Category Archives: President’s Messages

Cary Broussard

President’s Message – Cary Broussard


  • It has been my honor to serve on the Press Club board for the last three years – the last two as board secretary, and co-chairing the Legends Excellence in Journalism Awards as well.
  • I’ve served on the board since returning to Dallas after living up North for four years. 
Needless to say, I had never truly appreciated Dallas until I moved back here in late 2013 – even our hot summers – bring em on! They make traversing thigh high snow drifts on the way to the subway seem like child’s play.
  • When I returned to Dallas, I saw a city transformed for the better with Klyde Warren Park, Earth Day Texas, Trinity River development and most of all, a new feeling of inclusivity. Dallas was embracing the desire to be a world-class city….and lo and behold had started holding hands with Fort Worth, even going steady it seems. Who 
knows what’s on the horizon? It’s been very exciting to be part of this evolution of the Dallas mind-set. The members and supporters of the Press Club of Dallas, serving North Texas are vital contributors to the success of this City.

I have worked in several cities, Memphis Tennessee; Washington, D.C; New York City and of course Dallas. When I was here in the 90’s and early 2000s as head of communications for Wyndham, I learned a great deal, including many lessons that I believe will be of great benefit to serving as your Press Club president.

I’d like to share a few with you:

Having traveled with the Peabody Ducks as head of PR for the Peabody Hotel, I learned it’s important to let some things slide of your back – especially when it comes to press conferences. Live ducks will get you some of best press coverage out there, especially if everyone at the press conference tries to catch them when one or two fly off!

Speaking of press conferences, as deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator – and many of you can relate to this, you’re not always the most popular person in the room when you have to deliver the message, but getting the facts right will make you more popular in the long run.

As Bill Moyers once said, “my judgement as a journalist is not worth anything (in his Texas drawl, he actually said “pig’s ass”) if I can’t back it up with facts.” 
Which leads me to our plans and goals for the coming year for the Press Club.

We will build upon the five year strategic plan for the Press Club that Frank Librio, Michael Grant, and many of you in this room have helped develop. With Ayona Anderson, our Marketing Chair, we will take greater steps with our content strategy to keep our website and other communication platforms updated and focused on our Club’s guiding principles of journalism: “Truth, Trust and Transparency.” I hope we can partner with other organizations to launch “Journalism Week” in the City of Dallas and North Texas.

While working in New York, I participated in Social Media Week, which left a great impression on me – mainly the structure of the event. We can even have an App for this! 
We will conduct an internal member survey and involve journalism students, media and communications professionals to contribute ideas for our events and programming. 
We will engage and involve the legendary journalists who have been recognized in our Legends – Excellence in Journalism Awards event, many of whom have specifically asked to be involved and are passionate about this Club and what we stand for.

I know each of our Board Members takes the responsibility of serving on the board quite seriously. We have big plans for the Press Club and have the highest regard for each other personally and professionally. For this reason, our plan is to build and engage our volunteer committees more fully, providing more time for board members to do important work with their committees, also giving BOD members more time in the months in between to recruit and spend time with members.

I hope to contribute to the lasting legacy of truth, transparency and trust about which journalism stands for and must continue. So many people, not all of whom I can name today, have worked tirelessly to bring the Press Club back.

Hugh Aynesworth, what an honor to serve with you on this board. To see how you have soldiered through (rush hour traffic specifically on Tuesdays for monthly board meetings), never showing discouragement, providing humor, friendship and professional dignity in your service to this Club in a way that makes anyone who comes in contact with you want to work harder and carry the torch for the club and for journalism – well that’s why we have an award named in your honor.

Journalism is at a crossroads with technology and with the public.
 Journalists’ livelihoods and yes, tragically many lives are also at stake…that’s why we continue to partner with organizations like the World Affairs Council and others that do a great job bringing in world class journalists for public forums to discuss and solve vital issues.

