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Anthony Lewis named Lombard Lecturer

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A former New York Times columnist, an Israeli communication and government scholar, and a former Boston Globe editor will be among six visiting faculty and fellows at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government this semester.

Anthony Lewis, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has been named the Visiting Lombard Lecturer and will teach a course on the First Amendment.

The five Shorenstein Fellows will research and write on topics such as the U.S. coverage of anti-American sentiment since Sept. 11, the effects of global communication on foreign policy, the role of race in the 2000 Australian elections, and news memories across generations.

“This semester’s Shorenstein fellows have top-flight experience and the impulse to speak their minds,” said Alex Jones, center director. “We are extremely excited at what the semester will bring. Having Tony Lewis, one of the nation’s pre-eminent journalists and civil libertarians, as the Lombard visiting lecturer is a particular honor at a time when his voice is so important.”

The 2002 Spring Shorenstein Fellows

Eytan Gilboa is a professor of communication and government at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He has written extensively on international communication, American-Israeli relations, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. His best-known book is “American Public Opinion Toward Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict” (1987) His most recent book, an edited volume called “Mass Communication and Conflicts,” will be published soon. Gilboa has been a visiting professor at several distinguished American and European universities including Harvard, University of California, Los Angeles, Georgetown, and the American University in Washington, D.C. He frequently contributes articles to the print media and is a commentator on Israeli and world television and radio networks including CNN International, BBC World, and Fox News. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University. Gilboa will investigate the effects of global communication on the formulation and conduct of foreign policy.

Rick Kaplan was a broadcast journalist for more than 30 years. As president of CNN-US (1997-2000), he was responsible for all news and programming at the CNN News Group. Kaplan galvanized CNN’s ability to provide extensive and up-to-the-minute live coverage and analysis of both breaking and ongoing news events. Kaplan joined ABC News in 1979 as a senior producer for “World News Tonight”; from 1979 to 1997, he was executive producer for a variety of ABC News and ABC television network programs, including “Good Morning America” news, “Nightline” (1984-89), “Primetime Live” (1989-94), “World News Tonight,” (1994), and, finally, ABC-TV Special Projects. Prior to joining ABC, Kaplan was a producer for “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.” He is the recipient of many awards, including 34 Emmy Awards, three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, Overseas Press Club awards, and two George Polk awards. Kaplan was a visiting lecturer in the Lombard Chair at the Shorenstein Center in the spring of 2001.

Paul Kelly is the international editor of The Australian and was previously editor-in-chief of The Australian. He is a writer, historian, and political analyst. Kelly served as chief political correspondent and Canberra bureau chief for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. He is the author of six books, including “The Hawke Ascendancy” (1984) and “The End of Certainty” (1992) on the politics and economics of Australia in the 1980s. He wrote and presented a 2001 five-part television documentary for the Australian Broadcasting Company on Australian history and character, “100 Years — The Australian Story.” Kelly has written widely on international affairs in America, Europe, and Asia, and has interviewed Margaret Thatcher, Lee Kuan Yew, Madeleine Albright, Tony Blair, and Jiang Zemin. He is currently an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Queensland and is a participant in the Australia-America Leadership Dialogue. Kelly is also a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. His research will focus on the role of race in Australia’s 2001 general election.

Matthew V. Storin was editor of The Boston Globe from 1993 to 2001. In a 36-year journalistic career, he also served as deputy managing editor of U.S. News & World Report from 1985 to 1986, editor of The Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to 1987, editor of the Maine Times from 1988 to 1989, and was managing editor and then executive editor of the Daily News in New York from 1989 to 1992. During his tenure as editor of the Globe, the paper won four Pulitzer Prizes. He began his journalistic career as a reporter at The Springfield Daily News, joining the Griffin-Larrabee News Bureau in Washington, D.C., in 1965. Moving to the Globe in 1969, he covered Congress and the White House, and he was Asian bureau chief, covering the last stages of the war in Vietnam and Cambodia. He held a number of editing posts at the Globe before being named managing editor in 1982. Having left the Globe in 1985, he returned as executive editor in 1992, assuming the editor’s post in March 1993. At the Shorenstein Center, he will focus on post-Sept. 11 U.S. coverage of anti-American sentiment.

Ingrid Volkmer has taught at universities in Germany and Austria and is a faculty member at the New School University, New York, where she teaches in the Media Management Program. Her major field of interest is global communication and its effects on cultures, societies and the “public sphere.” She has published numerous articles and books in Germany and the United States. Among her publications is “News in the Global Sphere: A Study of CNN and Its Impact on Global Communication.” Volkmer currently directs the international research consortium “Global Media Generations,” which analyzes news memories of three generations in 12 countries worldwide. Her research project will focus on the “Parameters of the Global Public Sphere: Topographies of News Memories Across Generations.”

The visiting lecturer in the Lombard Chair is Anthony Lewis. Lewis was a columnist for The New York Times from 1969 to 2001. From 1948 to 1952 he was a deskman in the Sunday Department of the Times. In 1952 he became a reporter for The Washington Daily News. In 1955, he won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series of articles in The News. In 1955, Lewis joined the Washington Bureau of The New York Times. In 1956-57 he was a Nieman Fellow. On his return to the Times in Washington, he covered the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, and other legal matters, including the government’s handling of the civil rights movement. He won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Supreme Court in 1963. Lewis became chief of the Times’ London bureau in 1964 and began writing his column from London in 1969. Since 1973 he has been located in Boston. He is the author of three books: “Gideon’s Trumpet” (1964), about a landmark Supreme Court case; “Portrait of a Decade” (1964) about the great changes in American race relations; and “Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment” (1991). For 15 years he taught a course on the Constitution and the press at the Harvard Law School. He has taught at a number of other universities, including the universities of California, Illinois, Oregon, and Arizona. Since 1983 he has held the James Madison Visiting Professorship at Columbia University. Lewis will teach a course at the Kennedy School titled “The First Amendment: Legal Doctrine and Political Practice.”

The Lawrence M. Lombard Professorship was established by the family and friends of Lawrence M. Lombard, a director of the Dow Jones Co. for 28 years, to help build a substantial body of knowledge concerning the interaction of media and politics.