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The Sacramento Press Club is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists through college scholarships. In addition, the Sacramento Press Club is committed to informing and educating its members and the public through monthly luncheons featuring news makers from throughout the nation.

Scholarship Honorees

May 22: NPR Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, 2018 Scholarship Awards


Nelson 

The Sacramento Press Club welcomes back National Public Radio international correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson as our guest speaker at the club’s annual scholarships awards luncheon on May 22.


Nelson, based in Berlin, will share some of her experiences covering central Europe and the Middle East for NPR since 2006. Before she joined NPR, Nelson was a reporter for the Orange County Register based in Sacramento and a member of the Sacramento Press Club.


After opening the NPR Kabul bureau in 2006, Nelson reported from Afghanistan for more than three years, winning a Peabody Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and several other awards for her coverage of the Middle East and Afghanistan. Most recently, Nelson won the 2017 Excellence in International Reporting Award from the International Center for Journalists. Her reports are heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other NPR programming.


During her 20 years as a newspaper reporter, Nelson also worked as Knight Ridder’s Middle East bureau chief, as a reporter on extended assignment for the Los Angeles Times in Iran and Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and as editor on a team at Newsday that won a Pulitzer Prize.


Nelson is one of seven honorees for whom the Sacramento Press Club’s 2018 scholarships are named.  At the luncheon, the SPC will award a total of $34,000 in scholarships to seven college or graduate students who show promise in joining the next generation of journalists.


Join the SPC on May 22 to help us congratulate our 2018 scholarship winners and to welcome Nelson to Sacramento.


About the lunch
Date: Tuesday, May 22
Time: 11:15 a.m. registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (please note this program ends later than our usual 1 p.m. end time because of the scholarship awards)
Where: 1231 I Street, Third Floor

Purchase Deadline:REGISTRATION CLOSED

Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members





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June 7: Post-Primary Breakdown:  What Do the Results Mean for November?

 

The Sacramento Press Club will host a post-primary breakdown with Darry Sragow of Target Book, Paul Mitchell from Political Data Inc., Democratic consultant Katie Merrill and Republican consultant Jennifer Jacobs. Going beyond who won and who lost, our panelists will discuss trends, demographics and what the outcome means for the November general election.

About the lunch
Date: Thursday, June 7
Time: 11:15 a.m. registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Where: 1231 I Street, Third Floor

Purchase Deadline: Tuesday, June 5 - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members




Darry Sragow is a veteran Democratic political strategist and attorney. He served as chief campaign advisor for the Assembly Democratic Caucus, and as campaign manager for five statewide races in California, three for governor and two for the U.S. Senate. Sragow has also managed a number of school and community college bond campaigns. He is currently senior counsel with the international law firm Dentons and teaches undergraduate political science at the University of Southern California. Darry previously directed the USC/Los Angeles Times poll.




Paul Mitchell is the owner of Redistricting Partners, and Vice President of Political Data Inc.—nationally recognized bipartisan industry leaders in their respective fields. He has been involved in campaigns from San Diego to Marin, California to North Carolina, and has worked with statewide organizations on legislative and congressional redistricting. He also works with local agencies on voting rights issues and implementation of the California Voting Rights Act. Through Political Data, he helps campaigns with data to contact registered voters, model voter behavior, target their constituencies and get out the vote. Mitchell also works with academic institutions, the Public Policy Institute of California and other nonprofit groups.




Katie Merrill is a principal at national direct mail and campaign consulting firm Baughman Merrill. She began her career as a field operative for Barbara Boxer’s first U.S. Senate campaign and has become one of the leading female and LGBT campaign managers and consultants in the country. Merrill has advised Democratic campaigns for president, governor, U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and the Legislature. She has also worked on statewide ballot measures and advised corporations, trade associations and nonprofit groups. She is on the National Advisory Council for the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and lectures in the political science department.




Jennifer Jacobs is owner of Sunshine Strategy, a firm specializing in public relations, media and public affairs, crisis communications and event planning. Her clients have included governors, state constitutional officers, legislators, mayors, and city council members. She has also served national, state and local political organizations. Jacobs was a chief of staff in the Legislature, and was a key manager for Republican leadership throughout the state, with a focus on the Central Valley and San Diego. Jacobs also trains corporate and government leaders in media relations and crisis communications.






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