PCLI Presidential History

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The Press Club of Long Island was launched in 1974 and has been served by a number of presidents over the last 40-plus years. There have been 23 presidents in the Press Club’s history.

Only one person has served during two separate tenures (Stuart Vincent), two people have served a four-year tenure in office (Chris Vaccaro and Carol Pack) and six are members of the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame (Karl Grossman, Bob Greene, Carolyn James, Bill Bleyer, Vicky Katz Whitaker and Carl Corry).

Here’s the rundown of PCLI Presidents (*signifies Hall of Famer):

  • Karl Grossman, 1974-1975*
  • Robert W. Greene, 1975-1976*
  • Robert Cohen, 1976-1977
  • Mike Hanrahan, 1977-1978
  • Hank Roden, 1978-1979
  • Vicky Penner Katz Whitacker, 1979-1980*
  • Steve Dunlop, 1980-1981
  • James Bernstein, 1981-1982
  • Mitchell Freedman, 1982-1983
  • Shirley Perlman, 1984-1985
  • John McDonald, 1985-1986
  • Bill Bleyer, 1986-1989*
  • Stuart Vincent, 1989-1990 and 1992-1993
  • Vicky Metz, 1990-1992
  • Fran Evans, 1993-1994
  • Carolyn James, 1994-1996*
  • Doug Love, 1996-1998
  • Carol Pack, 1998-2002
  • Carl Corry, 2002-2005*
  • Robert Lipper, 2005-2008
  • John O’Connell, 2008-2011
  • Dominick Miserandino, 2011-2014
  • Chris R. Vaccaro, 2014-Present