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New Members, New Events and New Progress


Wow.  What another inspiring night at our recent Excellence in Journalism – North Texas Legends Awards on June 9th at the Sixth Floor Museum. Congratulations to the 13 inductees. You can read more about the event and the esteemed journalists in this newsletter.

We also made a special announcement that evening - it’s been more than a decade since the Press Club has had a juried awards competition. Yes, it’s been too long.

The actions of one rogue person does not define our club. We define our club, and we are going to give it new definition and new purpose. We have new momentum. We have new energy, and now we are announcing a new, exclusive awards program.
We all know what the Edward R. Murrow award stands for. The award has the weight of one of the most respected and revered journalists behind it. It stands for greatness.
The Press Club's Award Program will be focused on excellence in investigative journalism and be awarded to one reporter based on their submissions of a body of work. The Board of Directors will work over the next few months to define the awards program, announce it, and seek nominations. And in future years, we very likely will expand the number of categories, which currently includes print, broadcast, radio and online media.
But we begin with this first step, and we are very fortunate to have someone among us whose name and work represents greatness. This new award will be called the "Hugh Aynesworth Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism".
Goodbye Katie – Hello Hughey! As we hope it will be affectionately nicknamed.
Hugh Aynesworth has been a journalist for more than 65 years, and a member of the Press Club of Dallas since 1960. He has worked at both The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Times Herald — as well as at Newsweek, The Washington Times, UPI, The Arkansas Gazette and ABC News’ (20/20).

He is the author of two books on the JFK assassination, co-author of 2 books on Ted Bundy as well as another 4 books on various crime scenarios.

While Hugh has done far more than covering the Kennedy assassination, he is of course best-known for that. As Bob Schieffer said, “No one knows more about the assassination than Hugh Aynesworth. While others have peddled lies, spun conspiracy theories and offered outlandish speculation, Hugh has always stuck to the facts. Just the facts.

He is the only journalist eyewitness to the three seminal events… the assassination, the arrest of Oswald, and the shooting of Oswald. He also uncovered the escape route, broke the story about Oswald’s threatening letter to the FBI 10 days before the assassination and somehow slipped Oswald’s Russian Diaries to Life Magazine.

Hugh also is a 4 time Pulitzer Finalist and a winner of more than 90 local, state and national awards (including an Emmy last year for a documentary featuring 27 persons connected with the JFK assassination).

He is a former president of the club and former president of the Texas chapter of Sigma Delta Chi. He and Paula Aynesworth, of KERA, have been married 29 years this month.

Hugh received the first award which bears his name. Like I said, he represents greatness. This award will be momentous and be meaningful to its future recipients. You’ll be hearing more about the competition in the coming months.

Thanks for your membership,

Frank Librio
President 2015-2016
Frank Librio, President, Press Club of Dallas

Visit our Facebook album for more event photos
2016 Honorees
Front row: Bob Phillips, Sandra Brown, Jo Ann Holt Caussey, Sylvia Komatsu, Norma Adams-Wade, David Finfrock, Mike Rhyner
Back row: David Webb, Fil Alvarado, John McCaa, Hugh Aynesworth, Steve Blow
Frank Librio presents Hugh Aynesworth with the "Hughey", the inaugural Hugh Aynesworth Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism.
Press Club of Dallas Honors Journalists, Announces New Award: Great tribute to N. Texas journalists in The Dallas Morning News. Thank you Deb Fleck, Dallas Morning News staff reporter for the coverage and your personal contribution as a Dallas Press Club Board Member.
Press Club of Dallas Honors New Group of North Texas Legends at Packed Event Thursday Night  (plus the rest of the story, in an epilogue, of how one station failed its distinguished honoree): A huge thanks to PCD board member Ed Bark for the full story of Thursday's landmark, the Press Club's "Legends" event.


Board Moves HQ to The Dallas Entrepreneur Center

Our Board is joining The Dallas Entrepreneur Center for a unique partnership beginning in the Fall of 2016. Serving as the new venue for our BOD Meetings, the DEC will also provide countless opportunities to collaborate and host events with their mentors, members, and thought leaders. In addition, we will be named a sponsor of the monthly program Startup Grind, a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs.

A Letter from Bob Schieffer

Dear Frank,
Wanted you to know that the hats and boots arrived and they both fit perfectly! Best gifts I have ever received. The perfect mementos to the best dinner anyone ever gave for me - truly, a night I'll never forget. I can't thank you enough and all for a terrific cause. It couldn't have happened without a huge effor by many people. I appreciate it so much.

Join us for 2016!
 162 MEMBERS: 

2 Corporate
14 Emeritus/Living Legends
59 Media/News
46 PR
12 Retired
29 Students
A Big Welcome to Our Newest Club Members:
Tristin Hallman – The Dallas Morning News
Cory Smith – NBC 5

Francisco Chairez – Dallas Summer Musicals PR

Paulette Hopkins – Dallas Summer Musicals PR  

Armir Makhani – Jago Times / Asian Newspaper

JoAnne Monroe – Now Magazine

Melinda Merouage – Mercedes Benz Media Relations

Michelle Buckalew – Money Gram International Corporate Communications
Your Board of Directors

Looking for a different profession? Need to fill a position?

Visit DFW Communicators, a collaborative project connecting top communication professionals with new career opportunities!

Be sure to check the Press Club of Dallas as your source.

"Meet the Board Candidates Night"
- Stoneleigh Hotel
July 7
"Press Club Annual Meeting"
 August 8

"Cowboys Panel" with Brad Sham, Babe Laufenberg, Kristi Scales and moderator Mike Doocy
September 7

"Digitizing the Archive"
- Dallas Historical Society
December 2016
Events Calendar
PCD has established events throughout the year to excite, educate, and energize the media and PR communities of North Texas.

Refer to the events calendar, which includes where to be and what to expect at each function.

Cary Broussard, PCD Board of Directors and PR/Publicity Committee
Cary owns Broussard Global Communications, a cause-related public relations and marketing company, based in Dallas. She is a New York University adjunct professor in the Tisch School of Hospitality and Tourism, teaching courses on event marketing, tourism and sales. Cary’s book, From Cinderella to CEO, is published in ten languages, and she speaks frequently about the workplace as well as women’s marketing.

Cary is co-founder of the Dallas chapter of Conscious Capitalism and chairs the Board of Directors. Also serving as Board Secretary of the Press Club of Dallas, she has co-chaired the Excellence in Journalism Awards - North Texas Legends Awards for the last two years with Hugh Aynesworth.

The Press Club of Dallas is a dynamic organization of journalists, and professional communicators, in North Texas  committed to promoting the discipline of journalism, communication, literacy, current affairs and First Amendment freedoms. We value the development, and protection of journalism.
The Press Club is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your tax-deductible support is essential to our mission,  daily operations and our ability to continue the work of journalism and communication.
For more information on how to donate to the Club, please contact
president Frank Librio at 214-642-6635.
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