• Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom luncheon & Presidential Debate Watch Party- Non-Members

    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Luncheon

    Before he zeroes in on his run for governor in 2018, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is busy with two measures on the November 2016 ballot to legalize recreational use of marijuana and tighten the state’s gun laws for background checks and large-capacity ammunition magazines. Never one to shy away from controversy, he threw himself into the fight for marriage equality as mayor of San Francisco in 2004 by allowing more than 4,000 same-sex couples to marry in the city before the courts intervened. He also started a universal health care program in the city, set stringent environmental building standards and banned plastic bags and Styrofoam containers. The former television show host and business owner is also author of the book Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.

    As lieutenant governor, Newsom serves as a University of California Regent, a Trustee for the California State University System, and a member of the State Lands Commission. Please join the Sacramento Press Club at our October 19 luncheon for a conversation with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

    Presidential Debate Watch Party

    Join the Sacramento Press Club and others for the final Presidential Debate on Wednesday, October 19, as candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off once more to convince voters before casting their ballot in the November election. Our Presidential Debate Watch party will bring together journalists, politicos and consultants in a neutral setting for cocktails, commentary and comradery. We will host this party from 5:00pm – 9:00pm in the upstairs event space at BarWest and will serve complimentary appetizers. The many television screens surrounding the room will ensure great viewing access and convenience. Tickets funds generated will support the Sacramento Press Club’s annual journalism scholarship program. 

    Purchase tickets to both events and receive a discounted rate.

    October 19th, 2016 11:30 AM   through   1:00 PM
    1025 9th Street, 3rd Floor
    Capitol Plaza Ballroom
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    United States
    Non-Members Lunch Only $ 40.00
    Lunch & Pres. Debate Watch Party $ 50.00
    Pres. Debate Watch Party only $ 20.00

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  • Vivek Ranadivé, Sacramento Kings owner & chairman

    Vivek Ranadivé is a technology entrepreneur who pioneered the use of real-time messaging software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. His software helped digitize Wall Street and became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time” – his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place. He was inspired to leave his native India at 16 for Cambridge, Mass., where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and later an MBA at Harvard.

    But you may know him better as the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. His love of basketball began when he coached his daughter’s middle school team, a success that was the inspiration for Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.” In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings, securing their future in California’s capital city. Under Ranadivé’s leadership, the Kings are investing $1 billion in the downtown area and aiming to build “next great American city.”

    The Sacramento Press Club welcomed Ranadivé just days before the official opening of the new Golden 1 Center, which was billed as the world’s smartest arena, powered 100 percent by solar energy and hopefully the key to a winning future on the court, too.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Thursday, September 29th
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302
    RSVP deadline: Online registration has closed, but you can purchase entrance at the door.
    Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

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  • End-of-Session Happy Hour

    When: Thursday September 1, 6-8 p.m.
    Where: Barwest, 2724 J Street
    No-host bar, hosted appetizers

  • Tamara Keith- NPR White House Correspondent

    **Please note: This luncheon will be held at 1231 I Street**
    Tamara Keith joined the Sacramento Press Club as our luncheon speaker on Monday, August 29th. Tamara is a NPR White House Correspondent when she’s not on the campaign trail covering Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. A native Californian, she is also a former Sacramento Press Club member who covered the statehouse for NPR member stations KPCC and KQED.

    Before moving to White House coverage focused on the economy and the federal budget, Keith covered Congress, and the candidates Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney during the Republican primaries of 2012.

    Keith joined NPR as a business reporter in 2009, covered the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and conceived and reported the 2011 NPR series The Road Back To Work, a year-long series featuring the audio diaries of six people in St. Louis who began the year unemployed and searching for work.

    Keith got her start in news by writing and voicing essays for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday as a teenager. While in college, she launched her career at KQED’s California Report, covering topics including agriculture and the environment. She opened the state capital bureau for KPCC/Southern California Public Radio, and in 2006 returned to KQED, serving as the Sacramento-region reporter for two years.

    Keith has received an award for best news writing from the APTRA California/Nevada and a first place trophy from the Society of Environmental Journalists for “Outstanding Story Radio.” Keith was a 2010-2011 National Press Foundation Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow.

    Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree at the UCB Graduate School of Journalism. She is also a member of the Bad News Babes, a media softball team that once a year competes against female members of Congress in the Congressional Women’s Softball game.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Monday, August 29th
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, 1231 I Street, Third Floor
    RSVP deadline has passed.
    Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

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  • Stay Tuned

    Information about the next SPC luncheon will be coming soon.

  • She Shares conversation with George & Karen Skelton

    She Shares held a special Father’s Day conversation with Los Angeles Times political columnist George Skelton and his daughter, political strategist Karen Skelton, on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016. George spoke about his career covering politics for more than 50 years while Karen shared her experience as a leading strategist for more than three decades. Discount tickets ($10 off) were available for SPC members.
    More information is also available at http://www.sheshares.net/

    Thursday, June 23, 2016, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Citizen Hotel – 926 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
    $55 for non-members.

