BY SCOTTIE IVERSON
Keynote speaker Floyd Ciruli
METRO CLUB Fiddler’s Green will celebrate the end of the exhausting midterm elections with an insightful “Power Lunch” at Madden Museum of Art Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Political analyst Floyd Ciruli will be the keynote speaker and will field a Question & Answer session after his presentation.
Ciruli founded Ciruli Associates, a research and consulting firm specializing in public policy and research in 1985. He holds a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree cum laude in political science from UCLA. Ciruli is a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and is past president of the Pacific Chapter of AAPOR (PAPOR), He is director of the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is also an adjunct professor teaching public opinion and foreign policy. In addition, he is a board member of the Social Science Foundation of the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies and past president of Georgetown Law Alumni Board.
Master of ceremonies Ernie Bjorkman
Beginning in 1985, Ciruli assisted with the creation, operation and voter renewals of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Colorado’s unique dedicated tax for funding arts and cultural organizations in the Denver metro area. In 2010, Ciruli received the Rex Morgan Award for service to the cultural community and the SCFD. In 2017, he received the Denver Mayor’s Leadership in the Arts award for significant impact in the arts and culture over the past several decades.
He is widely known to Colorado audiences as a pollster and political analyst for 9KUSA TV, KOA Radio and The Denver Post. Most recently, he writes a regular column for Colorado Politics, the statewide online and print publication for politics. In 2016, Ciruli was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame. He hosts the state’s leading blog for politics and trends at fciruli.blogspot.com.
Master of Ceremonies will be veteran journalist Ernie Bjorkman. The morning news anchor at Channel 2’s Daybreak show, he has been in the business for 46 years. He began in West Palm Beach and went to Atlanta where he covered major stories such as the Atlanta child murders and Jimmy Carter’s run for the White House.
He came to Denver in 1982 where his TV career has been ever since. During an eight-year retirement, Ernie became a veterinarian tech, sold lift tickets at Keystone, went to the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and was living on a boat in Florida when his former station Channel 2 asked him to return as the morning news anchor. He is a recipient of numerous journalistic awards including several Emmys.
Madden Museum of Art is located in the Palazzo Verdi building at 6363 S, Fiddler’s Green Circle in Greenwood Village. Cost per person is $37 or tables of eight. For reservations by check or credit card contact: David Oppenheim 303.947.6784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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