October Meeting: Listening Deeper with Chuck Holmes of WBHM

Join the Birmingham Chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama on Wednesday, October 4, meeting at the Vestavia Hills’ “Library in the Forest.” Street address is 1221 Montgomery Highway (aka Hwy 31), Vestavia, 35216. We will be in the Community Room as soon as you enter to the left.

Register online today at www.prca-b.com.

The cost is $16 for members; $20 for guests and $10 for students. Prepay options are available, or guests can pay at the event although registration is required.

The Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) is the state’s largest and oldest group of public relations practitioners. The organization exists to further the professional and networking interests of today’s communication professionals in private, public and nonprofit businesses and organizations.

PRCA was formed by a group of Birmingham PR practitioners who saw the need for regular networking with their peers. Though the date of the first meeting is uncertain, various accounts put it sometime between 1953-56. The group is more formally organized now, with approximately 500 members in six chapters – Birmingham, East Alabama (Auburn/Opelika), Mobile, Montgomery, North Alabama (Huntsville) and West Alabama (Tuscaloosa). Along with networking, PRCA offers career development opportunities, mentors college students and works to improve the professionalism of public relations practice through its accreditation program.
SPRF is a network of public relations professionals from Alabama, northwest Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi who share a common interest in the public relations profession. Membership in the Federation is automatic for members of the PRCA, the Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization (ECPRO), the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL), and the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM).

• Networking – 11:45 a.m. till 12:15 p.m.
• Panel Featuring Lesley Bruinton, APR; Jason Gaston, APR, and Cindy Warner, APR, 12:15 till 12:50 p.m.
• Announcements – 12:50 till 12:59 p.m.

Chuck Holmes is general manager of WBHM. He will speak to the group about the station’s mission and its commitment to help listeners “listen deeper.” He will also address the station’s funding challenges as WBHM’s Fall Fund Drive gets underway.

Holmes joined WBHM in January 2017, from NPR where he was Deputy Managing Editor for NPR News working closely with NPR’s Arts, Business, International, National, Science and Washington Desks to coordinate and facilitate daily news coverage and long-term planning for NPR News.

Prior to this role, Holmes served as Supervising Senior Editor of NPR’s Morning Edition. He was responsible for the editorial direction and integrity of the show and shepherded major projects like Steve Inskeep’s Revolution Road trip across northern Africa and David Greene’s Family Matters series on financial literacy among America’s “sandwich generation.”

Holmes began work at NPR in April 2009 as the Foreign Editor for Digital News, where he assisted in planning and directing coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and coverage of earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. He also steered multimedia storytelling projects from India and Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Peru, and the Mekong River valley.

Prior to joining NPR, Holmes was foreign editor of Cox Newspapers and earlier served as a foreign correspondent, posted in Jerusalem and Moscow, for the Atlanta-based newspaper chain.

Throughout his career, Holmes has gained national recognition for his reporting and editing. His reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Kosovo, and the Rwanda genocide and civil war all earned industry awards. At NPR, he shared an Edward R. Murrow Award for Afghanistan coverage and was part of the digital team when NPR.org earned a Peabody Award for excellence in 2010.

A native of Tennessee and avid marathon runner, Holmes received a B.A. in Journalism from The George Washington University.

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