Retirement Issues 2011

Date: June 12-15th, 2011
Location: Washington, DC.

As both political parties push proposals for long-term deficit reduction, Social Security and Medicare are in the crosshairs. We’ll have leading experts on these topics, as well as a meeting with the Treasury Department’s Mark Iwry, a key advisor to the secretary on retirement savings, health care, and employee benefits.

With Baby Boomers moving deeper into their golden years, retirement resources and lifestyle choices loom ever larger. In one recent survey, only 13 percent of Americans said they feel ‘very confident’ they can retire comfortably. The National Press Foundation’s 7th Retirement Issues Program will help journalists keep up with the changes. Fellows will have on-the-record access to leading retirement experts from the federal government, think tanks and interest groups.

US-based business, consumer and lifestyle writers and editors, as well as editorial writers, will take away a wealth of new story ideas, sources and methods.

Speakers will include:

  • J. Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor for Retirement and Health Policy, Treasury Department
  • Wilhelmina Leigh, Senior Research Associate, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration
  • Dallas Salisbury, President and CEO, Employee Benefit Research Institute
  • Diane Oakley, Executive Director, National Institute on Retirement Security

Our experts will address such topics as:

  • Health Care (and Long-Term care) in Retirement
  • What to Expect From Social Security
  • How Low-Income Earners Can Prepare for Retirement
  • Demographics of Aging
  • Watching out for Financial Fraud
  • Retirement Careers
  • Private Sector Retirement Issues
  • the Future of Public Pensions
  • … and more.

The program will include journalist-only discussions about reporting issues, lots of time for Q&A, and a chance to see a bit of our nation’s capital. Click here to view Power Points, hear podcasts, and access resources from the 2010 Retirement Issues Program.

Fifteen fellowships will be awarded to qualified print, broadcast and online journalists. Selected journalists will be notified 2 to 4 weeks after the application deadline.

Underwritten by: Prudential Financial, Inc. and the NPF Programs Fund. Our guidelines for program sponsors are here.

Resources

  • Keynote Address: Retirement Issues [download]
    Phil Waldeck [read bio]
    Sr. Vice President, Pension and Structured Solutions, Prudential Financial, Inc.
  • Demographics Of Aging [download]
    Stephen C. Goss [read bio]
    Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration
  • Demographics Of Aging [download]
    Stephen C. Goss [read bio]
    Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration
  • Overview of Retirement in the Private Sector [download]
    Dallas Salisbury [read bio]
    President and CEO, Employee Benefit Research Institute
  • Overview of Retirement in the Private Sector [download]
    Dallas Salisbury [read bio]
    President and CEO, Employee Benefit Research Institute
  • The Future of Public Pensions [download]
    Diane Oakley [read bio]
    Executive Director, National Institute on Retirement Security
  • The Future of Public Pensions [download]
    Diane Oakley [read bio]
    Executive Director, National Institute on Retirement Security
  • Social Security Reform: Putting it in Perspective [download]
    Isabel Sawhill [read bio]
    Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Social Security Reform: Putting it in Perspective [download]
    Isabel Sawhill [read bio]
    Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Women, Widows and Financial Transitions [download]
    Harriet Johnson Brackey [read bio]
    Financial Planner, The Enrichment Group and former personal finance journalist
  • Women, Widows and Financial Transitions [download]
    Harriet Johnson Brackey [read bio]
    Financial Planner, The Enrichment Group and former personal finance journalist
  • Paying for Health Care in Retirement: Medicare, Long-term care, Dementia [download]
    Bob Rosenblatt [read bio]
    Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance
  • The Big Shift: New Perspectives on Work in Retirement [download]
    Marci Alboher [read bio]
    Vice President, Civic Ventures
  • Obstacles to Saving for Retirement [download]
    Wilhelmina Leigh [read bio]
    Senior Research Associate, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Obstacles to Saving for Retirement [download]
    Wilhelmina Leigh [read bio]
    Senior Research Associate, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Rethinking Retirement [download]
    Mary Beth Franklin [read bio]
    Contributing Editor, Crain's Investment News
  • Retirement Solutions for the New Reality [download]
    Mark Iwry [read bio]
    Senior Advisor for Retirement and Health Policy, U.S. Treasury Department

Fellows

  • Patricia Busse
    Oakdale Patch (Patch.com), Editor
  • Hanah Cho
    The Baltimore Sun, Business Reporter
  • Veronica Dagher
    Dow Jones, Reporter
  • Leslie Enriquez
    KAKW Univision Austin, Assignments/ Producer Supervisor- Talent
  • David Hendricks
    San Antonio Express-News, mysanantonio.com, Business writer and columnist
  • Reshma Kapadia
    SmartMoney Magazine, Senior Writer
  • Lisa Lambert
    Reuters, Journalist
  • Jennifer Ludden
    National Public Radio, Correspondent, National Desk
  • Darla Mercado
    InvestmentNews, Reporter
  • Helaine Olen
    Freelance/Penguin Books/Slate, Author/Freelancer
  • Ashleigh Patterson
    Thomson Reuters, Personal Finance Producer
  • Sherisse Pham
    Independent freelance journalist
  • Carrie Porter
    Patch.com, Local Editor
  • Tim Rogers
    Christian Science Monitor, TIME, Miami Herald, Global Post, Correspondent
  • Donna Rosato
    Money Magazine at Time Inc., Senior Writer
  • Carol Simons
    AARP Bulletin and aarp.org, Executive Editor
  • Janet Stewart
    Chicago Tribune (freelance), Contributing Columnist
  • Matt Stroud
    Pittsburgh Quarterly, Staff writer

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