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Award-winning journalist to speak on campus

by Pete Rosenbery

Carol MarinCARBONDALE, Ill. – Carol Marin, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist, will visit Southern Illinois University Carbondale next week to share her views on national, state and local politics. 

Marin will present “Confessions of a Diehard Political Reporter in an Apocalyptic Year,” at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, in Student Center Ballroom B. The event is part of the Morton-Kenney Public Affairs Lecture Series.

Media Availability

Award-winning television journalist Carol Marin (pronounced Marine) will be available for interviews at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 12, at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, 1231 Lincoln Drive, in the Forestry Building. David Yepsen, institute director, will serve as moderator.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and the Department of Political Science sponsor the lecture. 

Marin’s more than 40-year career includes reports for the “CBS Evening News” and “60 Minutes,” and she is a contributor for WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” and a former Chicago Sun-Times columnist. She is co-director of DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence, which launched in May. 

David Yepsen, institute director, anticipates Marin will discuss the upcoming presidential election, Illinois politics, and issues involving Chicago and its police department. 

“This is a good way to kick off the political season,” Yepsen said. “She is a well-regarded political reporter and nationally recognized television journalist. She’s in a good position to comment about politics, the future of journalism and where the business is headed.” 

Marin will meet with students in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts while on campus, Yepsen said. 

Marin is the 40th lecturer in the series that began in 1995.  The Morton-Kenney lecture series brings speakers to campus in the spring and fall of each year. Jerome Mileur, originally from Murphysboro, is a professor emeritus in political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, retiring in 2004 after a 37-year teaching career there.  Mileur established the series in 1995 in honor of two of his political science professors -- Ward Morton and David Kenney -- who inspired him as a student.  Mileur earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communication in 1955, and a doctorate in government in 1971, both from SIU Carbondale.  

For more information on the program, contact the institute at 618/453-4009 or visit paulsimoninstitute.siu.edu/.