By: Joe Strupp
A flood Tuesday at the hotel where the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) is holding its annual convention has forced the group to move its convention events to another location, ASNE Director Scott Bosley said.
“It became evident that we would have to move,” Bosley said. “Our goal is to have nothing else change and all events are still on schedule.”
A 9 a.m. pipe break at the J.W. Marriott hotel here flooded the main ballroom and several meeting rooms where most of the convention’s sessions were planned. Tuesday events were moved to the National Press Club, located next door to the hotel on 14th Street in downtown Washington.
Bosley said the remaining convention events, scheduled to continue through Friday, will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park. He said guests will continue to stay at the J.W. Marriott and the convention’s registration and hospitality area will remain there as well.
Shuttle buses will be used to transport convention-goers from the J.W. Marriott to the Marriott Wardman Park during the remainder of the convention. The relocation is not expected to affect any of the events, which include appearances by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. Tom Daschle, and Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge.