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Word by Word 2018

On October 10, 2018, we held a fun fundraiser with Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, co-hosts of San Diego’s popular radio show A Way with Words! The show celebrated the launch of its first national tour by honoring San Diego County leaders who build better understanding through language. The evening included a lively preview of the new A Way with Words touring show, awards to three great communicators, a cocktail reception (with beer, wine, and a signature drink), hors d’oeuvres, dinner (including a meat, fish, or vegetarian option), dessert, and fundraising activities — including a live auction of dinner for four with Martha and Grant at an exclusive San Diego restaurant. There was a lively audience of some 300 public radio listeners and civic-minded San Diegans. Also check out our Word by Word 2017 Recap.

Plan of the Evening

5 p.m.   VIP Reception

6 p.m.   General Reception

7–8:30 p.m.   Dinner and Program

The Venue

Parq West, 2557 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. This beautiful venue is within easy walking distance of Balboa Park.

A Way with Words is independently produced without funds from NPR or KPBS, which means we rely on your donations and sponsorships to produce our show! If you can’t make it to the event, you can make a donation to show your support.

Our 2018 Honorees

Toni G. Atkins was elected in 2018 as California’s first woman Senate President Pro Tem. Prior to that, she was San Diego’s first ever Speaker of the State Assembly. She first began serving our communities in the mid-1980s as director of clinic services at Womancare Health Center and later as a San Diego City Councilmember from 2000 to 2008, which included her position as acting Mayor in 2005, before being elected to the State Assembly in 2010. Throughout her career in government and public service, Toni has authored laws to help small businesses, preserve dignity for transgender individuals, protect wildlife, assist victims of domestic violence, protect our environment, ensure coastal access, address our housing and homeless crisis, and strengthen family justice centers, among other accomplishments.  Read Senator Atkins’ full bio here.


Barry Edelstein is the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre. He is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. Recognized as one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare, he has directed nearly half of the Bard’s plays. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008–2012), Mr. Edelstein oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions as well as its educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. His book Thinking Shakespeare is the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Read more about Barry Edelstein here.

Dr. Maria Nieto Senour is the current President of the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees. First elected in 1990, she was the first Latina elected to a city-wide school or college board office in San Diego. A former elementary school teacher and counselor, she recently retired from the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University, where she directed the Community Based Block (CBB) program, which specializes in preparing counselors from diverse ethnic groups to be multicultural specialists. She is very active in the San Diego community, having served on various boards in the city and as a consultant to local, state, and national groups with a focus on creating community dialogues on race relations and planning. Read more about Dr. Nieto Senour here.

The Venue

Parq West, 2557 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. This beautiful venue is within easy walking distance of Balboa Park.


From I-5 North exit Sixth Avenue and turn right. Turn Left on Maple, then right on Third Ave. Parq West will be on your right.

From I-5 South exit Kettner Blvd and take the exit toward Sassafras Street, turn left on Laurel, then left on Third Ave. Parq West will be on your right.


Valet parking is available for a fee, and there is free parking available on the street and in the Union Bank lot directly adjacent to Parq West.