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GLT's Radio Faces with On Point host Tom Ashbrook

WRadio Faceshen: Friday, November 7, 2014
Where:The DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center Ballroom, Bloomington
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM - cocktail hour ($100 level only)
6:45 - 9:30 PM - dinner and presentation (both ticket levels); Entry to Radio Faces at the $65 level begins at 6:45 PM.


tom ashbrook photoTom Ashbrook, host of On Point (heard daily on GLT from 9-11:00am), is an award-winning journalist who was enlisted by NPR and WBUR in Boston for special coverage following the attacks of September 11, 2001. He had already had a distinguished career in newspaper reporting and editing.

Tom's career in journalism spans twenty years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, and author. Ten of those years were spent in Asia — based in India, Hong Kong, and Japan — working first for the South China Morning Post, then as a correspondent for the Boston Globe.

He began his reporting career covering the refugee exodus from Vietnam and the post-Mao opening of China, and has covered turmoil and shifting cultural and economic trends in the United States and around the world, from Somalia and Rwanda to Russia and the Balkans. At the Globe, where he served as deputy managing editor until 1996, he directed coverage of the first Gulf War and the end of the Cold War.

Tom received the Livingston Prize for National Reporting, and was a 1996 fellow at Harvard's Nieman Foundation before taking a four-year plunge into Internet entrepreneurship, chronicled in his book The Leap: A Memoir of Love and Madness in the Internet Gold Rush.

Raised on a farm in the Bloomington/Normal community, Tom studied American history at Yale and Gandhi's independence movement at Andhra University, India. Before taking up journalism he worked as a surveyor and dynamiter in Alaska's oil fields, a teaching fellow with the Yale-China Association, a Hong Kong television personality, and a producer of international editions of Chinese kung fu films.

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On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

Each hour of the broadcast opens with a news brief analyzing the day's biggest stories, followed by an in-depth conversation decoding a single topic with newsmakers, thinkers, and callers, and closes with compelling personal reactions to news and important issues, including radio diaries, excerpts from speeches, or special series segments.

Host Tom Ashbrook combines his journalistic instincts with a listener's openness and curiosity -- focusing on the relevant topics and deconstructing issues along with the audience. News analyst Jack Beatty, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly, also guides the program by providing his own unique perspective to the conversation.

Tickets are available at two levels:

The $100 In-Depth Story ticket includes a meet-and-greet cocktail party with Ashbrook, appetizers with open bar; followed by a full dinner with wine accompaniment, and our guests' presentation.

The $65 In The News ticket includes a full dinner with wine accompaniment, and our guests' presentation.

When ordering your tickets, you will be asked for each attendee's name and meal choice from:
Tropical Style Tilapia: Baked flake fish, flash cooked with a dry rub and finished with tropical mango salsa; served with Polynesian rice
Pesto Pasta Primevera: Cheese stuffed tortellini tossed with sun dried tomato, basil pesto, artichokes, broccoli, sweet bell peppers and garlic alfredo cream
Tournados of Beef Tenderloin: Roasted tenderloin sliced in medallion fashion with smoked plum tomato and black olive compote; served with twice baked potatoes

If you need have a special dietary need, please select that entree option and we will contact you for the details.

Previous Radio Faces guests have been Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen, White House correspondent Don Gonyea, veteran newscaster/Wait, Wait judge Carl Kasell, All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block with ATC producer and GLT alum Brendan Banaszak, Radiolab co-host and NPR Science Desk correspondent Robert Krulwich, David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein from Planet Money, American Routes host Nick Spitzer, and All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.

Proceeds from this event benefit the GLT Equipment Fund.


We are ever grateful for COUNTRY Financial's continued support of this signature GLT event.

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Corporate Table Sponsors for this event are:

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Zimmerman & Armstrong Investment Advisors

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We would like to extend our gratitude to Country Financial for their continued sponsorship of Radio Faces™. Their support is essential to the success of this GLT event.

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