The Robert and Mabel Ruhl Endowment, which has supported an annual Ruhl Lecture at the School of Journalism and Communication since 1976, was established by Mabel W. Ruhl, Robert’s widow, to “foster mutually beneficial contact between the School of Journalism and Communication and the mass media.”
It honors Robert W. Ruhl, publisher and editor of the Medford Mail Tribune, who was Oregon’s archetypal crusading small-town newspaperman. His editorial battle against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s earned him the respect of other Oregon journalists, and his paper’s fight against a radical local “populist” movement brought him the Pulitzer Prize in 1934 for distinguished and meritorious public service. Ruhl died in 1967.
2017 Ruhl Lecture
A Deeper Black: Race in America
Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction, national correspondent for The Atlantic
February 3, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive black voices today—“the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer). Coates is the author, most recently, of Between the World and Me, the #1 New York Times bestseller that “will be hailed as a classic of our time” (Publishers Weekly) and which Toni Morrison calls “required reading.”
2016 Ruhl Lecture
Accountability Journalism in the Digital Age
Stephen Engelberg, editor-in-chief of ProPublica
February 18, 2016
Stephen Engelberg is editor-in-chief of ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that uses the moral force of investigative journalism to expose abuses of power and spur reform. He previously founded the investigative unit at The New York Times and served as managing editor of The Oregonian. His work has won two George Polk Awards for reporting, and two projects he supervised won the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the co-author of Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War.
2015 Ruhl Lecture
February 12, 2015
A 30-year veteran of the Journal, Ms. Pensiero considers herself incredibly fortunate to be able to spend her days debating, discussing, upholding and teaching journalism standards and ethics at the Journal’s headquarters in New York and its bureaus around the globe. She works with journalists during the reporting and editing process and is a “final reader” of the Journal’s hardest-hitting articles to ensure that the organization’s work meets the most elevated standards of reporting and editing.
2014 Ruhl Lecture
May 15, 2014
Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of great citizenship. Liu served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. After the White House, he was an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks. His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary “Matters of Race.”
The video stream of the event can be found online on the UO Media Channel.
2013 Ruhl Lecture
February 28, 2013
The video stream of the event can be found online at the SOJC Livestream Channel.
2012 Ruhl Lecture
Anand Giridharadas writes about a world in transition as seen through the lens of culture. He writes the “Currents” column for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune and also writes for The New York Times Magazine.
Ruhl Lecturer History
2016 Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica
2015 Karen Pensiero, Walll Street Journal
2014 Eric Liu, author
2013 Ann Curry, NBC Correspondent
2012 Anand Giridharadas, author and columnist
2011 Jere Van Dyk, author and journalist
2010 Philip Meyer, professor ermeritus, UNC Chapel Hill
2009 Martin Baron, Editor The Washington Post
2008 Jan Schaffer, Executive Director of J-Lab
2007 Leonard Pitts, commentator, journalist, and novelist
2006 Jay T. Harris, Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism and Democracy, USC
2005 Ann Marie Lipinski, journalist and the curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
2004 John Carroll, Editor at The Los Angeles Times
2003 Tom Rosenstiel, author, journalist, press critic and executive director of the American Press Institute
2002 Frank A. Blethen, publisher, The Seattle Times
2001 Nicholas Kristof, columnist at the NYT
2000 Sandra Mims Rowe, former editor, The Oregonian
1999 Susan Meiselas, Magnum Photos
1998 Jerry Ceppos, San Jose Mercury News
1997 Suzanne Braun Levine, Ms. magazine; Columbia Journalism Review
1996 Lawrence K. Grossman, NBC News and PBS
1995 Ellis Cose, Newsweek
1994 Jonathan Alter, Newsweek
1993 Joann Byrd, Washington Post
1991 Geneva Overholser, Des Moines Register
1990 Jay T. Harris, Knight-Ridder, Inc.
1989 David Shaw, Los Angeles Times
1988 James H. Ottoway, Jr., Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.
1987 Deborah Howell, St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch
1986 Frederick Taylor, The Wall Street Journal
1985 Lewis Lapham, Harper’s Magazine
1984 Steve Neal, Chicago Tribune
1983 Seymour M. Hersh, journalist and author
1982 Jeff MacNelly, Chicago Tribune and the Tribune Company Syndicate
1981 John L. Hulteng, Stanford University Department of Communication
1980 Reg Murphy, San Francisco Examiner
1979 Fred W. Friendly, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and CBS News
1978 David F. Behrendt, The Milwaukee Journal
1977 Nora Ephron, Esquire
1976 Newbold Noyes, Washington Star