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LES DC event: Fake News: Confessions of an Ex-CNN Journalist

When: Sunday, March 8th
12:15 - 1:30 pm
Where: Kenwood Golf and Country Club
5601 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland  20816
United States
Contact: Ray Van Dyke
(202) 378-3903

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Greater Washington, D.C., LES Chapter presents:

Fake News: Confessions of an Ex-CNN Journalist

Luncheon with Speaker


Sunday, March 8th
12:15 - 1:30 pm


Kenwood Golf and Country Club
5601 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20816


From 495 take River Road (Washington) exit #39 south, bear on to River Road going south for 3 miles to Springfield Drive. Turn left at the traffic light there, and enter Kenwood Country Club.


Before February 21

LES Member: $45.00
Non-Member: $55.00
Student: $45.00


After February 21

LES Member: $50.00
Non-Member: $60.00
Student: $50.00


Program Description:

For twenty-five years, (1988-2013), John DeDakis was deeply involved in CNN’s coverage of almost every major national and international news story, retiring in 2013 as a Senior Copy Editor of CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. The “fake news” phenomenon will be front and center when he speaks at the noon luncheon of the National Capital Lawyers Auxiliary on Sunday March 8. He’ll explore the question “whatever happened to objectivity?” and discuss ways to lower the temperature in the current climate of toxic political discourse. 

This event is a good event for also bringing your spouses. Registrations must be received by 2/27/2020. After this date, it may not be possible to register.


John DeDakis

Journalist, novelist, and writing coach John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." DeDakis is the author of five novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. His fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, is the winner of Reviewers Choice, Foreword INDIES, and Feathered Quill book awards. In his most recent novel, Fake, Lark is a White House correspondent dealing with “fake news” in the era of #MeToo. DeDakis, a former White House correspondent during the Reagan administration, lives in Baltimore. He regularly teaches novel writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda and the Politics & Prose Bookstore in D.C. He is also a jazz drummer. Website: www.johndedakis.com


This event is co-hosted by: 

National Capital Lawyers Auxiliary


The Washington, D.C., Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.


Cancellations are non-refundable after February 27.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact Chapter Relations at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.

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