2011 Chamber Free Enterprise Forum Luncheon, Tuesday, September 20th, to Feature Media Executive Richard Tofel of Pulitzer Prize Winning “ProPublica” as Speaker

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and Free Enterprise Forum today announced that Richard Tofel, General Manager of the Pulitzer Prize � Winning �ProPublica,� will be the featured speaker at the upcoming 2011 Chamber Free Enterprise Forum Luncheon � underwritten by University of Virginia Community Credit Union.   The Luncheon gathers and begins at 11:30 AM, Tuesday, September 20th, at the Holiday Inn � University Area, on Emmet Street in Charlottesville.  Each year upwards of 200 business persons and civic leaders or more are expected to attend this engaging event � featuring a topical public policy issue of general interest to area business and civic leaders. �Richard Tofel has been at the center of leading edge media his entire professional career,� said Robert P. Hodous, partner at Payne & Hodous, who serves as 2011 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors.  �His insight into where we�re headed both nationally and in localities will certainly offer an eyeful.�  Free Enterprise Forum President Neil Williamson said, �We are proud to bring a person of Mr. Tofel�s stature to our community.  The ProPublica newsroom is leading a change it what information consumers expect from media sources.� Richard Tofel is General Manager of ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize-winning non-profit investigative journalism newsroom.  At ProPublica, Mr. Tofel has responsibility for all of the non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance and human resources.  He was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal and, earlier, an assistant managing editor of the paper, vice president, corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and an assistant general counsel of Dow Jones.  More recently, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier as president & chief operating officer of the International Freedom Center, a museum and cultural center that was planned for the World Trade Center site. Mr. Tofel is the author of "Eight Weeks in Washington, 1861: Abraham Lincoln and the Hazards of Transition�; "Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism"; "Sounding the Trumpet: The Making of John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address"; "Vanishing Point: The Disappearance of Judge Crater, and the New York He Left Behind"; and, "A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939". More than 200 business and community leaders are expected to attend the 2011 Chamber Luncheon.  Cost to attend is $40 per Chamber and Free Enterprise Forum members or guests.  For more information contact the Chamber at: 434.295.3141

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