Celebrate award winners, special guest at MIASF’s annual meeting May 18, 2016

MIASF will be hosting its annual meeting and awards dinner June 4 at the Broward Center for Performing Arts in the Riverview Ballroom. Members and guests are invited to join as we celebrate the theme “Advocating for the Community” with guest speaker Howard Saltz, publisher and editor in chief of the Sun Sentinel.

Tickets are $100 per person, or $1,200 for a Captain’s Table of 10. Free valet will be provided, and guests may arrive by boat as well. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit

The recipient of this year’s Golden Anchor Award is Bob Roscioli. Throughout his lifetime in the industry, Bob has led by example through his engagement in finding solutions to workforce issues as well as continuing to invest in his facility.

Winners of MIASF’s Awards of Excellence will also be announced at the dinner. The Golden Anchor Award recognizes a lifetime of industry contribution and achievement, and the Awards of Excellence recognize significant contributions over the past year.

Last year’s Golden Anchor Award winner was the Morley family, and Awards of Excellence went to Jimmie Harrison, the U.S. Coast Guard District 7 Bridge Administration Branch and the Florida Inland Navigation District.

Keynote speaker Howard Saltz was editor of the Sun Sentinel for four years until earlier this year, when he assumed the dual role of publisher and editor-in-chief. He is responsible for content in all products, in all formats, in a platform-agnostic newsroom. He’s also responsible for the day-to-day business of the company, including overseeing directors from each department.

Saltz worked for 25 years for Dean Singleton’s MediaNews Group. He was editor of some of the company’s smaller papers, then became deputy managing editor of the flagship Denver Post in the ‘90s. He became that newspaper’s first digital editor at a time when no one – including Saltz – knew what that meant.

He joined MediaNews Group’s corporate staff in 2006 as vice president for digital content. The job entailed working with editors and publishers at the company’s 55 daily newspapers to develop digital strategies. When MediaNews Group filed for bankruptcy in 2010, Saltz took it as a sign to go skiing. For a year. Then the Sun Sentinel called.

As editor, Saltz led the Sun Sentinel to its first Pulitzer Prize: the 2013 Gold Medal for Public Service, considered journalism’s highest honor. The Sun Sentinel newsroom has been cited as one of the country’s most innovative in integrating digital and print journalism.

Born and raised in New York City, Saltz is a graduate of the State University of New York. Saltz is also chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a frequent speaker at universities and to community and industry groups.

He has been a Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Saltz lives in Boca Raton with his wife, Sari Padorr, a former TV reporter whose first book was published by HarperCollins in 2015, and their 13-year-old daughter.

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