VIP Reception with David Lawrence, Author of A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice, and a Chance for Every Child
Join us at the Tallahassee Democrat for a private VIP reception preceding our reading and signing with David Lawrence Jr., celebrated journalist, former Miami Herald publisher and dedicated child advocate.
From his start at the St. Petersburg Times and his time as an editor at the Washington Post, to his career-capping leadership as publisher of the Miami Herald, Lawrence's work took him all over the globe--his list of interviews reads like a Who's Who of movers and shakers of the last 60 years in American history. Lawrence's book also serves as a how-to guide for launching a movement that can change children's lives for the better and empower future generations.
A Roadmap for Journalists
David Lawrence Jr.'s sense of purpose guided him across the country as a reporter, editor and publisher in the golden age of journalism. Early in his career, he worked at the St. Petersburg Times when Nelson Poynter ran the Pulitzer-Prize-winning paper. From there, he moved to the Washington Post as a key editor for legendary editor Ben Bradlee. Crisscrossing the country, from Philadelphia to Charlotte to Detroit, Lawrence finally landed in Miami in 1989, where he would publish the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald for 10 years. Under his leadership, the Herald won five Pulitzer Prizes.
A Roadmap for Early Childhood Advocacy
The same sense of fairness that drove his journalism career guided Lawrence's second act as an advocate for early childhood development in Florida. In 1999, then-Florida Governor Lawton Chiles asked Lawrence to chair a task force on school readiness. Thus began Lawrence's education on the importance of the early years for a child's future success. This became his rallying cry, and in 1999 when he retired from the Herald, Lawrence focused full-time on ensuring that every child in Florida is given the best start possible in his or her early years through the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and, later, The Children's Movement of Florida.
Ticket price is per person and includes admission to the VIP reception and one book. Following the reception, join us for a reading, conversation, and book signing with Lawrence in the Tallahassee Democrat newsroom. The reading and book signing will begin at 6:00 pm and are free and open to the public.
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