Former KTVU Political Editor Randy Shandobil will be the featured speaker at the Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, March 10, 2011, meeting. The meeting will be held at a special location: the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette.

The club's social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and Shandobil's presentation to begin at 8 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

During the club's business meeting, we are expecting to hear from Central Contra Costa County Sanitation District Director Mike McGill as part of our series of presentations from local elected officials.

Shandobil will provide an overview about the media based on his years of experience. His perspective should prove valuable as our club members prepare for what is shaping up to be a busy 2011 and 2012 in the political world.

Shandobil retired as the Political Editor at KTVU-Channel 2 in November 2010 as one of the most respected political reporters in broadcast journalism. In November 2007, Shandobil won the Society of Professional Journalists' "Career Achievement Award." A national panel of judges also unanimously  selected Shandobil for the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political  Journalism in 2005 for his coverage of the 2004 presidential campaign. This was his second consecutive Cronkite Award, the first for his 2003 coverage of the 2002 California Governor’s race.

Shandobil has also won eight Emmy Awards, Gold and Bronze Medals at the New York International Film and Television Festival, the Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the California Journalism Award for excellence in political reporting four times, most recently in 2003.

In September 2003, Shandobil moderated the first debate for the California Recall election. In the 2002 Governor's race, he was a panelist for the only debate between California Governor Gray Davis and his Republican challenger, Bill Simon.

We hope you can join us for what should be an engaging and informative conversation about the today's media.
Prior to becoming KTVU's Political Editor, Shandobil handled general assignment reporting and produced "The Ten O'Clock News." He first started at KTVU Channel 2 News in 1978.

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