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Washington Post VP speaks on First Amendment, Oct. 27

"The First Amendment in the 21st Century" is the focus of a talk by Patrick Butler, a vice president of the Washington Post Co., scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Butler focuses on public policy, new business development and special corporate projects for the Washington Post Co., where he has worked since 1994. He also is president of the company's Newsweek Productions unit, supervising the production of nonfiction television programming for public television and cable networks. Butler previously served as vice president of Newsweek and Legi-Slate, which provides online government and regulatory information.

Butler also has been a vice president of the Times Mirror Co. and president of his own consulting firm, with clients including President Reagan and other major political figures and corporations. A former journalist, Butler also was a speechwriter for President Ford and worked in various capacities for former Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is part of a series of events celebrating the school's 75th anniversary.

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