The Northneighbor News
  • Annual Chamber Awards Dinner Features Media Speakers

  • Eric Nuzum from National Public Radio and Karen Kasler, Statehouse Bureau Chief of Ohio Public Radio and TV, will speak on Wednesday, March 15.

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  • The North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Dinner will be held Wednesday, March 14, at the University Center at Kent State Stark.
    Registration and networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m.
    The Chamber will be honoring its members with awards in several categories, including: Business of the Year, Economic Development, Community Service, Chamber Appreciation, Community Leadership and Volunteer of the Year.
    Following the awards presentation, National Public Radio’s Eric Nuzum and the Statehouse Bureau’s Chief of Ohio Public Radio and TV Karen Kasler will discuss Ohio’s role in the 2012 elections.
    Nuzum is currently serving as Vice President for Programming at NPR. He is a Canton native and a graduate of Kent State University. He served as WKSU’s program director for six years. Nuzum was the recipient of the 2002 Radio Television Digital News Association National Edward R Murrow Award for Newswriting and several other national, state, and local awards for radio production and writing.
    His award-winning book, “The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula,” was published in September 2007 and his upcoming memoir, “Giving Up The Ghost,” will be published by Random House this summer.
    Kasler is a lifelong Ohioan who’s worked in public and commercial broadcasting in Columbus, Cleveland, and now at the statehouse. She was selected as a Fellow in the Kiplinger Master’s Program for Mid-Career Journalists at The Ohio State University in 1994. She’s been the moderator and a panelist for nationally televised debates on Issue 2 and for U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races. She’s reported for NPR and Marketplace, and has been featured on PBS’ “Newshour.”
    Kasler has been honored by the Associated Press Broadcasters, the Cleveland Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists and the national Association of Capitol Editors and Reporters. She’s been nominated three times for an Emmy for her work producing and hosting the Bureau’s weekly TV talk show “The State of Ohio.”
    The dinner is open to the public and reservations can be made by calling the North Canton Chamber at (330) 499-5100. Cost is $45.