Category: Members’ News

News about NSNC members

Jeff Zaslow Dies in Auto Accident

By Sheila Moss, NSNC WebEditor It is with great sadness that we report the death of beloved journalist, NSNC colleague and friend, Jeff Zaslow, 53, Wall Street Journal.  Jeff died tragically on Friday morning, February 10th, in a traffic accident when his car skidded on ice and snow and collided with a semi. A Philadelphia…

New Member: America’s Oldest Columnist

The newest member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is a peppy Vermont woman believed to be America’s oldest columnist. Harriette B. Leidich of North Bennington, VT is approaching her 100th birthday but still turning out columns for her local newspaper. A contributing columnist for the daily Bennington (VT) Banner for the past 16…

Tracy Beckerman appearing in Ohio

Tracy Beckerman, NSNC Social Media Chair and syndicated humor columnist will be speaking at Centerville Library in Centerville, Ohio, on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 7 PM. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Tracy has been a columnist for eight years with the weekly Independent Press newspaper in New Jersey.…

Tammeus Co-leader of Israel Trip

Bill Tammeus “Faith Matters” blogger Bill Tammeus will help lead a Jewish-Christian study trip to Israel in April 2012. The other two leaders will be Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Greater Kansas City; and Fr. Gar Demo, rector of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Overland Park, Kansas. “They are…

Bruce Cameron discontinues newspaper column

In an unexpected announcement, humor columnist and author  W. Bruce Cameron announced that he has decided to discontinue his newspaper column on Jan 7th. Cameron made the announcement with his usual sense of humor:  “So, after starting my column in 1995 as an email only thing, going to the Rocky Mountain News in 1998 and…

Ernie Witham leads workshops

Ernie Witham Columnist and author, Ernie Witham, who writes “Ernie’s World” for the Montecito Journal in Montecito, California, will be leading four workshops at the Whidbey Island Writers Conference, Langley, WA, March 2-4, 2012. *Humor on Vacation. The Fun and Funny Aspects of Travel *The Craft of Humor Writing. Making Funny Funnier *Did You See…

Horowitz Ending Syndicated Column

(Two corrections made to article, in bold, below) Rick Horowitz, long-time NSNC member, announced that he is ending his twice-weekly syndicated column at the end of the year. Rick plans to devote his extensive energies to a new business venture called Prime Prose, LLC. His new enterprise will pull together an expanding assortment of the…

Luellen Smiley Making The Radio Rounds

NSNC member Luellen Smiley was guest of Philadelphia-based radio host and television personality Mike Smerconish on The Morning Mouth earlier this month. Smiley, is the daughter of reputed mobster, Allen Smiley. Smiley’s dad was a close friend and confidant of famous Las Vegas mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and he was sitting on the couch just feet…

New column for Florida member

NSNC Member Susan Young has a new column of being published monthly in The Hometown News, Volusia County, FL. It’s a monthly insert called “Forever Young” – aimed at Baby Boomers. Susan’s column is called “Life in the Middle” and is about the Sandwich Generation in which we live these days. Here’s the link… Scroll down and…

Russell Frank article in Washington Post

Russell Frank, associate professor of communications at Penn State University and member of the NSNC Board of Directors, was recently published in The Washington Post with a by-lined story about Herb Block, a four-time Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist at The Washington Post. Frank is serving as a consultant to the Library of Congress for its Herbock Oral…

NSNC Members’ Greatest Columns

Here’s Your Best Column Ever  By Dave Lieber   Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist   http://www.yankeecowboy.com/        Somehow very few of us in NSNC are included in the new book, Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. So in my last column I announced my own version – NSNC Members’ Greatest Columns. I asked for your…

Zezima book receives press award

Jerry Zezima’s book, “Leave It to Boomer,” recently won humor book of the year honors from the Connecticut Press Club.   Jerry, also, was a recent guest on “Senior Moments,” a cable access TV program on Channel 20 on Long Island, N.Y. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists was mentioned on the show.   http://www.vimeo.com/28073383   Zezima writes…

Bykofsky raises $$$ for children’s charity

  Stu Bykofsky Stu Bykofsky, longtime columnist at the Philalphia Daily News, and recipient of the NSNC Will Rogers Humanitarian Award in 2003, is still at it. Past NSNC President, Bill Tammeus, commented, “Well, just so you know, he hasn’t quit doing the good things that won him that honor.” The event was the “21st Annual…

Bruce Cameron to speak in hometown

Petoskey, Michigan, is a quaint resort town in the upper part of the lower peninsula of Michigan, population around 6,000. The most exciting stories in headlines of the local paper talk about things like school lunch prices, parking in downtown, and a car accident on cemetery road. About the best thing going for Petoskey is tourism. …

Chartrand in Kansas City Star

David Chartrand recently wrote a column about his mother and father that appeared in the Kansas City Star called “Holding on to memories for dear life.”  You can read the column on the KC Star website. Chartrand was the winner of a first place award in the 2002 NSNC writing contest. The humor and commentary…

Opportunities from NSNC Collegues

Mike Argento, Past President writes: I have a new novel coming out this fall and the publisher asked me for a list of people to send advance review copies.  So if anyone is interested, they can e-mail me at mike@ydr.com and I’ll pass it on. The book is titled “Don’t Be Cruel” and it’s about…

McNay announces engagement

Don McNay, former member of the NSNC board, and award-winning financial columnist, announced his plans to marry in the Huffington Post last week, shunning advice in HuffPo from Dr. Neil Clark Warren, the founder of eHarmony.  After the proposal in Louisville, KY, Don shared the details of the event in his blog. Don wrote out…