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Nov 30, 2015

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Columnist Maureen Dowd to speak at BGR luncheon

By NOLA Community Submission

November 30, 2015

New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd will speak at BGR’s annual luncheon Dec. 10 at noon at the New Orleans Marriott.

Dowd is a Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author. She has covered eight presidential campaigns.

Dowd will be introduced by political analyst and author Mary Matalin. Following Dowd’s remarks, retired WWL-TV anchor and BGR Board Member Dennis Woltering will moderate a question-and-answer session. The program will also provide an opportunity to honor past President and CEO Janet R. Howard.

BGR’s annual luncheon has a history of featuring award-winning journalists, such as Walt Handelsman and Kathleen Parker. Last year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed BGR’s supporters.

Revenue from the fundraiser will support BGR’s core activities: local government monitoring, analysis and publication of reports, and post-publication work to implement informed public policy. In 2015, BGR’s programming included the release of “The $1 Billion Question,” a comprehensive picture of local tax dollars, as well as free public forums on critical issues such as public safety and coastal restoration.

For the ninth year in a row, BGR was recognized by its national peers in governmental research for outstanding work.

To reserve tables and tickets for the luncheon, or to view a full list of current table sponsors, visit This year’s sponsors are Whitney Bank and Canal Barge.

BGR’s annual business meeting, during which BGR’s members will elect the 2016 Board of Directors, will precede the luncheon program.

Celeste Coco-Ewing is current BGR president and CEO. Mark A. Mayer is chairman of the BGR Board.

BGR is a private, nonprofit, independent research organization. Since its founding in 1932, it has been dedicated to informed public policy-making and the effective use of public resources in the Greater New Orleans area. For more information, call 504.525.4152 or visit

Nov 30, 2015

Source: | The Times-Picayune

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