Friday, March 18, 2005

KGO's Steve Davis dies of cancer

Steve Davis, a reporter and anchor at KGO from 1971 to 1991, has died from cancer. KGO says, "He reported extensively on the SLA, the group that kidnapped Patty Hearst. He also investigated Jim Jones and the People's Temple in San Francisco well before hundreds of people died in the suicide and murder in Guyana. His interview with the cult's former lawyer was a grim warning of what was to come ... Steve traveled to Mount Saint Helens to experience the area near the volcano's crater first hand. In 1991, he was part of the team that brought viewers the devastating news of the Oakland firestorm."

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

March 2005 Press Club board minutes

PRESENT: Michelle Carter, John Kane, Ed Remitz, Jack Russell, Darryl Compton.

ABSENT: Jon Mays and Bill Workman, illnesses; Aimee Lewis, Dave Price

President Micki Carter called meeting to order at 6:20 p.m. She announced that Justin Nyberg has resigned as a member of the board because he has moved to New Mexico to do freelance writing. The board unnaimously expressed its thanks and appreciation for Justin's contributions as a member of the board.

The board also extended congratulations to President Carter, adviser to the staff of the Notre Dame De Namur University newspaper, The Argonaut, which took first place in the non-daily category of the California Collegiate Media Association and fourth place among 144 entries in the nationwide Associated Collegiate Press competition.

Minutes of the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were approved.

It was also moved and seconded that Darryl move the $10,194 that we have at United American Bank and merge it with the $6,941 in our 501(c)3, thereby boosting our scholarship fund to $17,000, and investing it in a CD for a better interest rate.Board members were polled via email for their votes on this matter and the motion passed unanimously.

Darryl presented a positive report on the PPC Professional Journalism awads competition, which showed a record 541 entries with increases in most categories. The previous record was 462 entries for last year's competition.

It was noted that the PPC is becoming increasingly active in helping to judge journalism competition for other U.S. Press clubs. PPC members presently are judging competition from the press clubs of Cleveland and Southeast Texas. It was agreed to identify our organization as the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club in future correspondence with other press clubs.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 p.m.

Submitted by John Kane, acting secretary.