Communications professionals and journalists have much in common today. We have a shared responsibility to keep truth, trust and transparency in the forefront of journalism – and call out when we see we are falling short. I remain encouraged by what opportunities and challenges journalism students (and their teachers) have before them and promise we will be more visible and diligent than ever in reaching out and cultivating journalism students in N. Texas.

Thank you!

Cary Broussard is CEO of Broussard Global Communications and author of From Cinderella to CEO, How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life (Wiley publishing)[/fusion_text]

President’s Message – Scott Goldstein

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Earlier this month, I accepted the position of President of the Press Club of Dallas during our annual meeting at KERA headquarters. I have not been a part of this organization for as long as some of you, but I’ve lived in Dallas for more than a decade and I was a newspaper reporter for most of that time. I know that the Press Club has had great times and challenging times.

I’m former Dallas Morning News reporter of eight years and now the chief of policy and communications for Mayor Mike Rawlings. I am proud to be a part of the DFW communications field. It is with that sense of pride that I come into this position as president of the Press Club of Dallas. I follow in the footsteps of some incredible leaders.

Specifically, my vision for 2016-17 includes:

  • Living up to our new “serving North Texas” slogan by beginning an annual tradition of hosting at least one event in Fort Worth.
  • Improving our outreach to minority journalists with an event in Southern Dallas.
  • Helping cultivate the next generation of journalists and communications professionals by hosting a professional development event geared toward college students and young journalists.
  • Re-establishing our awards program with the inaugural “Hughies” next spring.
  • Continuing to increase our membership rolls, including new categories of corporate membership.
  • Hosting another major fundraiser to rival our Bob Schieffer tribute

We’re off to a great start with our new meeting location and partnership at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center in the West End. And I’m thrilled by the diversity of our new batch of board members. Visit for more information.

I look forward to another great year.

Scott Goldstein
President, 2016-17[/fusion_text][/one_full]

Press Club of Dallas Mourns Passing of Jim Phillips

“Most press club chapters are designed to strengthen local relationships in the media and fundamental tenets of journalism in their respective regions. And then there are the times that cause all chapters to recognize a moment like this one – the disappointing loss of Texas journalism legend, Jim Phillips.

“Locally, Jim Phillips was a TCU graduate and well-known in media circles for his progressive work with Texas State Networks. However, his legacy wasn’t cemented until he moved to El Paso. There, he was an owner of KHEY-AM 1380 (once the last station in the market to keep its country format, now ESPN 1380 AM), KSET-AM 1300, KOFX 92.3 FM.

“Most importantly, when Jim was the Texas Association of Broadcasters president in 1979, he was faced with an interesting problem – how to save the Sun Bowl. With its fledgling attendance and limited visibility, he thought about selling the right to name the stadium to a major sponsor. And that’s when PR, marketing, advertising, and journalism all intersected for the country – he was the reason naming rights became a thing a sports.

“Jim Phillips’ image and personality will always be remembered in media circles, but his impression on the media landscape nationally is one never to be forgotten. On behalf of the members of the Press Club of Dallas and our Board of Directors, we will miss this great pioneer of Texas journalism.”

Frank J. Librio
Press Club of Dallas


(SOURCES | Photo: Texas Association of Broadcasters, Obituary: El Paso Times)

A Year in Review and Look Ahead

[fusion_text]Download Press Club Year in Review 2015

Year in Review and A Look Ahead


Niki McCuistion – President 2014-2015

Frank J. Librio, Jr. – President 2015-2016

Dear Press Club Members and Guests,

For those of you who attended our 2015 Annual Meeting on August 25 – thank you!

We’d like to see more members engaged and participate in club activities. We also know that we need to keep reminding and showing you through our activities and events that your membership is valuable and worth your time and financial commitment. We can tell you the board is committed to doing just that. If you were not engaged in club activities this past year, you missed a lot.

Under Niki’s leadership as President this past year, the Board of Directors and member volunteers produced some interesting and worthwhile events. Those events included a collaboration with the Video Association of Dallas for a special screening of the documentary “Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News”. Murder is the leading cause of work related deaths for journalists as censorship increases worldwide. In addition to those who have been killed, dozens have been attacked, kidnapped, or forced into exile in connection with their coverage of crime and corruption. After the screening, the producers of the film joined press club members via Skype to discuss the film.

