Local press clubs to host National Press Club president Jeff Ballou

Save the date for noon, Sept. 23, 2017, when National Press Club President Jeff Ballou, a native of Pittsburgh, visits the Engineer’s Society, 337 Fourth Ave., Downtown Pittsburgh.

Ballou was installed in January as the 110th president of the National Press Club, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., with more than 3,500 members.


He is a news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network, where he helped launch the English language channel in 2006. Ballou also helped to establish the channel’s U.S. State Department and Congressional beats and is part of a global editorial leadership team.
Previously he worked at WTTG-TV/FOX 5 DC as a planning editor, at CONUS as a producer, and at C-SPAN, WAMU and National Public Radio.

Ballou graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and African-American studies from Penn State University. He taught at Howard University while earning a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University. He resides in Washington, D.C.

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, and Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh are hosting this event.

Tickets: $25 for members of The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and $30 for nonmembers. Use the Paypal button below.



Memorial golf outing on tap

Looking for a golf outing this summer? Registration forms for the 2017 Bob Fryer Memorial Golf Outing Aug. 19 are now available. It’s a great time for a great cause at River Forest Country Club in Freeport. Please consider a round of golf or if you don’t golf, the planning committee could use volunteers. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for a college student studying journalism, awarded through the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. Let’s support the Fourth Estate.