Monday, October 10, 2005

Houston Chronicle's Michael Hedges on Contemporary Journalism, Good and Bad, October 21

Chestertown, MD, October 10, 2005 — Washington College's Sophie Kerr Committee and the Rose O'Neill Literary Housepresent "A Discussion of Contemporary Journalism," a talk by Michael Hedges, journalist and reporter for The Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 21, at 5 p.m. at the Rose O'Neil Literary House. A light supper will be served, and the public is invited to attend this free event.

Working for the Journal Newspapers, The Washington Times, and Scripps Howard News Service, Hedges has reported on some of the world's top stories throughout his career. As the Washington Bureau Reporter for The Houston Chronicle, the nation's eighth largest daily newspaper, he led the paper's war on terrorism coverage in Washington and covered wars and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. A four-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and named Washington's investigative reporter of the year by the weekly City Paper, Hedges will offer an in-depth look at the state of journalism as it exists today.

The lecture is sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Committee, which works to carry on the legacy of the late Sophie Kerr, a writer from Denton, Md., whose generosity has done so much to enrich Washington College's literary culture. When she died in 1965, Kerr left the bulk of her estate to the College, specifying that one half of the income from her bequest be awarded every year to the senior showing the most "ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor" and the other half be used to bring visiting writers to campus, to fund scholarships, and to help defray the costs of student publications.

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