Bob Schieffer to give 2011 Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics Oct. 4

Journalist Bob SchiefferAward-winning journalist Bob Schieffer of the CBS news program “Face the Nation” will give the 2011 Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics, presented by the Division of Journalism in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, and will be followed immediately by a reception in the lobby.

Schieffer is broadcast journalism’s most experienced Washington reporter. He has been the CBS network’s chief Washington correspondent since 1982, and the anchor and moderator of its Sunday public affairs show, “Face the Nation,” since 1991.

He is one of the few reporters to have covered all four major beats in the nation’s capital – the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill. He has covered every presidential campaign and been a floor reporter at all of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions since 1972.

Schieffer has won numerous broadcast journalism awards, including seven Emmys. In addition, he is a member of the Broadcast/Cable Hall of Fame and has been named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress.

A native of Austin, he began his career at The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and in 1965 became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam. He later became news anchor at WBAP-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, a post that eventually led to his joining CBS News.

Schieffer is the author of four books: Bob Schieffer’s America, published in 2008; the New York Times bestseller This Just In: What I Couldn’t Tell You On TV, published in 2003; Face The Nation, which was published on the 50th anniversary of that broadcast in 2004; and the bestseller The Acting President, published in 1989.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and must be reserved in advance. Get yours by contacting the Meadows Box Office, 214-768-2787, open until 5 p.m.

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Gwen Ifill visits SMU for media ethics lecture Oct. 1

Gwen IfillAuthor, political journalist and broadcaster Gwen Ifill will present SMU’s 2009 Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Since 1999, Ifill has been moderator and managing editor of PBS’ “Washington Week” – in its 40th year, the longest-running prime-time news and public affairs program on television. She also serves as senior correspondent and occasional anchor on “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” On “Washington Week,” Ifill leads a rotating panel of journalists offering analysis into the week’s top news stories.

Previously, Ifill worked at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent, appearing on the “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “Today” and MSNBC, and was a frequent panelist on “Meet the Press.” In addition, she was White House correspondent for The New York Times and covered politics and government for The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and the Boston Herald American.

Ifill moderated the vice presidential debates during the 2004 and 2008 elections. During the 2008 presidential campaign, she wrote The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Her analysis of the changing black political culture and power structure, as well as the roles of race and racism in the election itself, made the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2001, Ifill gave SMU’s Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture in Women’s Studies.

The Sammons Lecture Series is presented by the Division of Journalism in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Tickets are free; reservations are required. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).