heart Out, Washington”


November 17, 2012 - Roy Peter Clark, Jess Walter, Nancy Rawles, Jim Lynch, Jacqui Banaszynski, Ken Armstrong - “Write Your Heart Out, Seattle”
November 9, 2012 - Jill Geisler and Butch Ward - “Great Bosses Boot Camp: Performance Management”
October 11, 2012 - Roy Peter Clark, Paul Tash, Jill Geisler - “Writing With Roy for Executives”
May 12, 2012 - Roy Peter Clark, David Maraniss, Dana Milbank, Donna Britt, Sally Jenkins - “Write Your Heart Out, Washington”


October 1, 2011 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Lonnae O’Neal Parker, Anne Hull, Eugene Robinson, Kathleen Parker, Gene Weingarten - “Write Your Heart Out, Washington”
July 8, 2011 - Cartoonists: Clay Bennett, Steve Kelley, Ann Telnaes, Rob Rogers, Jack Ohman, Joel Pett - “Cartoonapalooza: F!reworks in Pen and Ink!”


December 9, 2010 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Tom French, Lane DeGregory, Jacqui Banaszynski, Michelle Hiskey - “Telling Your Story”
November 5, 2010 - Ellyn Angelotti & Others - “Social Media Day”
June 19, 2010 - Roy Peter Clark, Lane DeGregory - “Writing with Roy”
May 22, 2010 - Tom French, Roy Peter Clark - “Get it Published”
January 23, 2010 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Tom French, Lane DeGregory - “Writing with Roy in Sarasota”


December 12, 2009 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Tom French, Lane DeGregory - Writing with Roy”
December 9, 2009 - Roy Peter Clark, Kelly McBride - “Write Your Way Into College”
September 12, 2009 - Roy Peter Clark, Kelly McBride - “Write Your Way Into College”
June 13, 2009 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Chip Scanlan, Lane DeGregory - Writing with Roy”
April 18, 2009 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Tom French - Writing with Roy”