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Wittenberg Series Continues With Journalist Gwen Ifill At Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture

October 29, 2012  
 Filed in Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio — The Wittenberg Series continues with the 2012 Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture, featuring a presentation by journalist Gwen Ifill at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Wittenberg University’s Pam Evans Smith Arena in the HPER Center, 250 Bill Edwards Drive.

Ifill’s lecture is titled “Politics, Policy and Reality: What’s Really Going on in Washington,” a fitting topic considering her position as moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS Newshour. Like all Wittenberg Series events, the Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture is presented free of charge, and the public is welcomed to attend.

Ifill joined both Washington Week and NewsHour in 1999, giving her unique opportunities to interview newsmakers and report on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. In 2009, Ifill was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, and in 2010, she received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.

The author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama (Doubleday, 2009), Ifill spent five years at NBC News as the chief congressional and political correspondent before joining PBS. Prior to that, she covered the White House for The New York Times after covering national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun and Boston Herald American.

Ifill, who moderated vice presidential debates in the 2004 and 2008 national elections, has received more than 20 honorary doctorates and is the recipient of several broadcasting excellence awards, including honors from Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center, the National Press Foundation, the Radio Television News Directors Association, American Women in Radio and Television and the Matrix Award.

A native of New York City and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Journalists and serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the News Literacy Project.

Made possible by a gift to Wittenberg University from the Fred R. Leventhal family of Springfield, this endowed Wittenberg Series lecture has welcomed numerous distinguished guests since 1982, including Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and author David Halberstram; influential financial analyst Malcolm Forbes; Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel; historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; journalist Carl Bernstein; and environmental lawyer and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

In its 30th year, the Wittenberg Series continues to bring distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, 937-206-3539 or via e-mail at

Written By: Ryan Maurer


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