At any moment John Voket can call on a virtual Swiss Army Knife of experience he has amassed working in a variety of situations over the past four-plus decades. He is an award winning journalist and broadcaster; a public relations, cause marketing, and event management consultant; a popular entertainer, musician, DJ and MC; and has pledged thousands of hours assisting dozens of nonprofits, charities and grassroots causes. John’s core work is currently centered around The Newtown Bee where he has been a reporter, photographer and Associate Editor since 2002. In his capacity as Director of Public Affairs for Connoisseur Media, John is in his 27th year producing the award-winning ‘For the People’ public affairs program, which airs across the state on 99.1-WPLR / STAR 99.9 / 95.9-The FOX / 102.9-The Whale, and the Voice of Connecticut AM network – and podcasts on iTunes. He is the treasurer of the Board of Directors for the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA); an esteemed judge for the annual New England Better Newspaper Competition; and recently accepted a board seat supporting the Charles Ives Authority for the Performing Arts. John has spent more than 30 years handling entertainment, music and concert reviews, interviews and photography for various outlets, and has been a professional musician, entertainer and DJ for just as long. He has additional experience as an Associated Press stringer; as Communications Director for the Bridgeport Regional Business Council; communications assistant for the United Way of Northern Fairfield County; is a contributing Associate Editor, and blogs as the ‘Consumer Confidant’ for the global Real Estate information network RISMedia. Follow him on Twitter @jvoket.[/vc_column_text]