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Dec 30, 2016

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Bureau of Governmental Research Annual Luncheon features David Rhodes

By Sue Strachan

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

December 30, 2016

From Maureen Dowd in 2015 to David Rhodes in 2016: the Bureau for Governmental Research likes newsmakers as featured speakers at its Annual Luncheon. (Other speakers have included journalists Kathleen Parker, Steve Roberts and Jonathan Capehart.)

Rhodes oversees the news division and all news content for CBS Television Network, CBS digital platforms and CBS News Radio. WWL-TV President Tod Smith introduced him to the crowd at the Marriott Hotel; WWL-TV is New Orleans’ CBS affiliate. After Rhodes’ speech, retired WWL-TV anchor and BGR board member Dennis Woltering moderated a question-and-answer session.

“We are excited to have David Rhodes as our Annual Luncheon speaker,” said Mark Mayer, chairman of the BGR board. “His unique perspective on the business of gathering and reporting the news should prove fascinating – especially this year.”

Just before the luncheon, BGR members elected 2017 Board of Directors: Andrea Chen, Louis M. Freeman Jr., Alex Gershanik, Andrew Lee, Jennifer Neil, Slade Simons and Larry Washington, with four directors re-elected to a second term: Caroline Calhoun, Martin Mayer, Anthony Recasner, and Nathalie Simon.

The luncheon is a benefit for BGR, which provides local government monitoring, policy analysis, publication of reports, and post-publication implementation work. Among the 2016 agenda items included: nonprofit tax exemptions, the charter authorizing structure in Orleans Parish, local pension plan reform, potential drainage fee in New Orleans, and options for funding street repair and maintenance.

Dec 30, 2016

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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