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Tickets and tables are now on sale for the 2023 Hall of Fame

and Chuck Heaton Award luncheon.

This anual event will take place this year on

Tuesday, November 28 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at

Cibreo Privato, 1501 E. 14th St., Cleveland, OH 44115

Lunch served at 12:00 Noon with induction ceremony to follow


Tickets: Press Club members - $65, Non-members - $75

Tables of 8 - $600, Tables of 10 - $750

Click here to reserve

The Press Club is pleased to induct this year's class:

  • Wayne Dawson of Fox 8 Cleveland WJW
  • Bob Jacob of Cleveland Jewish News
  • Julie Washington of The Plain Dealer and

The 2023 Chuck Heaton Award winner is Dennis Manoloff of WTAM and formerly The Plain Dealer/

Seating is limited, reserve your seat soon and join us for this very special event.

Wayne Dawson

Fox 8 Cleveland WJW

Bob Jacob

Cleveland Jewish News

Julie Washington

The Plain Dealer and

2023 Chuck Heaton Award Winner

Dennis Manoloff, WTAM and formerly The Plain Dealer/

Ticket costs:

Press Club members $65

Non-members $75

Tables of 8 $600

Tables of 10 $750


We are working to secure the date and location for the annual Press Club Holiday Party. We should have confirmation within the next week, so watch your email and The Press Club of Cleveland’s social media accounts for information! As always, we encourage you to wear ugly holiday sweaters!

Stay tuned for upcoming events by following The Press Club of Cleveland on Facebook, Twitter (@PressClubCle) or Instagram (@PressClubCle) or our website at:


By Bob Rosenbaum

Vice President, Special Projects

After a six-month process of discovery and discussion, the Press Club’s board of directors voted on Oct. 19 to adopt a new 7-point strategic vision. It reads:

The Press Club of the future is:

  • A club for anyone interested in understanding/connecting with the important work journalists do.
  • A nimble, grassroots organization that works to connect the various other communications communities/organizations that exist in Northeast Ohio.
  • Driven more by the energy and interests of its members than by the board.
  • Financially lean and self-sustaining on member dues, event fees and individual donations - rather than big-dollar sponsorships.
  • An organization that satisfies a wide range of interests by leveraging the expertise of its members to produce frequent, timely, low-cost pop-up events (live and/or online) that can be considered a success if they draw 10-20 people.
  • An active supporter of student journalism and related initiatives.
  • Evolving and flowing based on the desires of its members, who communicate freely and frequently among themselves, and who feel welcome to create initiatives of their own under the Press Club banner.

What it means

Those seven statements outline a lot of work to be done. They recognize that the Press Club hasn’t kept pace with the changes in the industry and region over the past 20 years, and they seek to confront the most important desire that arose from the discovery process: A sense of community for the people who work in and around journalism in all of its forms – from traditional newsrooms to non-profits to the many one-person ventures in blogging, podcasting and other forms of journalistic content.

From this point on, everything the club does will be measured against the vision. It will take years to fully realize, and it won’t happen because 19 board members come together once a month to discuss club programs and finances.

The vision calls on the board to focus on things that will engage more people, and to set up processes that empower members to create their own version of a club worth joining.

Most of the club’s current activities – including the Hall of Fame and Excellence in Journalism Awards – fit comfortably within this vision. But we recognize the need to make the club more responsive to a constantly evolving membership.

Census of journalists

As a starting point, the board has voted to undertake a “Census of Northeast Ohio Journalists” to identify anyone in the region who is doing journalistic work. We envision this as an ongoing data-collection project that can foster connections among journalists and communicators, while creating a tool for understanding all the work this community is doing. Over time, access to the census should become an important member benefit, a revenue stream and a project that is emulated in other regions.

Other work that needs to be done will be tackled bit by bit as our capacity increases and our vision takes shape. The board won’t be responsible for all of this. The board’s job is to set a tone and create the tools that allow the membership to take over.

Over time, it will become clear how you can get involved. Getting support from the club to create and lead your own programs will become part of everyday business.

For now, we need help building the infrastructure. We need people to join the programming committee; to help improve our social media presence; to work on the new census; to help prioritize and make possible the many other initiatives that the new vision implies.

The Press Club of Cleveland has been around for 136 years, and with this vision we believe the best is still to come.

