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Date: November 5, 1999

Journalist Robert MacNeil to Speak at Princeton on "JFK - JFK Jr.: The Age of Media Unbound"

Princeton, NJ -- Distinguished journalist Robert MacNeil, formerly of PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, will deliver the Robert D. Stuart '37 lecture, "JFK- JFK Jr.: The Age of Media Unbound" on Monday, November 22, at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall, room 50, on the Princeton University campus.

MacNeil, who has been described as "an icon" of American journalism, was co-anchor and executive editor of the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour for two decades, during which the program won more than 30 prizes, including several Emmy and Peabody awards. In his earlier assignments as a journalist, he covered events that ranged from the Civil War in Algeria to the construction of the Berlin Wall to award-winning gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Watergate hearings. He is a critically acclaimed author whose works include The Right Place at the Right Time, a chronicle of his experiences as a journalist and Wordstruck, a memoir about the English language. His most recent book is Breaking News, a novel that offers an inside look at the competitive world of broadcast journalism and the struggles between journalistic integrity and tabloid television.

MacNeil was awarded an honorary degree by the University in 1995. "For over a quarter of a century," the citation read, "he has satisfied our ever-urgent curiosity to know 'what's new' - and redefined our fundamental understanding of 'what's news.'"

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the University's Humanities Council.