Press Club of Southeast Texas

Don Dodd, Sharon Brooks, Chad Cooper, Jennifer Johnson, Joshua Cobb, Kevin King

When the Press Club of Southeast Texas opens entries for the best investigative reports, eligible candidates from Southeast Texas’ daily newspapers, non-daily newspapers and magazines vie for the coveted honor of earning top distinction. At a ceremony held Friday, June 8, The Examiner secured both the first and second place awards in the highly competitive category.

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Debbie Bridgeman with members of Press Club of Southeast Texas

Debbie Bridgeman of Beaumont has been elected the 2018-19 president of the Press Club of Southeast Texas. Bridgeman has served since 2016 as community relations specialist for the Beaumont ISD.

Other Press Club officers are Marilyn Tennissen, freelance writer/photographer, vice president for finance and membership; Farrah Severs-Young, Total Home Health, secretary; Mike Tobias, Beaumont Enterprise, vice president for programs and special events; Sharon Brooks, The Examiner, vice president for public relations; and Brian Sattler, Lamar University, vice president for development.

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The Press Club of Southeast Texas invites members and students of all disciplines to the Dishman Art Museum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 for a free media mixer. The museum is located on the Lamar University Campus at 1030 East Lavaca St.

Meet members of the media from various outlets and learn more about radio, print and broadcast journalism from experienced professionals. Find out what happens behind-the-scenes from producers, camera operators and others who bring the news to homes all over Southeast Texas.

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Brian Sattler, director of public relations at Lamar University since 1989 and resident of Bridge City, was honored with the university’s 2016 Julie & Ben Rogers Community Service Award at a Dec. 6 program in the University Event Center of the Mary and John Gray Library.

The Rogers family established the award in 1979 to encourage Lamar University faculty and staff to volunteer their service and talents to the community.

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When the new Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin addressed the Press Club of Southeast Texas on Oct. 20, he said he wants to “engage the community,” especially young people. He also referred to current tensions involving police, explaining how he hopes to help officers combat stresses and provide resources for dealing with mental health concerns like PTSD.

Speaking at Café del Rio in Beaumont, he began with his past experiences in Arizona and in traffic enforcement in Washington, D.C. He said he “learned a lot from the Salt River community.”

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The Examiner Publisher Don Dodd, Supervising Editor Jennifer Johnson, City Edito

The Examiner received multiple honors at the 25th annual Press Club of Southeast Texas Excellence in Media Awards, held Friday, June 10, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel and Conference Center in Beaumont.

In addition to winning first place in Overall Excellence and best Website News, Examiner staff won individual honors across several categories.

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The Press Club of Southeast Texas presented the 2013 Excellence in Media Awards and announced the Newsmaker of the Year at its 23rd annual banquet Friday, June 6, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel in Beaumont.

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