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Wed, Mar 13


Nether Providence Township

Delco Press Club Luncheon with Ethnic Media Panel

Join the Delco Press Club for a luncheon and panel discussion to highlight the importance of ethnic media and the valuable resources they provide to their communities.

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Delco Press Club Luncheon with Ethnic Media Panel
Delco Press Club Luncheon with Ethnic Media Panel

Time & Location

Mar 13, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Nether Providence Township, 600 S Providence Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086, USA


About the Event

Peg DeGrassa, senior editor, Delco News Network, will moderate a panel of journalists who will discuss the importance of ethnic media and the valuable resources they provide to their communities.

Moderator and Speakers:

Peg DeGrassa - An Award-winning journalist with a focus on local news and events, DeGrassa covers a wide range of topics including community events, author introductions, documentary screenings, and other happenings in Delaware County.

Barbara Ann Zippi-Och – Former Press Club president and well-known promoter of insights into Italian American heritage, Zippi-Och combines her print publishing experience with her interest in broadcast television, as executive producer and creator of Ciao Bella Living Italian Style on Main Line TV 21 Radnor Studio.  Her professional ventures offer a passion for all things Italian with her close, personal look into Italian culture, heritage, and traditions. 


Aphrodite Kotrotsios – As publisher of the Hellenic News of America, Kotrotsios has been an influential force in bridging the gap between the Greek diaspora and Hellenic roots. Her involvement in Hermes Expo International, a business and cultural expo, has facilitated collaborations and connections between Greek American entrepreneurs and professionals to promote economic growth, development, and opportunities within the Greek American and Philhellenic communities.

Fionnuala Boyle - A Philadelphia-based journalist from Glasgow, Scotland, Boyle focuses on bringing Irish culture to a widely read Irish American news site that launched in 2023. Irish Star US is owned by Reach PLC, which oversees over 130 other national and regional titles throughout the UK, Ireland. Ms. Boyle started her career in local news after graduating in 2020 with a master’s degree in digital journalism from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. She then joined the Daily Record, one of Scotland’s top national newspapers, as a reporter in 2022 before moving to the U.S. Ms. Boyle has been working in the industry for four years.

Johann Calhoun - Calhoun is city editor for The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper reflecting the African American experience.  He’s held stints at The Courier Post and Bucks County Courier and has contributed to many other media organizations. He’s taught Computer Assisted Reporting as an adjunct instructor at Temple University and is a past president of The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.

Uriel Rendón - Rendón serves the Hispanic community of Philadelphia as senior vice-president for marketing and communications for Esperanza and General Manager of Impacto Media, publishers of Impacto Newspaper and Impacto Digital. A pioneer in the Spanish language communications and marketing industries, he was a part of the entrepreneurial teams that brought both Telemundo and Univision to the Philadelphia Market. He established the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and in recent years, reinvigorated La Mega Radio and launched as a complete start-up EL Zol Media.

About participanting news organizations:

The Philadelphia Tribune

With a rich history of growth and advocacy that closely mirrors the nation’s Civil Rights progress, The Philadelphia Tribune is the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper reflecting the African-American experience.

In 1884, Christopher James Perry, Sr., an ambitious and civic-minded leader in the African-American community founded the Tribune when he was only 28 years old. Then called The Weekly Tribune, the newspaper began modestly, as a one-page, one-man operation dedicated to promoting the interests of African Americans in the city of Philadelphia.

In 1989, Robert W. Bogle became president of the Tribune, after serving as executive vice president, treasurer and director of marketing and advertising.

Bogle has led the paper through another series of well-timed expansions: the launches of the Sunday Tribune (making the Tribune a five-day publication), Tribune Magazine, and In keeping with the major issues of the times, The Philadelphia Tribune has introduced annual special editions dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., Black History Month and The Yearbook (featuring high school graduates).

Bogle has also introduced various events (Christopher J. Perry/Carter G. Woodson Black History Luncheon, Women of Achievement, Student Achievers and The Tribune’s signature event — Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans) to showcase and highlight the African American achievements in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Through it all, the Tribune has amassed hundreds of awards for writing, photography, and significantly, public service. The recognition ranges from The A. Phillip Randolph Messenger Award for Outstanding Journalism in the area of civil rights to the “Russward Award” for Best Newspaper in America.

The Philadelphia Tribune is more than a newspaper. It continues to tell the story of African Americans in print and online, and host events under the umbrella of The Philadelphia Tribune Media Group.

The Delaware Valley Italian-American Herald

The Delaware Valley Italian-American Herald is the only monthly printed publication that serves the Italian-American community in the Greater Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Delaware regions.

Published by Today Media, the Italian-American Herald helps preserve Italian heritage, culture, and tradition for all generations.

Available in print and online, the Italian-American Herald reaches audiences via distribution at strategic locations, mailed subscriptions to 22 states, their website, e-newsletters, social media, and through special events.

The Italian-American Herald produces special sections including Italian-American Professionals, Dining In & Out, Italian-American Achievers, Immigrant Stories, Spring and Holiday Gift Guides, plus Veteran, Italian-American Month, and Holiday Greetings.

Hellenic News of America

The Hellenic News is not just a news source but a driving force behind informed, inspired, and united Greek Americans. Founder and Chairman Paul Kotrotsios, MBA is committed to informing, enlightening, inspiring, and uniting the Greek American community, a mission the Hellenic News has proudly upheld since 1987. The platform empowers the community to preserve and propagate the Greek heritage and identity.

While technology has reshaped the landscape of reporting, they remain steadfast in maintaining the gold standard. They offer true reporting of community events and human-interest stories. With a blend of online reporting and a social media presence, they ensure digital access complements their true print form. Their articles are published in both English and Greek, expanding their readership and popularity.

The Hellenic News has supported scholarships, charitable endeavors, and sponsored numerous events for worthy causes.

Impacto Media

Impacto Latin Newspaper is a weekly Spanish-language publication, with a very large readership among the near 600,000 Latinos living in the region that comprises Eastern South-Central Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Northern Delaware. This publication is the fastest growing Hispanic newspaper in the area and is currently distributed in some 17 counties across the region, including places like Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Wilmington, Vineland, Camden and Atlantic City, among other locations.

Irish Star US launched in February 2023 with the tagline: The Voice of Irish America.

Their goal is to be a voice that bridges the gap between the two countries in a way that hasn’t been done before.

The Irish Star has reporters dotted across the United States and Ireland with an ambition to shine a light on the Irish in America, their issues and the stories that matter to them.

They also bring the best news from home to ex-pats and ensure that they’re always up to date with the latest Irish and American news.

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