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Discussing Issues That Shape Our Future
The Club does not take sides, our speakers do


The mission of the Columbia Basin Badger Club is to stimulate civil discourse on issues of importance to our community and society.

"Newspapers are Dying. Who Cares?"
August 15, 2019 11:30 - 1:00 Forum

Newspapers across the country are closing or being consolidated, leaving “news deserts” — communities with no local media coverage. Since 2004, more than 1,700 weekly newspapers and more than 60 dailies have closed across the nation, and many newspapers are only a shadow of what they once were as staffs have been slashed. How bad is it here and elsewhere? Does it matter? Are there promising alternatives for local news? The Columbia Basin Badger Club will explore these questions at its August 15th session.

Speakers: will include Joyce Terhaar, former executive editor and senior vice president of The Sacramento Bee, now semi-retired and a contract editor at CALmatters, a nonprofit journalism startup in Sacramento and board member of the American Society of News Editors; and Ken Robertson, retired executive editor of the Tri-City Herald and current member of the Herald editorial board and wine columnist for Wine Press Northwest magazine and

They will discuss what’s going on in the news industry and what having a newspaper has meant to the Tri-Cities.

Please Register  now for the Badger Club Forum August 15, 2019, at the Richland Shilo Inn.

or Email 
  or Call our message phone at 628-6011

Cost: Member $25, Non-Members $30, Day of Event $35

Update on Forum Price Effective June 2019

President Kirk Williamson's 

Address to Members and Friends  Short Video
 Lunch Forum Prices
Active Member $25.00
Non-Member $30.00
Day of Event $35.00

  • Club membership is open to adults who love to explore ideas.
  • All Badger Forums are open to the public for a fee.
  • The Badger Club meets monthly with a forum that includes lunch, occasionally we have evening meetings.