Press Club Southwest Florida Press Freedom Luncheon

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To celebrate World Press Freedom Day, the Press Club of Southwest Florida is hosting a luncheon and panel discussion with two news leaders in Collier and Lee counties and a Tallahassee-based First Amendment champion.

Panelists will discuss the state of press freedom, with a particular focus on the impact of the First Amendment on local journalism.

“This timely program shows how important it is for the Press Club of Southwest Florida to join other communities around the world on World Press Freedom Day to promote a discourse accurate, fair and trustworthy audience,” said Julie Pedretti, president of the Press Club. of Southwest Florida.

“The Press Club exemplifies our mission to support journalists by featuring guest speakers to discuss and advocate for our nation’s First Amendment rights and free speech, hosting educational seminars on working with the press, and funding scholarships for local journalism students.”

Lunch with the expert panel will take place on Thursday, April 28 at Tiburon Golf Club, 2620 Tiburon Dr., Naples, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $40 for press club members, $50 for guests and $10 for students. To RSVP and purchase your ticket on Eventbrite, go to

To register for lunch, click here.

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Meet the panelists:

Pamela Marais is executive director of the First Amendment Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that believes that open and transparent government is essential to the trust and participation of citizens in our democratic society. Marsh co-wrote a March 13 op-ed column on Florida’s sun laws, “How to Kill Local Journalism in Florida,” which appeared in the Naples Daily News, The News-Press, and on news sites USA TODAY Network – Florida.

Wendy Fullerton Powell, Southwest Florida Area Editor and Managing Editor of the Naples Daily News.

Wendy Fullerton Powell is the new Naples Daily News Editor and Southwest Florida Area Editor. The USA TODAY Network – Southwest Florida region includes Lakeland, Fort Myers and Naples. She has spent most of her career with The News-Press, first as a reporter and then as an editor. Since Gannett purchased the Naples Daily News, she has led both newsrooms, engaging with readers daily and working closely with reporters and editors to focus on stories that matter to the community.

Tom Doerr is News Director for WINK News, Noticas WINK and

The panel will be completed Tom Doer, director of information for WINK News, Noticas WINK and He is responsible for overseeing over 70 hours of local news programming per week in English and Spanish on WINK-TV, WXCW-TV and Univision SWFL, as well as digital content on and WINK’s social media. Since joining in 2016, Doerr has doubled the investigative reporting unit and added specialist reporters for environmental, security and medical issues, as well as a reporter dedicated to reporting misinformation cases.

Moderating the panel is Laura GreaniasInvestigations Editor for the USA TODAY Network – Florida and member of the Press Club Board of Directors.

What is World Press Freedom Day?

World Press Freedom Day is a global celebration of press freedom that has been observed annually since its inception in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly. This year’s WPFD World Conference, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is co-hosted by UNESCO and Uruguay and will be held on May 3 in Punta del Este, Uruguay. At the same time, more than 200 communities around the world will also celebrate World Press Freedom Day.

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