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Register Publisher to Headline 2013 CommWeek Events

April 16, 2013

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Aaron Kushner, publisher of the Orange County Register and CEO of Freedom Communications

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Aaron Kushner, publisher of the Orange County Register and CEO of Freedom Communications will talk about the Register's efforts to expand the depth of news coverage, invest in journalists and introduce new programs as one of the featured speakers at the 35th annual CommWeek activities, sponsored by Cal State Fullerton's College of Communications.

Kushner will speak from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Portola Pavilion of the Titan Student Union.

The weeklong event, April 22-28, is student-produced and includes a wide range of programs throughout the communications industry. In addition to Kushner, other speakers scheduled include:

  • George Lewis, retired NBC news correspondent and winner of three Emmys, the George Foster Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards
  • CSUF alumnus Francisco Valle '85 (MBA), vice president, marketing, community relations and special project, Tri-City Medical Center
  • John McClintock, senior publicist at Disneyland Resort
  • Jose Xicohtencatl, senior account executive at Edelman

Another of the week's highlights will be "Project Vietnam," a program featuring communications students discussing their recent trip to Vietnam as part of one of their courses. Students wrote, photographed and filmed the trip as part of their class assignment. The program will be the culmination of that assignment.

"CommWeek offers our students the chance to put into practice what they've learned in their classes over the years," said Waleed Rashidi, CommWeek adviser and lecturer in communications. "They are responsible for booking speakers, promoting the events, preparing rooms, building websites and more. This is their opportunity to coordinate the many details of setting up events and conferences."

Most events are free and open to the public. Parking for campus visitors is $2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Monday though Friday; free on weekends. Details available online.

For a complete schedule of CommWeek events, visit:

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