|Former New York Times writer to speak at UTM |
|Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 12:34 pm |
|Bob Herbert, the former op-ed columnist of The New York Times, will speak at 7:30 p.m., April 12, in Watkins Auditorium of Boling University Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin. |
His visit will be co-sponsored by Honors Programs, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Communications.
Herbert, who recently resigned, has spent his life observing American society. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the State University of New York (Empire State College).
He began his career in journalism as a reporter for The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., in 1970, becoming city editor in 1973. He moved to The New York Daily News in 1976, serving first as a reporter and editor and later as a columnist and member of the editorial board.
He joined The New York Times in 1993, contributing twice-weekly columns on politics, urban affairs and social trends.
In 2006, he published a compilation of his columns in “Promises Betrayed: Waking Up from the American Dream.” Herbert has received numerous awards for his work, including the Meyer Berger Award for coverage of New York City and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for distinguished newspaper writing.
“We are honored to have Bob Herbert speak at our campus,” said Dr. Lionel Crews, director of Honors Programs.
“He brings a deep perspective of national issues created by a storied career on the front lines of the news.”
He has also served as a commentator in television news, as a founding panelist of “Sunday Edition,” a weekly discussion program on WCBS-TV in New York City, and as host of “Hotline,” a weekly issues program on New York Public Television.
He served as a national correspondent for NBC News from 1991 to 1993, commenting regularly on “The Today Show” and “NBC Nightly News.”