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Society to Honor Pulitzer Prize Winner Friday at National Convention


Contacts: Sarah A. Shrode, SPJ communications director, 614/233-7588

ADAM’S MARK HOTEL, COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Society of Professional Journalists will honor Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mike Peters on Friday at the Legal Defense Fund Luncheon and Roast.

The luncheon, scheduled for noon-1:30 p.m., is part of the 2000 SPJ National Convention at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, 50 N. Third St. The annual event is an opportunity for the Society to salute journalists who are distinguished among their peers.

“We’re proud to have Mike Peters as our Legal Defense Fund roastee,” said Ray Marcano, SPJ president-elect and regional editor at the Dayton Daily News. “His editorial cartoons have championed the causes of freedom of information and other issues important to SPJ. His sharp wit and sense of humor make him perfect for our roast.”

Peters, an editorial cartoonist for the Dayton Daily News, won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1981. Peters also is the creator of the comic strip “Mother Goose and Grimm.”

“Whether he’s making us laugh or smacking us with his poignant insight into any number of serious issues, Mike Peters is one of journalism’s treasures,” said Christine Tatum, chairwoman of the Legal Defense Fund. “We are delighted to honor him.”

The luncheon and roast help support the Society’s Legal Defense Fund. Through the fund, the Society offers financial assistance to journalists to help ensure freedom of the press. Journalists can apply for LDF grants by contacting Tatum at 312/658-3874 or ctatum@tribune.com.

Media passes can be obtained at the SPJ registration desk or at the SPJ staff office at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, from Oct. 25-28. Media contact: Sarah A. Shrode, SPJ communications director.

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