In November, the Press Club partnered with Dallas Summer Musicals to produce a special event honoring Michael Jenkins as the 2014 Newsmaker of the Year. The Dallas Summer Musicals and the Press Club celebrated Mr. Jenkins international reputation as a theatre visionary, Dallas Summer Musicals producer, world-wide theme park developer, and Broadway impresario. Thank you to Pat Porter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gummer, Joanne Holt, Dallas Summer Musicals Staff, Liz Oliphant, Tony Pederson, Phyllis Hammond, and John “Doc” Strange for their assistance in producing that event.

The Press Club also partnered with the World Affairs Council to host the Chief Political Correspondent and Analyst of the Jerusalem Post. Gil Hoffman’s talk was titled: Peace, Politics and Plutonium: An Insider’s Look at the Mayhem in the Middle East.

The Press Club’s New Beginnings event was held in April at the Le Meridian | Stoneleigh Hotel – an event that unveiled the club’s new mission and website and the perfect time to present a $30,000.00 scholarship grant to the Press Club of Dallas Scholarship Foundation in the name of Michael Jenkins. The event was held in the Penthouse of the hotel, a long-time meeting place of the club. Mayor Mike Rawlings provided a special recognition to honor the club and the Stoneleigh Hotel.

Board members Cary Broussard and Hugh Aynesworth worked as co-chairs to produce the Excellence in Journalism – North Texas Legends Awards held at the Sixth Floor Museum. Thirteen esteemed journalists were recognized for their contributions to journalism over their long careers in North Texas.

The club also honored its long-standing tradition of granting scholarships to local college and university students. Niki was invited to sit on the 2015 scholarship selection committee at the Communities Foundation of Texas – the organization that administers the Press Club of Dallas Scholarship Foundation – separate from the Press Club of Dallas but the long-time beneficiary of the clubs work. The foundation recognized two local university students who were awarded the 2015 Press Club of Dallas Foundation Scholarships.

  • Ricky Fumes (UNT – Commercial Arts)
  • Clayton Youngman (TCU – Journalism)

Looking ahead to 2015-2016, the board is committed to continuing on that good work, to uphold the club’s mission and the pillars on which it operates – and to focus on efforts to keep the club relevant, financially stable, and retain and grow membership by providing interesting and engaging programs and events.

The board, at its meeting on September 1 interviewed three consultants to assist in the creation of a Strategic Plan and Implementation Plan to identify goals over the next 3-5 years and tactics on how to obtain them – in order to provide guidance for this board and subsequent boards. The board voted to work with Ann Ranson ( to assist in those efforts. We will be sharing more information as the process progresses and there will be an opportunity for the full membership to provide feedback and participate in the process.

We look forward to seeing you soon at a special event we will announce later this week!

Until then,

Niki McCuistion, President 2014-2015

Frank J. Librio, Jr. President 2015-2016[/fusion_text]

Press Club of Dallas Statement Re: WDBJ Shooting

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Frank Librio

President, Press Club[/fusion_text]

Bert Shipp Scholarship Fund Donations

On behalf of the family of Bert Shipp, the Press Club of Dallas is honored to receive donations to:

The Press Club of Dallas, c/o Bert Shipp Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship funds will be given in Bert’s honor to qualified students entering the field of journalism and communication.

Your donations can be made out to and mailed to:

The Press Club of Dallas

c/o Bert Shipp Scholarship Fund, PO Box 130925, Dallas, Texas 75313

Please direct your questions to  Brett Shipp,

Thank you:

Niki McCuistion

President , PCD


Bert Shipp joined WFAA-TV in 1961 and worked in news for almost 38 years. He retired in 1998 as news assignment editor, following a long career as a photographer-reporter.

Bert Shipp joined WFAA-TV in 1961 and worked in news for almost 38 years. He retired in 1998 as news assignment editor, following a long career as a photographer-reporter.