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Author Tom Fenton and NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg to headline Journalism Day at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (April 25, 2005) -- Former CBS News Senior European Correspondent Tom Fenton, author of "Bad News: The Decline of Reporting, the Business of News, and the Danger to Us All," and National Public Radio Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg will headline Journalism Day, Thursday, April 28, during Communication Week at Ohio University. Totenberg's lecture is co-sponsored by the Political Communication program.

Tom FentonFenton is scheduled to speak at 9:30 a.m. at the Athena Theatre during a session titled "Journalism at the Tipping Point: Where Do We Go from Here?" Totenberg, winner of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism's Carr Van Anda Award, will speak from 1:10 to 2 p.m. in 201 Morton Hall.

Fenton, who retired in December 2004, covered conflict and breaking news in Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East for 34 years. His CBS career began in 1970 after a six-year stint at the Baltimore Sun.

Over the course of his career, Fenton covered almost every major European or Middle Eastern story from the Six-Day War to the continuing war on terror. He reported on civil war in Northern Ireland, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the Scud missile attacks on Israel during the Persian Gulf War. His journalistic excellence has been rewarded with four Emmy Awards, the Columbia University DuPont Award and eight Overseas Press Club awards. While he has retired from his foreign correspondence position, he continues to write a weekly column for www.cbsnews.com. Fenton lives in London, England.

Totenberg has been selected as the 2005 recipient of the Carr Van Anda Award for enduring contributions in journalism. Her coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition.

Nina TotenbergIn 1991, she broke the story of Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against Judge Clarence Thomas. Totenberg won a George Foster Peabody Award for her exclusive interview with Hill and her comprehensive coverage of the story. In 1988, Totenberg won the Columbia University DuPont Silver Baton Award for her coverage of Supreme Court nominations. Ten years later, she was named Broadcaster of the Year and became the first radio journalist to receive the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the National Press Foundation.

Totenberg's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Parade Magazine and the Harvard Law Review. She can also be heard regularly on NPR's newsmagazines "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition" and "Weekend Edition." Before joining NPR in 1975, Totenberg served as Washington editor of New Times Magazine.

For a complete list of speakers and events scheduled throughout Communication Week, please visit www.commcoll.ohiou.edu/aboutus/schedule.html.  

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Media Contact: College of Communication External Relations Coordinator Erin Roberts, (740) 593-0030, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu 

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