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Feb. 11, 2010

NPR, AP reporters to speak at MSU Siebert Lecture

EAST LANSING, Mich. — To kick off the celebration of 100 years of journalism education at Michigan State University, National Public Radio correspondent Don Gonyea and Associated Press correspondent Kathy Barks Hoffman will speak at the annual Frederick S. Siebert Lecture.

The lecture is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 147 of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gonyea is an MSU graduate who has been an NPR correspondent since 1986. He has covered a number of major events, including presidential campaigns, 9-11 and the closing of Tiger Stadium.

Barks Hoffman has been the AP’s Lansing bureau chief since 1995, covering politics and the economy in the state of Michigan. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University, as well as a master’s in American studies from MSU.

The MSU School of Journalism established the Siebert Lecture series in 1968 in honor of Frederick S. Siebert, director of the School of Journalism from 1957 to 1960 and dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences from 1960 to 1967. The lecture provides an annual forum for discussion of issues relation to journalism, freedom of the press and/or the First Amendment.

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