Radio Faces with NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
5:30 p.m. - Cocktail party ($100 level only)
6:45 - 9 p.m.- Dinner and Gonyea presentation
DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center
10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, IL
$100 ticket includes Don Gonyea meet & greet cocktail party with appetizers and open bar, full sit-down dinner with wine accompaniment, and Gonyea's presentation.
$65 ticket includes full sit-down dinner with wine accompaniment, and Gonyea's presentation.
In 2017 we’re bringing back one of your favorite Radio Faces guests. NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea will share with us his experiences covering campaigns, elections, and the political climate throughout the country. You can hear his reports regularly on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
The evening opens with an exclusive open-bar cocktail reception with Gonyea beginning at 5:30 p.m. After some one-on-one time with him, an elegant dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. featuring a delicious choice of entrees from the DoubleTree Hotel & Conference Center. Our Radio Faces presentation will follow dinner at 8:00 p.m. There is always ample time for questions.
During the 2000 presidential campaign, Gonyea chronicled the controversial election and the ensuing legal recount battles in the courts. At the same time George W. Bush moved into the White House in 2001, Gonyea started as NPR's White House Correspondent. He was at the White House on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, providing live reports following the evacuation of the building.
As White House correspondent, Gonyea covered the Bush administration's prosecution of wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq and during the 2004 campaign he traveled with President Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry. In November 2006, Gonyea co-anchored NPR's coverage of historic elections when Democrats captured control of both houses of the US Congress. In 2008, Gonyea was the lead reporter covering the entire Obama presidential campaign for NPR, from the Iowa caucuses to victory night in Chicago. He was also there when candidate Obama visited the Middle East and Europe. He continued covering the White House and President Barack Obama until spring 2010, when he moved into his current position.
Gonyea has filed stories from around the globe, including Moscow, Beijing, London, Islamabad, Doha, Budapest, Seoul, San Salvador, and Hanoi. He attended President Bush's first ever meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Slovenia in 2001, and subsequent, at times testy, meetings between the two leaders in St. Petersburg, Shanghai and Bratislava. He also covered Mr. Obama's first trip overseas as president.
In 1986, Gonyea got his start at NPR reporting from Detroit on labor unions and the automobile industry. He spent countless hours on picket lines and in union halls covering strikes, including numerous lengthy work stoppages at GM in the late 1990s. Gonyea also reported on the development of alternative fuel and hybrid-powered automobiles, Dr. Jack Kevorkian's assisted-suicide crusade, and the 1999 closing of Detroit's classic Tiger Stadium — the ballpark of his youth.
Over the years Gonyea has contributed to PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the BBC, CBC, AP Radio, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He periodically teaches college journalism courses.
Gonyea has won numerous national and state awards for his reporting. He was part of the team that earned NPR a 2000 George Foster Peabody Award for the All Things Considered series "Lost & Found Sound."
A native of Monroe, Michigan, Gonyea is an honors graduate of Michigan State University.
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When ordering your tickets, you'll choose one of these entrees. If you have any special dietary needs, choose that option and we'll get in touch to get the details.
Butternut and Sage Stuffed Ravioli
Butternut squash and sage stuffed ravioli in an herb wine cream sauce; served with seasonal vegetables.
Marinated chicken breast finely dusted in herb crumbs and roasted in a white grape and artichoke Dijon sauce; served with twice-baked potato and seasonal vegetables.
Baked Atlantic Salmon
Atlantic salmon baked to perfection and topped with a lemon-caper sauce; served with twice-baked potato and seasonal vegetables.
Your entrée includes salad, dinner rolls and butter, a luscious dessert, and table wine.
Thank you to our lead sponsor, COUNTRY Financial, for its continued support of this signature event.
Thanks also to our corporate table sponsors:
- Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council
- GROWMARK, Inc.
- Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences
- Illinois State University College of Fine Arts
- Illinois State University Printing Services
- Linda Kimber/Edward Jones Financial Advisor
- Luther Oaks
- McLean County Museum of History
- Milner Library
- Twin City Wood Recycling
- Vitesse Cycle
- Zimmerman & Armstrong Investment Advisors/First Allied Securities