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Columnist Peggy Noonan set as NACDS Annual Meeting speaker

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Author and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan will speak at the upcoming National Association of Chain Drug Stores Annual Meeting.

NACDS said Monday that Noonan is scheduled for the first Business Program session on Sunday morning, April 22. As previously announced, author and business expert Jim Collins is set to speak in the second Business Program session on Tuesday, April 24.

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Peggy Noonan

The 2018 NACDS Annual Meeting runs April 21 to 24 in Palm Beach, Fla.

“I am looking forward to the Sunday Business Program and to welcoming Peggy Noonan to the NACDS Annual Meeting,” NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson said in a statement. “NACDS members are going to really enjoy and benefit from a truly gifted professional who has written words and captured feelings that have shaped history.”

Noonan won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 2017, and NACDS said her work as a Wall Street Journal columnist has been described by Forbes magazine as “principled, perceptive, persuasive and patriotic.” The Wall Street Journal has featured her weekly “Declarations” column since 2000.

She also has served as a special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan, including contributions to Reagan’s leadership after the space shuttle Challenger disaster and his commemoration of the 40th anniversary of D-Day.

In addition, Noonan is as a political analyst on television and has authored best-selling books on U.S. politics, history and culture. Her most recent book, The Time of our Lives, chronicles her career in journalism, the Reagan White House and the political arena. She also is one of 10 historians and writers who contributed essays on the American presidency for the book Character Above All.

NACDS added that, among Noonan’s extensive recognitions, the living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor selected her for the Award for Media Excellence in 2010.


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