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Friday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Conference Reception with Charlie Paparella

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Embracing the Fire and Water theme, the reception will be held on-site along the beautiful Choptank River, in the Hotel’s Regatta Pavilion. Located right outside the meeting rooms, the pavilion features a fireplace and stunning views of the resort and river. Join your colleagues for some drinks, hors d’oeuvres, firelight, and make-your-own s'mores! In addition to good food, drinks, and conversation the PC and LAC Committees are pleased to host Charlie Paperella, a local journalist, who will regale us with stories of his historic research along the Delmarva Peninsula. According to Charlie, attendees will hear “a little talk, a little music, have a few laughs and learn the answer to the question, 'what is the purpose of a person?' Charlie Paparella was born in 1952 in Paw Paw, Michigan, one of seven children born to a food scientist and a teacher. After a dreadfully misspent youth and an irresolute college career, Charlie tried several occupations including musician, muskrat trapper, printer’s devil, high-school teacher, computer programmer until finally taking a job as a news photographer at WMDT TV in the early 1980’s. He moved to WBOC TV in Salisbury in 1993 where he has somehow managed to remain ever since. In 2002, he was rewarded for his many years of service in hurricanes, blizzards, fires and crime scenes with his own franchise, which he named Travels with Charlie, stealing the title from John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley. He’s earned numerous AP awards over the years, which he proudly displays in an unkempt pile on his desk, which is also equally unkempt. Due solely to pure luck and the unflagging support, guidance, and patience of his wife Becky, he’s managed to keep churning out feature stories while staying pretty much out of trouble ever since. His reports cover people, nature and quite often the early years of the storied past of the Delmarva Peninsula. Charlie lives in Worcester County with Becky and a rescue dog named Bo who, like Steinbeck’s Charley, likes nothing more than to hop in a car and go.


Charlie Paparella

WBOC TV, Salisbury

Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Regatta Pavilion, Hyatt Regency