CNN executive to speak at UTM

CNN executive to speak at UTM

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 12:49 pm

The Messenger 11.03.11

Mark Whitaker, executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide, will present a lecture, “My Long Trip Home,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
His presentation will be held in Watkins Auditorium of the Boling University Center on campus.
Whitaker is responsible for leading editorial coverage across CNN’s multiple platforms and directing the overall approach, tone and scope of CNN’s reporting.
Before joining CNN in February 2011, he served as senior vice president andWashington bureau chief for NBC News, where he was responsible for Washington-based programming for NBC and MSNBC, including “Meet the Press” and the network’s political coverage.
He also served as the editor of Newsweek from 1998-2006. During his tenure, the magazine won more top editorial awards and nominations than at any time in its history, including four National Magazine Awards for coverage of such prominent events as the attacks of September 11, the Iraq War and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Whitaker graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1979, where he served on the editorial board for the “Harvard Crimson.” He then attended Oxford University’s Balliol College as a Marshall Scholar from 1979-81.
“The honors program at UT Martin is excited to have Mark Whitaker as part of our annual Academic Speakers Program,” said Lionel Crews, director of Honors Programs. “His level of experience will provide unparalled insight for students, staff and guests of the university.”
Whitaker’s presentation is co-sponsored by Student Affairs. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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