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Cronkite Speaker Series features prominent media players

August 26, 2010

A Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, two TV news anchors, a national branding expert, three foreign journalists and the executive vice president of the Americas region for Yahoo! are among the prominent media professionals who will speak Monday evenings this fall at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The events are part of the school’s Must See Mondays speaker series, which kicks off Aug. 30 with former CNN anchor and Cronkite Professor of Journalism Aaron Brown.

Later in the semester, speakers will include Cronkite Professor Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post; Hilary Schneider, executive vice president of the Americas region for Yahoo!; Dan Schawbel, best-selling author and “millennial branding” expert; 12 News anchors Lin Sue Cooney and Mark Curtis; Michel du Cille, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer of The Washington Post; and John Corrigan, business editor of the Los Angeles Times.

The visiting speakers will discuss topics such as covering elections and immigration, providing local content in a digital world, reporting relevant business stories, global perspectives on freedom of speech, amassing online audiences and building personal brands.

The series, entering its third year, will be held 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Monday in the school’s First Amendment Forum on Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus. It is free and open to the public.

“The Must See Monday speaker series offers students, media professionals and members of the public a unique opportunity to hear from global leaders in journalism, with a special emphasis on the digital future of news,” said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan.

In addition to Must See Mondays, the school will host Cronkite Night at the Movies most Wednesday evenings throughout the semester.

Movies that depict journalism, including “Walter Cronkite: Witness to History,” “All the President’s Men” and “Shattered Glass,” will be shown on the school’s 16-by-9-foot high-definition big screen in the First Amendment Forum. The films will be introduced by Cronkite professors with expertise in the topics.

Students and the public also will be able to discuss the events and their impressions on Cronkite Conversations, the school’s blog site.

Fall Must See Monday events are as follows:

• Aug. 30: Aaron Brown, Cronkite Professor of Journalism and former CNN anchor, “Covering the Big Story”

• Sept. 13: Lin Sue Cooney and Mark Curtis, anchors, 12 News/KPNX-TV, “On the Air With Local News Anchors”

• Sept. 20: Dan Schawbel, managing partner, Millennial Branding and author of “Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success,” “Building Your Own Brand”

• Sept. 27: Terry Greene Sterling, award-winning journalist and Cronkite School Writer-in-Residence, “ILLEGAL, Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone”

• Oct. 4: Lauren Gambino, Lauren Gilger and Grant Martin, Cronkite students and News21 reporters, “News21 Covers Latinos and Immigration”

• Oct. 11: Arnie Kuenn, president, Vertical Measures, “Finding New Audiences for Your Online Products”

• Oct. 18: International journalists from the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program, interviewed by Joe Russomanno, associate professor, Cronkite School, “Freedom of Speech: Global Perspectives”|

• Oct. 25: John Corrigan, business editor, Los Angeles Times, “Reporting Hot Business Stories: From iPhones to Oil Spills”

• Nov. 1: Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor, The Washington Post, and Weil Family Professor of Journalism, “The View from Washington on Election Eve”

• Nov. 8: Michel du Cille, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, The Washington Post, “The Power of Photojournalism”

• Nov. 15: Bill Wyman, founder and editor, and former arts editor, and National Public Radio, “Singing a New Song: Recomposing the Future of Arts Journalism”

• Nov. 22: Hilary Schneider, executive vice president, Americas Region, Yahoo!, “My Yahoo!: Providing Local Content to the Digital World”

• Nov. 29: Panel of public relations experts, “Public Relations in the Digital Age”

The Cronkite Night at the Movies line-up includes the following:

• Aug. 25: “Walter Cronkite: Witness to History,” introduced by Dean Christopher Callahan

• Sept. 1: “Live from Baghdad,” introduced by Associate Dean Kristin Gilger

• Sept. 8: “Green Zone,” introduced by associate professor Bill Silcock, director of Cronkite Global Initiatives

• Sept. 15: “Thank You for Smoking,” introduced by assistant professor Dawn Gilpin

• Sept. 22: “The Insider,” introduced by associate professor Joe Russomanno

• Sept. 29: “Shattered Glass,” introduced by News21 National Director Jody Brannon

• Oct. 6: “All the President’s Men,” introduced by Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism

• Oct. 20: TV Night: “Sports Night” episodes, introduced by faculty associate and Arizona Republic reporter Bill Goodykoontz

• Oct. 27: “Capote,” introduced by Steve Elliott, director of digital news, Cronkite News Service

• Nov. 3: “In the Loop,” introduced by faculty associate and Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas

• Dec. 1: “Anchorman,” introduced by Assistant Dean and News Director Mark Lodato

For a full schedule of events, visit