• New Members of the SPC Board of Directors

    The Sacramento Press Club is managed and operated by an Executive Director and volunteers, including a 15-member Board of Directors. We are very pleased to introduce the two newest members of our Board – Melanie Mason and Nicole Moore. Moore will also serve as the SPC Treasurer.

    Melanie Mason covers California government and politics for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to the Sacramento bureau in 2013, she worked for the Times in Washington D.C., where she covered money and politics in the 2012 presidential election. She’s done stints at a number of D.C.-based outlets, including the Washington bureau of the Dallas Morning News, Politico, PBS NewsHour and The New Republic. A Los Angeles native, Melanie graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and got a master’s in journalism degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. As a j-school graduate, she knows the importance of supporting journalism education, and it’s an honor to work with Sacramento Press Club to continue its long tradition of providing scholarships to up-and-coming reporters.

    Nicole Moore is an attorney who represents employers and health care plans in Sacramento. She also works as a freelance journalist, and provides reporters pro bono help in obtaining public records. Nicole supports the SPC in order to encourage and facilitate budding professionals pursue their passion for journalism.

  • Post Election Breakdown with Mark and Mark 1

    On November 12 we welcomed back the dynamic polling duo “Mark and Mark.” Mark Baldassare of the Public Policy Institute of California and Mark DiCamillo of the Field Poll broke down the November election results for the Sacramento Press Club. Among the questions they addressed: What happened to the Democrats vaunted turnout effort? Why were Republicans able to emerge from their superminority status in the state Legislature? Which voting blocs made the difference in the statewide races and legislative seats and what were voters thinking on the slate of ballot initiatives? Many thanks to both of California’s top pollsters for the lively discussion and analysis. If you missed it, catch a replay of the Mark and Mark luncheon on Cal Channel.

  • Strong Mayor Debate

    Voters in the city of Sacramento are weighing a November initiative to create a so-called “strong mayor” form of government. Measure L, the initiative backed by current Mayor Kevin Johnson and his wife, school reformer Michelle Rhee, has divided the labor community and has pitted members of the city council against each other. Council member Steve Hansen is leading the opposition campaign against Measure L. The initiative would restructure the city’s government from a system that gives the city council authority to hire a chief executive to serve as city manager to one in which the elected mayor is the chief executive. Supporters say it would give the mayor more authority to lay out a vision for Sacramento; opponents say it would give the mayor undue power over the elected council. The Sacramento Press Club thanks Michelle Rhee and Steve Hansen for the spirited Measure L debate at our October luncheon.

  • Non-Members- Marshall Tuck- Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction- September 25th

    Marshall Tuck, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidate, is our guest speaker for the September 25th luncheon.

    This year's race for superintendent of public instruction is drawing more attention than the race has seen in years. Marshall Tuck, a Democrat and former head of the Green Dot charter school system, is challenging Democratic incumbent Tom Torlakson, who has the backing of the state's powerful teachers unions. The nonpartisan race has attracted outsize spending and attention, particularly after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that California's teacher tenure laws are "a broken system."

    School reformers have unified around the so-called Vergara decision, but the state's top elected Democrats oppose it. Torlakson supported Attorney General Kamala Harris' decision to appeal, while Tuck and other reformers hope to force a conversation on inequality in California’s schools, even in the wake of voter-approved tax increases for education. 

    After winning endorsements from every major newspaper, Tuck forced a November showdown following the June primary election. In addition to his role at the unionized Green Dot schools, Tuck most recently served as founding CEO for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's effort with the Los Angeles Unified School District to turn around 17 struggling schools.

    Before devoting his career to education, Tuck was an executive at Model N, a successful enterprise software company based in the Bay Area. Before that, he worked in finance, and spent a year teaching and doing service work internationally, primarily in Zimbabwe and Thailand.

    Please join the Sacramento Press Club on Sept. 25 for a conversation about the future of California's schools with candidate Marshall Tuck. 

     

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  • Marshall Tuck- Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

    This year’s race for superintendent of public instruction is drawing more attention than the race has seen in years. Marshall Tuck, a Democrat and former head of the Green Dot charter school system, is challenging Democratic incumbent Tom Torlakson, who has the backing of the state’s powerful teachers unions. The nonpartisan race has attracted outsize spending and attention, particularly after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that California’s teacher tenure laws are “a broken system.”

    School reformers have unified around the so-called Vergara decision, but the state’s top elected Democrats oppose it. Torlakson supported Attorney General Kamala Harris’ decision to appeal, while Tuck and other reformers hope to force a conversation on inequality in California’s schools, even in the wake of voter-approved tax increases for education.

    After winning endorsements from every major newspaper, Tuck forced a November showdown following the June primary election. In addition to his role at the unionized Green Dot schools, Tuck most recently served as founding CEO for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s effort with the Los Angeles Unified School District to turn around 17 struggling schools.

    Before devoting his career to education, Tuck was an executive at Model N, a successful enterprise software company based in the Bay Area. Before that, he worked in finance, and spent a year teaching and doing service work internationally, primarily in Zimbabwe and Thailand.

    Marshall Tuck joined the Sacramento Press Club on Sept. 25 for a conversation about the future of California’s schools.

  • Ashley Swearengin – State Controller Candidate

    We all had to wait until July 18th to know who would be the second place finisher in the State Controller’s race, but we’ve known since the primary June 3rd who finished in the top spot. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a Republican, came through with 24.8 percent of the statewide vote. Swearengin will face Democrat Betty Yee, a member of the State Board of Equalization, in the November general election for the office of Controller, where she would serve as the state’s chief fiscal officer. On Tuesday, August 26th we welcomed Swearengin to the Sacramento Press Club. Thank you to photographer Jeremy Sykes for the photos (not including the phone pics).

