Ken Auletta, one of America's premier media critics, will present the keynote address to Washington and Lee University's 12th annual Institute for Honor on Friday, March 2, at 4 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
The institute is exploring "The New Conversation: How Are the News Media Shaping Our Political Beliefs." The title of Auletta's speech is "The News Media's New Challenges." His presentation will be open to the public at no charge.
Auletta has written the “Annals of Communications” column for The New Yorker since 1992. His columns have covered a variety of subjects including profiles of media powers and political giving from communication companies seeking legislative change in Washington.
Prior to writing his column for The New Yorker, Auletta was a weekly columnist at the New York Daily News from 1977 to 1993. He has been a staff writer and columnist for The Village Voice, as well as a contributing editor at New York magazine. He had also been the chief political correspondent for the New York Post. His articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, the New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Vanity Fair and Esquire.
Auletta has written six books including two national best-sellers, Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way, and Greed and Glory on Wall Street. His other books include The Streets Were Paved With Gold, Hard Feelings, The Underclass and The Art of Corporate Success.
The recipient of numerous national and local journalism honors, Auletta was selected as a Gannett Fellow at Columbia University during 1990 and as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library. His awards include the Gerald Loeb Award from UCLA’s Graduate School of management, and twice he has won the Champion-Tuck award from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College.
Other speakers at this year's Institute for Honor include Washington and Lee alumnus Tom Mattesky, a former award-winning producer for CBS News, W&L journalism and communications faculty Claudette Artwick, Toni Locy, Pam Luecke, and Brian Richardson and W&L law professor Brian Murchison.
Aside from Auletta's keynote, other presentations at the institute are open to members of the University community, while others may register for the event by contacting the Office of Special Programs at (540) 458-8916. Additional details are available at this website address: http://www.wlu.edu/x56440.xml
Jeffery G. Hanna
Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs