The 2013 Heart of America Awards will be presented Saturday, June 22.
The awards presentation will be at a different venue at a different time, and will cost less.
The awards will be presented this year at the Grand St. Café at 4740 Grand Ave, Kansas City, Missouri. This new location is conveniently located just east of the Country Club Plaza.
Parking is available just west of the Grand St. Cafe, south of Winsteads on 47th. See maps. Drinks will be served at a cash bar beginning at noon, with the lunch banquet beginning at 12:30. Awards finalists will be notified by email in May that they will be receiving an award, with the specific places announced at the banquet.
The cost this year is only $35 per person (tax deductible).
In addition to the category awards, the Press Club will present its Journalist of the Year and Joe McGuff Lifetime Achievement awards.
Please watch the Kansas City Press Club web site for further details.
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Local authors discuss work
Photo by Mary Rupert
The Kansas City Press Club and the Kansas City, Kan., South Branch Library sponsored an authors’ discussion at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the South Branch Library, 310 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
From left to right were Bill Ouseley, retired FBI agent and author of "Mobsters in Our Midst -- The Kansas City Crime Family," Darryl Levings, Kansas City Star editor and author of "Saddle the Pale Horse," Andrea Warren, author of youth books including "Pioneer Girl" and "Orphan Train," and Joe Vaughan, author of a pictorial history, "Kansas City, Kansas."
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Board of Directors election scheduled
The Press Club will hold its annual election at the June 22 awards banquet.
The current board of directors will present a slate of candidates, and other nominations will be accepted, either in advance or from the floor.
Nominees for Press Club officers are Bob Sigman, president, Debra DeCoster, vice president, and Mary Rupert, secretary, Dick Nelson, treasurer, and Linda Chesney Kaut, immediate past president..
Sigman automatically moves to the presidency from vice president, according to the bylaws. The immediate past president also is a bylaws-mandated position.
Nominees for the board of directors are Bill Smith, Bill Grady, and Mark Reddig.
Sigman is a former member of the editorial board of The Kansas City Star and former Opinion Page editor of the Johnson County Sun. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas journalism school.
DeCoster is a reporter for the KC Hispanic News.
Rupert is the editor of the Wyandotte Daily News. Mary has a bachelors degree from Kansas State University and an MSJ from the University of Kansas.
Nelson is retired. He taught broadcast journalism at both the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas, has held news management positions at KCTV and several other stations, and been a consultant for stations in Hong Kong and Indonesia.
Board nominee Grady is is a general assignment reporter for KMBZ Radio in Kansas City, and has spent 42 years in the broadcasting businessis a general assignment reporter for KMBZ Radio in Kansas City, and has spent 42 years in the broadcasting business. He currently serves on the board.
Smith is manager of new media at KSHB-TV. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri.
Reddig is Host of "Land Line Now", a news and information program designed specifically for truck drivers, and has held other management positions in journalism. Reddig is also a current board member and former treasurer of the Press Club.