Commerce Secretary to Address AP Meeting

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(AP) Don Evans, secretary of commerce and President Bush’s chief salesman for tax reforms and the administration’s economic plan, will address publishers and news executives at the AP Annual Meeting luncheon on April 28.

The AP Annual Meeting and luncheon is on the opening day of the Newspaper Association of America’s annual convention, held this year at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, April 27-30.

Michael K. Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, also an AP guest, will speak to the convention on Monday as part of the NAA program.

AP’s Annual Meeting, set for 10:30 a.m., includes a panel discussion moderated by AP President and CEO Louis D. Boccardi on the war in Iraq, on the challenges faced by journalists covering the war, and on the economic and political challenges ahead. AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll and AP White House Correspondent Ron Fournier will share the stage in Seattle and other AP journalists will be linked by satellite from the field.

Burl Osborne, publisher emeritus of The Dallas Morning News and chairman of the AP Board of Directors, will lead a tribute to Boccardi, who retires this summer, after which Boccardi will respond with an address to members.

Osborne also will introduce Tom Curley, president and publisher of USA Today since 1991, who will succeed Boccardi as AP president and chief executive on June 1. Curley will become the 12th person to lead the AP since its founding in 1848.

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