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Candy Crowley, Leon Harris to headline OHIO’s Communication Week 2013

Mar 13, 2013

Candy Crowley, Leon Harris to headline OHIO’s Communication Week 2013

By Erin Roberts

ATHENS, Ohio (March 13, 2013)—Communication Week 2013, a celebration of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, will kick off at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium with CNN’s Candy Crowley and ABC7/WJLA-TV’s Leon Harris and a discussion on television journalism. The event is free and open to the public.

Crowley is the award-winning host of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” on CNN. She serves as chief political correspondent for the organization and covers presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races and Capitol Hill. On Oct. 16, 2012, Crowley moderated a 2012 general election debate between President Obama and Gov. Romney in Hempstead, N.Y. The debate was the first to be moderated by a woman in two decades.

“I know that the entire College is thrilled to welcome Candy to campus,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “Her work in the area of political journalism is important, timely and embodies our commitment to thoughtful journalism and well-reasoned public dialogue. I’m also very thankful to alumnus Leon Harris, who helped us connect with Candy and will join her on stage Monday evening. Leon is unyielding in his passion for our College, and having him lead the dialogue with Candy during our keynote event is truly exciting!”

Harris, a 1983 radio/television alumnus of Ohio University, anchors the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Harris spent 20 years at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, where he co-anchored “CNN Live Today” and “Prime News” and hosted “CNN Presents” and “American Stories.” Harris is a longtime supporter of the Scripps College.

The roots of Communication Week in the Scripps College of Communication date back to 1968, when the School of Journalism held its first Journalism Week in early May and awarded the first Carr Van Anda Awards "for enduring contributions to journalism" to Turner Catledge, Edward W. Barrett and Walter Cronkite. In 1970, Journalism Week was changed to Communication Week to incorporate the entire college. The annual event included events, speakers and panel discussions designed to encourage student interaction with prominent leaders in the communication field and draw alumni to campus.

Over the years, the Scripps College of Communication has hosted such notable professionals as Rev. Jesse Jackson (1998), Peter Arnett (1992), Roger Ailes (1989), Ted Turner and Hugh Downs (1982). In 2006, events were no longer held during a concentrated five-day period, but spread throughout Ohio University's ten-week spring quarter. This year marks the return of Communication Week.

Numerous activities, all free and open to the public, are planned to celebrate the individual units of the Scripps College throughout the week. Some of the highlights include:

  • March 19, 7:30 p.m., Baker Center Theater, “Memorialization of US College and University Tragedies: Spaces of Mourning and Remembrance” by Ken Foote
  • March 20, 6 p.m., Walter Hall Rotunda, 2013 Scripps Celebration
  • March 21, 1:20 p.m., Baker Ballroom B, ITS Day, Connected Everywhere keynote speaker Linda Kenworthy, Intel Americas
  • March 22, 7 p.m., Baker Center Theater, “Creating a Show and a Brand” by Ryan Ling, GuyCode creator, MTV2

For a full list of events, visit