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Decorated Journalist Discusses Mainstream Media and the Future of News

Written by 5/27/2009

Lester Holt discusses his work with journalism major Kevin McCall '12. Photo: Martha Pace '12

Co-host of Today weekend edition and NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt visited Ithaca College last April as the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecturer.

Holt has reported on some of the world’s most important stories, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Hurricane Katrina, and the war between Israel and Lebanon.

His lecture touched on many topics, including corporate ownership of mainstream news, bias between news networks, and the future of print and televised news.

As he took questions from an audience of interested students and community members, Holt offered a new tagline for the next generation of journalists to live by: “The truth sometimes hurts.”

Associate director of NBC Nightly News Roberta Spring takes time after the presentation to share advice with audience members. Photo: Martha Pace '12

Associate director of NBC Nightly News Roberta Spring takes time after the presentation to share advice with audience members.

Each year, the Jessica Savitch Lecture Series brings a broadcast journalist to Ithaca College to honor alumna Jessica Savitch ’68.

Past speakers include Natalie Morales, NBC; David Muir ’95, ABC News; Steve Capus, NBC News; and Mara Liasson, NPR.



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