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  • Michael Picker, President of the California Public Utilities Commission

    **Please note: This luncheon will be held at 1231 I Street**
    Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, joined the Sacramento Press Club as speaker on Monday, June 20.
    Picker is serving the PUC at a time when the commission is under fire for a series of disasters, including the San Bruno gas line explosion, closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant due to leaks, and most recently the four-month gas well leak at Porter Ranch that forced thousands of residents to relocate. The commission is facing criticism and investigations into its close relations with the companies it regulates. Lawmakers are debating a range of measures that would change the rules for the appointed commission, from a bill to eliminate closed-door talks between commissioners and those it regulates to a constitutional amendment to reboot the commission from top to bottom.

    Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed Picker to the PUC in January 2014, and elevated him to president in December 2014. He previously served as senior advisor for renewable energy in the Brown administration from 2009 to 2014, was a principal at Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications from 2000 to 2009, and served as deputy treasurer in the Office of the California State Treasurer from 1998 to 1999.

    Picker is a former lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and instructor at Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policies Institute. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, specializing in marketing, social marketing, and nonprofit management.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Monday, June 20
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council of California, 1231 I Street, Third Floor
    The online RSVP deadline has closed. Luncheon entry can be purchased at the door.
    Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

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  • 2016 Journalism Scholarship Winners

    Congratulations to Jessica Hice, Taylor Buck, Brittany Murphy, Leah Horner, Jonathan Ayestas, Celina Oseguera and Gabriel Sandoval, the 2016 Journalism Scholarship recipients.

    The $4,000 Jerry Gillam scholarship was awarded to Jessica Hice, a previous SPC scholarship winner. Jessica will be a senior at Sacramento State in the fall. The judges were impressed with the progress she has made in the past year, including attending the University of California’s political reporting boot camp and winning an internship this spring at the Sacramento Bee. In addition, she has taken advantage of the Press Club-affiliated Millennials in Media mentoring program. In the fall, she will not only continue to work on the campus paper, the Hornet, but will also be president of the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

    The $4,000 Nereida Skelton scholarship, the winner was Taylor Buck. The Skelton scholarship is earmarked for promising students who come up through community college and are at the beginning of their journalism studies. Taylor is a Sac City College student who will be attending Sacramento State in the fall to pursue a political science degree with the aspiration of becoming a political reporter. She has already interned on political campaigns, completed classes in reporting and written pieces for the campus newspaper.

    The $4,000 Bob Schmidt scholarship winner was Brittany Murphy, who is a graduate student at UC Berkeley. Her medium is photography rather than print or broadcast. She had already established herself as a five-year veteran of commercial photography when she decided to go back to school because of her passion for daily journalism. In the first year of her Berkeley program, she completed an internship as a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle and is now beginning one at KQED that will help her with her videography skills, critical for today’s multimedia news platforms. Eventually, she aspires to work for AP, Reuters, or the Sacramento Bee.

    The $4,000 Dan Walters scholarship was awarded to Leah Horner, a previous SPC scholarship winner. Leah has completed an internship at an east coast TV station, attended a journalism study abroad program in England, and participated in a National Press Photographers Association conference to learn about story-telling techniques. The judges felt that the story clips she submitted as part of her application are not only of high professional quality but also demonstrate that she already has a keen eye for finding stories to tell. A native of Sacramento, Leah will be finishing her bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next year, and we expect to see her launch her career in broadcast news soon after.

    The recipient of the $4,000 Doug Willis scholarship was Jonathan Ayestas, who will be a senior at Sacramento State. Already working at his second internship for Capital Public Radio, Jonathan is part of the digital news team. He serves a similar role at Sac State’s Hornet, where he is Digital Managing Editor. As he wrote in his application, “I curate the social media and instruct writers and editors how to think outside a print-centered mindset. It is important to increase engagement on social media platforms because it helps drive traffic back to our website.” Jonathan told the judges he sees a huge potential for growth in digital media – and the judges saw a lot of potential in Jonathan and his forward-looking approach to journalism.

    The $6,000 Jean Stephens scholarship, the winner was Celina Oseguera, a native of Linden in San Joaquin County who will soon be a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Celina grabbed the judges’ attention with her creative graphics that put data in context and made complex stories easier for readers to understand. Her passion for journalism and the positive role reporters can play was also evident in her application letter. She wrote, “We don’t write for fame. We don’t write for glory. We don’t write to flaunt our bylines. We write as a voice to the voiceless, a fighter for the oppressed and as a bull dog for those who want answers but live in a world with entities that refuse to give them.” With her eye for graphic design and embrace of data mining, the judges believe Celina has a solid skill set to help her become the journalist she aspires to be.

    The $8,000 Earl Squire Behrens scholarship was awarded to Gabriel Sandoval, who will be a senior at Chico State this fall. Last year, Gabriel was one of five students selected nationwide to participate in ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program, and he will soon begin a two-and-a-half month internship at the Chronicle of Higher Education. Currently, he writes for the campus newspaper, the Orion, as well as freelances for the Chico Enterprise-Record. Gabriel said his goal is to “muckrake.” He wrote in his application letter, “Too often I hear about officials abusing their power, wielding influence for their own sake, not the public’s. As a journalist, I feel obligated to hold those people accountable. Shining light on communities plagued by darkness and creating positive change in them is what I do now, will do in the future and will do for a living for many years to come.”

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