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The 2017 Bowtie Ball Honoring Judy Woodruff

November 4, 2017
Saturday, Nov. 4 | Reception 6:00 p.m. | Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Hilton Carillon, St. Petersburg, FL
$150 per person. Sponsorship and Tables are Available.

Judy Woodruff, a pioneering broadcast journalist who has spent more than three decades at NBC, CNN and PBS, will be honored at Poynter’s annual Bowtie Ball. She will receive the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism for her award-winning work and her contributions to the craft.

This special event will also feature Poynter’s Distinguished Service to Journalism Award recipient Paul Steiger, founder of ProPublica and former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2017 Bowtie Ball are Greg and Liz Sembler

Cocktail attire. Bowties encouraged.

Where: Hilton Carillon, St. Petersburg, Florida
When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 - 6 pm Reception - 7 pm Dinner
Cost: $150 for the Reception and Dinner

Sponsorship and table opportunities are available for this event. Please contact Elisa Jackson, executive director of the Poynter Foundation, at (727) 553-4676 to discuss options. Elisa can also be reached via email at ejackson@poynter.org.

As always, we thank you for your support of Poynter. Each time you attend a Poynter-hosted event, you are contributing to the advancement of journalism in support of 21st century democracies on a local, national and global scale.


Behind the Bowtie

For 40 years, Nelson Poynter produced newspapers in St. Petersburg that reflected his belief that excellent journalism, published independently, could help a community prosper and a democracy flourish. He envisioned that beyond his death, the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) would continue serving the community and democracy. Through his careful planning, he founded the Modern Media Institute in 1975 and willed that upon his passing his new school would own controlling stock of the St. Petersburg Times Company. When he died in 1978, the school was renamed The Poynter Institute.

From the beginning, this unique ownership model flourished. Not only did it protect his publications from the insatiable demands of the Wall Street-owned chains, it also fulfilled Nelson Poynter’s dream of a school that would help working journalists improve their skills to the benefit of their communities. Today, Poynter is a global leader in journalism and the paper is the largest in Florida and one of America’s best.

Nelson Poynter proudly wore the bowtie each day. The Bowtie Ball is a celebration that honors Mr. Poynter’s legacy and the impact of journalism in supporting democracy.


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