By John Mathews
Special To The Standard
As a newspaper reader, television news viewer and radio news listener, you will have chance to hear and to speak directly with key people who bring your news at the Meet Your Local Media Forum at the Norman Williams Public Library.
Beginning next Thursday, Feb. 21, and on three successive Thursdays at 6 p.m., publishers, reporters and editors will discuss their work and answer questions at the library’s Forum. Bob Hager, retired NBC correspondent, and John Mathews, retired newspaper reporter and editor, and NBC producer, will moderate the Forum they organized.
The initial speakers at the forum next Thursday, Feb. 21, will be Phillip C. Camp, owner and publisher of the Vermont Standard, and Jon Estey, the Standard’s general manager.
On Feb. 28, Marcelis Parsons, long-time anchor and news director of WCAX-TV, appears; followed on March 7 by John Gregg, news editor and political columnist for the Valley News, and finally on March 14. by Steve Zind, senior reporter and special projects producer at Vermont Public Radio.
Phillip C. Camp, a life-long Woodstocker and Silver Lake resident, has been owner and publisher of the Vermont Standard since 1982. Camp also had a first career as a pioneer of the New England ski industry. A member of the Vermont Ski and Snow Board Museum Hall of Fame, Camp is recognized as the first marketing professional in the ski industry. He began his career in 1959 at Killington, when it was in its early stages, then moving on to Sugar Bush in 1967.
Jon Estey, the Standard’s general manager, who will appear with Camp, is a seventh generation Vermonter, who for the past 25 years has held various positions at the newspaper, including production manager, sales manager, and the last 13 years, general manager.
On Feb. 28, the Media Forum will shift to local television news with Marselis Parsons, considered the dean of New England television anchors. Now retired, Parsons television career began in 1967 as a reporter for WCAX-TV. During his 45-year career at Channel 3, Parsons served as anchor and news director of the 6pm news for nearly 25 years. Under his aegis, the station won wide recognition, including Best Television Newscast in the United States, awarded by the Radio and Television News Directors Association.
On March 7, the forum features John Gregg of the Valley News.
A lead reporter at the newspaper for the last decade, Gregg is now local news editor. He also writes a weekly column on politics, which is considered a “must read” by the political class on both sides of the Connecticut River. Gregg previously worked for newspapers in Washington, D.C., and in Boston. From 1991 to 1995, he was chief speechwriter for Gov. William Weld. Gregg and his wife, Mary, live in Westminister West, Vt.
The final speaker in the series on March 14 is Steve Zind of Vermont Public Radio. Zind is a senior reporter, specializing in economics. and a special projects producer at the station. With VPR since 1994, Zind has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for his reporting. He is also known for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse into the country usually unknown to the outside world.
By John Mathews