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Member Papers Celebrate AP’s 150th

April 19, 1998

DALLAS (AP) _ Member publishers and editors of The Associated Press will mark the news cooperative’s 150th anniversary at its annual meeting Monday with special guest speakers, celebrities and a dinner celebration.

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee, will be the featured speaker at the annual AP luncheon following the meeting.

The meeting and luncheon are attended by executives representing AP’s 1,523 daily newspapers. They are the opening events of the first full day of activities of the Newspaper Association of America’s convention.

AP chairman Donald E. Newhouse and president and chief executive officer Louis D. Boccardi will make presentations on the state of the AP.

Boccardi also will moderate a panel discussion with four AP bureau chiefs and a senior correspondent about news from the White House, the Kremlin, the Middle East and Asia’s tumbling markets.

The panel, titled ``A Reporter’s Tour of the Day’s Headlines,″ will include chief of Middle East services Earleen Fisher, Moscow bureau chief Barry Renfrew, Indonesia bureau chief Geoff Spencer, Washington bureau chief Jon Wolman and White House correspondent Terry Hunt.

The meeting also will include results of the election for the board of directors, held by all-mail balloting.

There were 12 candidates for six seats, and two candidates in a separate election to represent a city of less than 50,000 population.

The ``Best of Texas″ dinner marking the 150th anniversary, sponsored by A.H. Belo Corp. and The Dallas Morning News, is expected to attract former President George Bush, Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Ross Perot Jr. and Bill Bates of the Dallas Cowboys.

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