ideastream presents Women Who Rock Public Media events this July

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June 16, 2016 (Cleveland, OH) – As delegates, political experts, spectators and more flock to Cleveland next month for the Republican National Convention, so will thousands of journalists. While some of audiences’ favorite NPR and PBS journalists are in town next month, ideastream is hosting three special events featuring the Women Who Rock Public Media including Gwen Ifill, Mara Liasson, Rachel Martin, Korva Coleman and more.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, July 15, the PBS show Washington Week, the longest-running prime-time television news program, will record live from the Hanna Theatre at Playhouse Square. In addition to participating as the studio audience, the public is invited to purchase tickets for a post-show reception and/or an intimate dinner with the show’s host, Gwen Ifill. The taping is free and open to the public (ticket required), and ticket packages are available for access to the exclusive add-on events starting at $50.

Two days later, just before the convention officially kicks off, guests are invited to the Idea Center to hear direct accounts of political campaigns from those who report on them. Election Stories from Women Behind the News featuring NPR’s Mara Liasson, Rachel Martin and more! will bring top journalists together for a round-table discussion and reception at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. Tickets are available for $10.

Then, right in the middle of the RNC excitement, NPR newscaster Korva Coleman will be the featured speaker at a Lunch and Learn starting at noon on Wednesday, July 20. This limited-seating event will include a catered luncheon, a short presentation by Coleman and an open Q&A discussion. This program will be held at the Idea Center, and tickets, which include free parking, are available for $40.

“We are looking forward to hosting such talented and respected journalists in our city during the RNC,” said Mary Grace Herrington, chief development officer at ideastream. “Not only will they report from Cleveland up close, our members and supporters will have the opportunity to watch these women in action and hear from them firsthand.”

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