Barker and Fisher to speak during May Lunch N Learn

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Join the May 22nd PRSA Gulf Coast Chapter’s lunch and learn where we will hear from leaders from the region’s largest daily newspapers, The Naples Daily News and The News-Press.

Bill Barker, publisher and president of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press and Penny Fisher, editor of the Naples Daily News will lead the discussion.  We will explore the changing face of media in Southwest Florida and the role first amendment in today’s environment.

Please, come with questions.

The luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 22 at the Naples Hilton. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and presentations begin at noon. Lunch includes salad, pasta primavera and dessert. A vegetarian option is available.

Reserve your seat today.

Bill Barker

Bill Barker is the West Florida Regional President of Gannett Company, as well as publisher and president of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press, community publications, and related digital products. He also oversees the newspaper operations in Tallahassee and Pensacola.

Bill last served as vice president, regional publisher of the Journal Media Group overseeing operations at its newspapers in Naples and Florida’s Treasure Coast, as well as in Knoxville, Tennessee; Anderson, South Carolina; and Evansville, Indiana.

Bill joined the Daily News in fall 2013 as regional publisher and chief revenue officer after nearly a decade overseeing newspaper and media operations in the Tampa Bay area, including serving as president and publisher of The Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Tribune and TBO.com.

Before coming to Florida, Bill worked his way through the operational ranks at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he was named director of operations in 1996. During his time in Richmond, Barker oversaw the construction and launch of three new facilities and an organizational restructuring.

Penny Fisher

Penny Fisher’s love affair with journalism began in rural southern Indiana. She grew up in a 500-person town just down the road from Milan, Ind., the real-life inspiration for the movie Hoosiers.

Penny joined her high school newspaper staff during her junior year and has spent every day since devoted to the craft. In college, she worked as a designer and editor for the Vincennes University Trailblazer and the Ball State Daily News.

In February 2007, she traded the hills of Indiana for the beaches of Florida and joined the Naples Daily News as a lead designer and later associate editor of The Banner. Penny served as the managing editor for seven community publications and for the Naples Daily News before being named the top editor in November 2016.

Penny is geeky about design, passionate about good story telling and over the top with organization. She enjoys shopping, traveling, cooking and spending time with her sportswriter husband Adam Fisher and her two kids Audrey, 5 and Alec, 3.

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