2004 Silha Lecture: High Hopes and Dire Warnings: In Search of a Credo for Today’s Journalist

With Geneva Overholser

Geneva Overholser holds the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting, for the Missouri School of Journalism, in its Washington bureau. She is a frequent print and broadcast media critic.

Ms. Overholser was editor of the Des Moines Register from 1988 to 1995. She has also been a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group, ombudsman of the Washington Post and columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review. She has been a member of the editorial board of the New York Times, deputy editorial page editor and editorial writer for the Des Moines Register and reporter for the Colorado Springs Sun. She spent five years overseas, working and writing in Kinshasa and Paris.

She holds a bachelors in history from Wellesley College , a masters in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a French language certificate from the Sorbonne. She has honorary doctorates from Grinnell College and St. Andrews Presbyterian College, and alumnae achievement awards from Wellesley, Northwestern and Medill.

Ms. Overholser was a Nieman fellow at Harvard and a Congressional fellow with the American Political Science Association. She was named "Best in the Business" in the American Journalism Review, and "Editor of the Year" by the National Press Foundation. Under her leadership, the Register won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for a series on the rape of an Iowa woman. She was elected a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the 2002 Anvil of Freedom Award.

Ms. Overholser is a member of the board of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford and a trustee of the Stanley Foundation. She serves on the steering committee of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, the Journalism Advisory Committee of the Knight Foundation and the advisory boards of the Aspen Institute Global Interdependence Initiative and the Fund for Independence in Journalism. She was for nine years a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the final year as chair, and is a former board member and officer of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She is a former trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a frequent lecturer on journalism issues, across the United States and abroad.

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Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. SE, East Bank

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