    As the Sacramento Bee noted in its endorsement of Swearengin, she has made many unpopular budget cuts during her tenure as mayor, but Fresno has avoided bankruptcy and appears to be on the mend from the great recession. She’s butted heads with public employee unions, but has also crossed some party lines and supports the high speed rail project.

    Swearengin earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from California State University, Fresno. Before becoming mayor, she held several positions to promote business and economic development in the Fresno area, including the first director of the non-profit Central Valley Business Incubator, co-founder of the Regional Jobs Initiative, and Chairman of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.

  • Warren Smith – President of Sacramento Republic FC

    In the future envisioned by Warren Smith, soccer – or futbol, if you prefer – will be a major part of the Sacramento sports scene. The Sacramento Republic FC made its home debut on April 26, 2014 at Hughes Stadium before a sellout crowd of 20,231. That nearly doubled the previous USL Pro regular season attendance record of 10,697. Warren Smith, President of Sacramento Republic Football Club, is laying the foundation to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Sacramento. Smith, who also served as the Executive Vice President of the Sacramento River Cats Triple-A baseball club and led the grassroots efforts to build Raley Field, joined us on Friday, August 22nd at the Capitol Plaza Ballroom, 1025 9th Street, 3rd Floor, to talk about his successful sports ventures and the challenges ahead.

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  • Volunteers Needed

    The Sacramento Press Club is run almost entirely by volunteers. There are multiple opportunities for you to volunteer to help. If you’d like to help with our monthly luncheons, annual fundraisers, evening events, scholarship outreach or a variety of other organizational chores, please send an email to sacpressclub@gmail.com

     

    The Sacramento Press Club  is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping the next generation of journalists through scholarships to journalism students in California. Founded in 1961, the SPC has been awarding annual scholarships since 1974. The SPC awards the scholarships in the belief that journalism students can be better prepared to practice the profession if they’re able to focus on their studies while attending college.In addition, the Sacramento Press Club is committed to informing and educating its members and the public through monthly luncheons featuring newsmakers from throughout the nation.

  • 2014 Journalism Scholarship Winners

    Congratulations to Andrew Erickson, Jennifer Parsons, Paayal Zaveri, Kaitlin Bane, Gregory Allen, Lynne Shallcross & Quinn Western the 2014 Journalism Scholarship recipients.

     

    The $4,000 Jerry Gillam scholarship was awarded to Andrew Erickson. A junior at UCLA, Andrew is an aspiring sports writer, he is the Daily Bruin’s lead writer for football and basketball coverage and already is a frequent contributor to Los Angeles Magazine. This summer, Andrew was offered three newspaper internships – he chose the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    The $4,000 Nereida Skelton scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Parsons. Jennifer is a senior at Sac State, where she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average. Her goal is a career in broadcast journalism – and she is already on her way. When she applied for an internship at Fox40 News, they turned her down – because they wanted to hire her as a production assistant instead!

    The $4,000 KW Lee scholarship was awarded to Paayal Zaveri. A senior at UC Davis, Paayal has worked for the California Aggie and free-lanced for the Pleasanton Patch. She also interned last summer for CalWatchdog, covering the Assembly and Senate health committees. In his recommendation letter, Sacramento Bee writer Steve Magagnini wrote that she is “brimming with intelligence, compassion and dedication, combined with strong story-telling skills.”

    The $4,000 Kathleen Beasley scholarship was awarded to Kaitlin Bane. Kaitlin will soon be a graduate of Sac State and in the fall plans to attend the University of Illinois-Champagne/Urbana for a Broadcast/Digital Journalism master’s degree. While at Sac State, she has been busy interning at California Public Radio, the Sacramento County communications department and KCRA – but has not been too busy to maintain a 3.95 GPA. She has her sights set on a television career, coupled with teaching part-time at a university so she can help develop the next generation of journalists.

    The $4,000 Dan Walters scholarship was awarded to Gregory Allen. Gregory will be graduating from Sacramento State at the end of this year. While his ultimate goal is to be a news reporter for a Sacramento television station, he is also interested in print journalism – which is a good thing because Professor Molly Dugan noted in her recommendation letter for him that he has a natural gift for writing. She wrote that his writing “possesses detail, clarity and flair, a rarity among students” at his level.

    The $6,000 Jean Stephens scholarship was awarded to Lynne Shallcross. Lynne has a different back story compared to our other winners. A 2004 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked for eight years for a number of magazines before determining that she needed to retool her skills as the journalism industry moved increasingly to digital formats. That required her to quit her job, uproot her family and move across the United States to attend the UC Berkeley graduate program. Since then, she has covered stories in the Capitol and in the Bay Area using print, radio and TV skills. As she wrote in her application, “Almost one year into my program at Berkeley, I’m confident I’m making an investment in my future as a journalist.”

    The $8,000 Earl Squire Behrens scholarship was awarded to Quinn Western. Quinn was the unanimous choice of our judges for this top award. A Chico State junior, she gave up a golf scholarship to dedicate herself full-time to her journalism aspirations. She has already won statewide awards at the Orion for news writing, completed an internship last summer at the Fresno, and secured an internship this summer at the Sacramento Bee. All of us see a bright future for Quinn and we are delighted to help her on her way with this scholarship.

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