Come and enjoy delicious breakfast bagels and hear political guru Barry Soper talk about his long
and remarkable career as a political journalist plus his prediction for the pending election.
Barry will delight with fantastic insider anecdotes about working with 11 Prime Ministers as this
country’s longest serving political journalist, including a three term stint as chair of the press gallery.
Fresh bagels, with an assortment of toppings, plus tea and coffee all part of the ticket price.
A perfect opportunity to meet Barry and other politically curious PR professionals.
The location is Google Wynyard Central, 10 Madden St. Plenty of parking. See you there and feel free
to bring a friend!
Your presenter is..
Barry Soper has been a journalist since the 1970’s with the last two decades spent in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. He is the longest serving member of the gallery and the country’s most experienced political broadcast journalist and is widely considered a political guru.Barry came to the gallery as political editor for private radio but during his time he has made endless appearances on television commentating on politics. He has also fronted Counterpoint for TVNZ, Right of Reply, an interview show in the leadup to the last election for Saturn, and Absolutely Soper, a light hearted weekly feature which was part of TV2’s late night news, as well as spending time as a radio talkback host. He also served an unprecedented three terms as chairman of the press gallery.
Through his work he has known and travelled abroad with seven Prime Ministers, the first of whom was Rob Muldoon. He has also met some of the most celebrated world leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter, most of the Australian Prime Ministers, among them Paul Keating who once called him a “blow fly”, and President Bill Clinton.
Barry is currently Newstalk ZB’s senior political correspondent.
This event is kindly sponsored by
Thanks to Google and Telum Media for their generous venue hosting