John McCaa to give 2012 Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics Oct. 24

John McCaaAward-winning journalist John McCaa, longtime news anchor of WFAA-TV in Dallas, will give SMU’s 2012 Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics presented by the Division of Journalism in the University’s Meadows School of the Arts. The event begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Caruth Auditorium.

The event is free, but tickets are required and must be reserved in advance by calling the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787.

McCaa is a familiar face to television viewers in North Texas. He has worked at WFAA-TV in Dallas since 1984, where he anchors the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts and writes “Behind the News,” a weekly column for the station’s website.

A “military brat” who grew up in Idaho, Nebraska and Spain, McCaa began his career at WOWT-TV in Omaha, where he spent seven years working as a reporter and anchor. He joined WFAA as a reporter in the Fort Worth newsroom and was later promoted to bureau chief. He was transferred to the Dallas newsroom as a reporter, then became weekend anchor and news manager, and also served as co-anchor for the 5 p.m. newscast.

McCaa has reported on Texas stories, national stories – including 9/11 and the John F. Kennedy, Jr., plane crash – and internationally from Rome, Hong Kong and Honduras.  He has won numerous local Katy and Emmy awards, and has served as president of the Press Club of Dallas and of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators.

McCaa earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Creighton University in Omaha, and a Master’s degree in politics from the University of Dallas.  He is currently working on a Ph.D. in the history of ideas at UTD.

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