The Richard W. Johnston Memorial Project brings professionals to the school for campus lectures, workshops, and discussions with students, faculty members, and members of the community. It honors Dick Johnston, a gifted magazine editor, writer, and war correspondent who devoted himself to high-quality journalism. The project was made possible with generous gifts from his widow, Laurie; George E. Jones of U.S. News and World Report; and the Correspondents Fund.
Johnston, a 1936 graduate of the school, began his career as a news reporter during the Great Depression, working for the Eugene Register Guard and the Eugene Daily News. He went to Portland with United Press and during WWII had a distinguished career as a correspondent in the Pacific theater. He is best known for founding and shaping Sports Illustrated, where he served as executive editor until his death in 1981 at the age of 66.
Jaco has had a robust career with NBC, CNN, CBS and Fox, where he’s covered wars, riots, and countless earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. He has also covered political news from Congress, the White House, and the Pentagon. He has won two Edward R. Murrow awards, six National Headliner awards, and many other national and international journalism awards; two programs on which he worked have received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. He has written for Rolling Stone, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, Esquire, the Los Angeles Times, and the Miami Herald. Jaco is the author of four books--two history and political analysis (Guide to the Gulf War and Guide to the Politics of Oil) and two novels (Dead Air and Live Shot).He currently is a reporter for Fox 2 News and a talk program host for KMOX in St. Louis. He’s a graduate of the University of Chicago, and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University.
The National Association of Broadcasters voted Jaco "One of America's top five large market radio personalities." The Achievement in Radio awards has named Jaco St. Louis's Best Talk Host two years in a row. Talkers magazine lists Jaco as "One of America's 100 Most Influential Talk Hosts."
Events Room 142/144 at the White Stag Block
A reception will immediately follow.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
2012 Alex Kotlowitz, Bearing Witness: Storytelling and Human Rights
2011 Jonathon Gold, Experts in the Age of Citizen Journalism
2010 Andrew Revkin, noted environmental writer and blogger for The New York Times on dot earth.
2009 Tony Horwitz, author of five books including A Voyage Long and Strange
2008 Peggy Orenstein, NYT contributing writer and author of Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids and Life in a Half-Changed World; Waiting for Daisy, and Schoolgirls.
2007 Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, a 2006 MacArthur Fellow, author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
2006 Benoit Denizet-Lewis, contributing writer The New York Times Magazine
2005 Erik Larson, author of Isaac's Storm
2004 Melissa Fay Greene, author, Last Man Out; The Temple Bombing
2003 Terry Tempest Williams, author, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert
2002 Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, No Matter How Loud I Shout; Baby ER
2001 Susan Orlean, contributing writer, The New Yorker and author, The Orchid Thief; The Bullfighter Check her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People
2000 Alex Kotlowitz, author, There Are No Children Here; The Other Side of the River
1999 Peter Matthiessen, author, The Snow Leopard; In the Spirit of Crazy Horse; Zen Journals
1998 Randall Rothenberg, former contributing editor, Esquire; author, Where the Suckers Moon
1997 Barbara Ehrenreich, columnist, Time magazine; author, The Snarling Citizen
1996 James Fallows, The Atlantic Monthly
1995 Victor Navasky, The Nation
1993 Robin Morgan, Ms. magazine
1991 Ambassador "Bill" Lane Jr., Sunset magazine
1990 David Haupert, Magazine Group of Meredith Corporation
1990 Jack Fincher, Reader's Digest, Smithsonian
1988 Suzanne Braun Levine, former editor and vice president, Ms. magazine
1987 Richard Stolley, former editor of Life magazine
1986 Harold Hayes, former editor of Esquire
1984 Ray Cave, Time magazine