Kai Ryssdal to be master of ceremonies at SABEW gala celebration April 6 in D.C.

Posted By Spring Eselgroth

Special to SABEW

 PHOENIX –The popular host of public radio’s Marketplace will be the master of ceremonies at a 50th anniversary celebration of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Saturday, April 6, in Washington, D.C.

Kai Ryssdal, the host and senior editor of Marketplace since 2005, will host the celebration gala at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel at the capstone event of SABEW’s three-day program.

A special speaker for the program will be announced soon, said Warren Watson, SABEW executive director.

The program will feature special awards, a history segment and a benefit silent and live auction, plus other events.

The inclusion of the witty Ryssdal as host “will make it a peppy and fun program,” said Watson, “befitting our important anniversary.”

Ryssdal joined American Public Media in 2001 as the host of Marketplace Morning Report.

He began in public radio as a intern, then reporter and finally substitute host for The California Report at KQED-FM in San Francisco. After graduating from Emory University, Ryssdal spent eight years in the U.S. Navy flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt (a three-year stint) and as a Pentagon staff officer. Ryssdal also was a member of the United States Foreign Service in Ottawa and Beijing before his work in radio.

In October 2012, Ryssdal was part of a team including PBS’s Frontline that investigated the political role of so-called Super PACs.  Ryssdal lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.

SABEW’s spring conference, with keynote and skills sessions, will be held at the Marvin Center at George Washington University, opening on Thursday, April 4, at noon.  Another highlight will be SABEW’s Best in Business Awards program, to be held at the Marvin Center Saturday, April 5.

Register for the conference here.

More speakers and panelists will be announced soon, along with subjects for an extensive schedule of skills training.
Teaching sessions and social events will be held at GWU’s Marvin Center, in the Foggy Bottom area of the District of Columbia.

Other highlights of SABEW’s 50th weekend:

On Thursday, April 4, the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will conduct a morning-long program on collecting and managing data. The conference will open that afternoon with sessions and an opening reception.

Friday and Saturday will be packed with skills sessions, keynote speakers and panel discussions on key issues in business journalism.

Friday evening will feature the Best in Business competition awards in the Marvin Grand Ballroom.

On Saturday night, SABEW will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an inaugural gala program at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.  The evening will include special programs related to SABEW’s storied history and tradition.

Local site coordinator Kevin Hall of McClatchy Newspapers, who will become SABEW president in 2013, and current SABEW President Jill Jorden Spitz are in charge of the program. Assisting is Diana Henriques of The New York Times, as well as past presidents Bernie Kohn, Gail DeGeorge and Jodi Schneider – all now at Bloomberg – as well as Bloomberg’s New York-based Joanna Ossinger.

Click here to register for the 50th annual SABEW conference.

(For more information about SABEW, please contact Warren Watson, executive director, at watson@sabew.org, or call (602) 496-5186.)

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