A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child
This inspirational memoir comes at a time when people need to be reminded about the importance of serving others and the importance of the role of journalists as truth tellers and bastions of our democracy. From his start at the St. Petersburg Times to his time as an editor at the Washington Post to his career-capping leadership as publisher of the Miami Herald, David brought integrity to the field, and to Florida journalism in particular. David Lawrence’s work took him all over the globe and his list of interviews reads like a Who’s Who of movers and shakers of the last 60 years of our history. In addition to this exemplar of journalism, Lawrence’s book also serves as a how-to in founding a nonprofit that can change children’s lives for the better and, along with it, our future. David will be in conversation with Dr. Pedro (Joe) Greer.
David Lawrence, Jr. retired in 1999 as publisher of the Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He chairs The Children’s Movement of Florida, aimed at making children the state’s top priority for investment and decision-making. He has served on the Governor’s Children and Youth Cabinet and twice chaired the Florida Partnership for School Readiness. In 2002 and 2008 he led successful campaigns for The Children’s Trust, a dedicated source of early intervention and prevention funding for children in Miami-Dade; he is the “founding chair.” In 2002-3 he chaired the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Protection, and in 2011 he chaired a similar panel for the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families. In 2002, he was a key figure in passing a statewide constitutional amendment to provide Pre-K for all 4-year-olds. He is the founding chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe. The David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Public School opened in 2006. An endowed chair in early childhood studies is established in his name at the University of Florida College of Education. In 2015 he was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Trustees of Florida A&M University.
Dr. Pedro Greer, Jr., better known as Joe, established Camillus Health Concern and Saint John Bosco health care centers for underserved populations in Miami, Florida. He has published over 25 articles and book chapters on topics from hepatic and digestive disorders to policy, poverty, health, and medical education in the United States. Dr. Greer wrote Waking Up in America, an autobiographical account about his experiences, from providing care to homeless persons under bridges to advising U.S. Presidents George Bush, Sr. and Bill Clinton. Dr. Greer serves in various capacities for national, state, and local organizations, including Trustee at the RAND Corporation and current Chair of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors. Dr. Greer is also on the boards of American Funds and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Greer is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology, and has practiced medicine in Miami, Florida since 1991.
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