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2023 Keynote Speaker:
Tony Norman


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The Northeast Regional Honors Council is excited to announce Tony Norman as our 2023 Keynote Speaker!


Tony Norman is an award-winning columnist and feature writer. After 34 years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he also served as a member of the newspaper's editorial board from 1999-2016, Tony left to write columns for NEXTpittsburgh, a hyper-local news website. He will debut a podcast on that platform in January 2023.


Mr. Norman's work has garnered both local and national awards, including a one-year Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2005-2006. He  taught journalism at Chatham University from 2002-2018.

Mr. Norman recently served as the president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He is the current chair of the International Free Expression Project (IFEP), which "works with with artists, activists, storytellers, innovators, teachers, organizations and people of all types and at all levels of society to encourage creative expression and amplify the message that, if you stand by when someone else is silenced, you too may be silenced one day."


Tony Norman was a political science major at Calvin University where he spent an unhealthy amount of time working on the student newspaper as a cartoonist and controversial movie reviewer.

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