Brunch at the Gardens

Your Ticket Includes:

Brunch Buffet | Silent Auction | Beverages | Access to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture park | A National Treasure:
Fred Meijer, His Collection and Legacy | The Butterfly Exhibit! | Speaker Renee Montagne

WGVU’s Brunch at the Gardens presented by PNC Bank

Join WGVU Public Media on Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. for Brunch at the Gardens: A Toast With Your NPR Hosts as we honor the work of our local NPR team with special guest, NPR Special Correspondent, Renee Montagne.

Guests will enjoy highlights from some of our favorite stories of the past year as well as giving our hosts a chance to discuss what projects they have in the works for 2019. We’re excited to have Shelley Irwin of The Morning Show and Jennifer Moss of Morning Edition West Michigan sit down for a conversation with Renee Montagne about the importance of local and national news partnerships as well as their approach to finding and following impactful stories from pitch to publication.

$75 ticket includes 3 drink vouchers, brunch buffet, silent auction, admission to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park after the event (it’s butterfly time!).

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is located at 1000 E. Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Proceeds benefit WGVU 88.5/95.3 FM, your local NPR station.

Special Guest NPR's Renee Montagne

Renee Montagne, one of the best known names in public radio, is a Special Correspondent and Host for NPR News.

Montagne's most recent assignment has been a yearlong collaboration with ProPublica reporter Nina Martin, investigating the alarming rate of maternal mortality in the U.S., as compared to other developed countries. The series, called "Lost Mothers," has won every major award in American journalism, including a Peabody award, a George Polk Award, Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Journalism. The series was also named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.

From 2004 to 2016, Montagne co-hosted NPR's Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. She also co-hosted All Things Considered with Robert Siegel for two years.

After leaving All Things Considered, Montagne traveled to South Africa in early 1990, arriving to report there on the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Four years later, she and a small team of NPR reporters were awarded an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for their coverage of the country's historic elections that elevated Mandela to the Presidency.

Since 9/11, Montagne has made ten extended reporting trips to Afghanistan. She has traveled to every major city, from Kabul to Kandahar, to peaceful villages, and to places where conflict raged. She has profiled Afghanistan's presidents and power brokers, but focused on the stories of Afghans at the heart of that complex country: school girls, farmers, mullahs, poll workers, soldiers, midwives, and warlords. Her coverage has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, and, for stories on Afghan women in particular, by the Gracie Awards.

One of her most cherished honors dates to her days as a freelance reporter in the '80s, when Montagne was awarded "First Place in Radio" by the National Association of Black Journalists for a series on African American musicians marching to the wars of the 20th century.

Montagne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley. Her career includes teaching broadcast writing at New York University's Graduate Department of Journalism (now the Carter Institute).

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is located at 1000 E. Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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