Press Club of Southwest Florida “World Press Freedom Day” event

1. Tom Greanias, Laura Greanias and Mark Young

1. Tom Greanias, Laura Greanias and Mark Young

The Press Club of Southwest Florida held a luncheon event featuring a panel of experts that discussed the importance of a free press in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day, a global celebration of press freedom that has been observed annually since its inception by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. The event, held at Tiburon Golf Club, included panelists Pamela Marsh, executive director of the First Amendment Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit that believes government openness and transparency are critical to citizen trust and participation in our democratic society; Wendy Fullerton Powell, the newly appointed executive editor of the Naples Daily News and Southwest Florida Region editor/The News-Press/Naples Daily News; and Tom Doerr, news director for WINK News, Noticas WINK, and winknews.com.

2. Julie Pedretti, Bob Orr, Frank Cipolla and Jill Jaffe

2. Julie Pedretti, Bob Orr, Frank Cipolla and Jill Jaffe

3. 44 members and guests at Tiburon Golf Club

3. 44 members and guests at Tiburon Golf Club

4. Rachel Heimann Mercader and Karla Wheeler

4. Rachel Heimann Mercader and Karla Wheeler

5. Susan Bennett, Joel Kessler and Andy Barth

5. Susan Bennett, Joel Kessler and Andy Barth

6. Julie Pedretti, Pamela Marsh, Wendy Fullerton Powell and Tom Doerr

6. Julie Pedretti, Pamela Marsh, Wendy Fullerton Powell and Tom Doerr

7. Laura Greanias

7. Laura Greanias

Jill Jaffe and Pamela Marsh

Jill Jaffe and Pamela Marsh

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