The Delegates’ Luncheon during the Annual Meeting in July will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker. She will share her insights, perceptions and stories from following the 2016 presidential election.
With roots in South Carolina, Parker is a nationally renowned columnist whose work appears regularly in more than 400 newspapers, including several in South Carolina. Describing herself as "slightly to the right of center," she addresses politics, culture and contemporary issues.
Parker won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "her perceptive, often witty columns on an array of political and moral issues, gracefully sharing the experiences and values that lead her to unpredictable conclusions."
A columnist since 1987, Parker has worked for five newspapers from Florida to California and has written for magazines as diverse as The Weekly Standard, TIME, Newsweek, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan and Fortune Small Business. Parker joined the Washington Post Writers Group in 2006, following 11 years with Tribune Media Services.
"We are in for a real treat to hear from a national commentator, such as Kathleen Parker, just days before the Republican convention," said Walterboro Mayor Bill Young, president of the Municipal Association. "With her South Carolina connections, she will offer a unique perspective on this unprecedented election season."
The Delegates’ Luncheon is a ticketed event open to meeting registrants and guests; however, space is limited. Tickets are available to purchase using the Association’s online meeting registration system. Based on availability, tickets will be sold at the meeting.
The deadline to register for the Annual Meeting and to make hotel reservations is June 12. Anyone who misses the deadline must register at the meeting in Charleston. The Association’s registration desk will be open at Charleston Place Hotel beginning Wednesday, July 13, from 4 – 6 p.m.