Johnston Lecture

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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.

2013 Johnston Lecture

Charles Jaco

Charles JacoJaco 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."

Thursday, April 25, 2013

5:30 p.m.

Events Room 142/144 at the White Stag Block

A reception will immediately follow.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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Past Lectures:

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