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Former Washington Post Columnist to Speak at MC

October 1, 2008

Presidential politics will be the topic when former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey speaks to Mississippi College students and faculty on the Clinton campus Monday Oct. 6. The event is also open to the public.

A New York City native, Levey is presently a journalism professor at the University of Memphis. He said he also plans to talk about the future of the newspaper and media business and "gotcha journalism."

His award-winning "Bob Levey's Washington" was a hit at The Washington Post for 23 years. Writing on numerous topics surrounding life in D.C. his column also helped raise more than $17 million for charities to benefit children over the years. He left the newspaper after a 36-year stint in 2004 to become a media analyst and speaker. Today, he holds the Hardin Chair of Excellence in Managerial Journalism at the University of Memphis and is actively involved in fund-raising for the School of Journalism.

A reporter and columnist for more than three decades in Washington, D.C. Levey also hosted radio and TV programs in the nation's capital.

MC's colloquium on the 2008 presidential election will be held in the B.C. Rogers Student Center beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Admission is free. MC's College Republicans and College Democrats and the university are combining to sponsor the visit of the University of Chicago alumnus to the Baptist-affiliated school.

Earlier in the day, Levey will speak to fund-raisers, executives and alumni at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

His visit to Mississippi will come just days after the only vice presidential debate between U.S. Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and prior to the next presidential debate between Republican nominee John McCain and Democratic challenger Barack Obama. With Wall Street facing a crisis and the presidential election not far away on Nov. 4, Levey says he will have much to say at Mississippi College.

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