In this week’s segment of Capitol Report on News9 (the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City), Patrick B. McGuigan told reporter Alex Cameron that the legendary and sometimes controversial Carl Bernstein would be keynote speaker at the Society or Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards dinner on Saturday, April 30, at the Reed Center in Midwest City.
The Oklahoma chapter of SPJ will honor Muskogee Media (communications department for the Muskogee [Creek] Nation) with the annual First Amendment Award. Janet Pearson of the Tulsa World will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, while teacher of the year is Bartlesville High School journalism instructor Darla Tresnor.
alex and pat with captionWrapping up, the CapitolBeatOK editor said the retirement of state Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City – marks the departure of one of the best state legislators at the Capitol.
McGuigan said, “I am disappointed in the job Republicans have done since they took control of state government in 2010, but I am not disappointed in Jason Nelson.” He called him a good father and husband, and an exemplary public servant.