If you’re interested in being part of the club’s next act, if you want to understand it better, or if you have something to say about it, I’d like to hear from you. Please call or write to me at; 216-401-9342.

Rosenbaum helps to run the non-profit Heights Observer hyperlocal media project, and operates his own small strategic communications business, The MarketFarm. 


More than 110 attendees spent “An Evening With Pete Williams” on Oct. 4 at John Carroll University and gained valuable insight into covering national politics on the Washington D.C., beat.

The event, hosted by the Press Club of Cleveland and JCU’s Tim Russert Department of Communication, was moderated by Russ Mitchell, evening anchor and managing editor of WKYC 3News and a Press Club Board Member.

Williams joined John Carroll University as Journalist in Residence after retiring from NBC News, where he served as a correspondent for 30 years.

Brent Brossmann, Ph.D., Chair of Tim Russert Department of Communication, introduced Williams. Press Club President Elizabeth McIntyre introduced Mitchell.

“It was exciting to get the large turnout for an important conversation between two top notch and experienced journalists,” said Denise Polverine, Publisher of Cleveland Magazine and the Press Club’s Program Committee Chair

Other sponsors were JCU’s Political Science Department and the Society of Professional Journalists’ student chapter at JCU.


Interested in helping to shape the 2024 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, presented by The Press Club of Cleveland? Now is your chance as we begin the process of reviewing categories, weighing whether to delete some offerings or add new ones. Our first committee meeting will be during the second week of November, with the date and time to be determined according to committee members' availability. If you'd like to volunteer for the committee, please email Elizabeth McIntyre at by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.



By Denise Polverine

The Press Club of Cleveland has called Nighttown in Cleveland Heights its home for decades.

Early on, journalists would gather there after a long day in area newsrooms for camaraderie and perhaps a drink while swapping stories about their days.

The famed jazz club became the perfect place to hang the plaques featuring those who had been inducted into the prestigious Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame.

Over the years, the walls of Nighttown became cluttered with these plaques. During the restaurant’s recent closure and extensive upgrades and renovations, The Press Club removed the old plaques and condensed the names a bit onto three plaques featuring those famed names. The new plaques will hang again at Nighttown.

And if you look behind one of the bars at Nighttown when it opens, you may see a familiar face, Fifi LaSalle. That story, which we have told many times before, is for another day, over a drink at the bar while we also swap stories about our long, busy days.


The Press Club of Cleveland is seeking nominations to its Board of Directors. Board members serve a two-year term, and are expected to attend monthly meetings, join working committees, and participate in club events. 


We welcome nominations from club members who are journalists, communications professionals, and others who are committed to supporting the local press corps through programming and advocacy. Board members serve two-year terms; elections are held at the annual meeting in December.


The Press Club Nominating Committee is looking for passionate and enthusiastic doers who will participate actively in leading the club.


The nomination process involves filling out a form and having a conversation with one or more members of the nominating committee. If interested, contact Kevin Adelstein, chair of the nominating committee, at 216-342-5206 /


Deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 6.


Rena J. Olshansky, 88, celebrated broadcaster and author, and devoted civic and Jewish community leader, passed away in Cleveland on Oct. 13, 2023.

For decades, Rena was a force of nature on the Cleveland

scene as a celebrated radio broadcaster at WDOK who interviewed notable leaders including Gloria Steinem, Tony Curtis, Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Carter on “Rena on

Cleveland,” which ran from 1972 to 1999.

She was also the author of “Headstrong,” a groundbreaking 1982 memoir of living

through chemotherapy (she survived four battles with cancer), and a businesswoman

who started her own PR company, Reignmaker, in her 60s.


Cleveland Jewish Publication Company is hiring a fulltime Digital Content Producer:


  • Diane Fitzpatrick


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In continuous operation since 1887, The Press Club of Cleveland is a home for working journalists, professional communicators and anyone who supports the media’s role to keep watch over democratic processes. We advocate for the importance of journalism; maintain the rich history of journalism in Northeast Ohio; recognize excellence in the field with the All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards and the Press Club Hall of Fame; and host programs that bring members together for education, networking and comradery. 

Special rates for young practitioners, and members receive discounts on Press Club events and entry fees in our statewide awards program. Learn more about the benefits of membership here.

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