Newsman Wallace will
visit for Q-A session

 

Chris Wallace, former NBC White House correspondent and host of "Meet the Press" and current host of "Fox News Sunday," will speak in a special question-and-answer session hosted by the School of Communications at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Whitley Auditorium.

A network news anchor since 1975, Wallace also served as senior correspondent for ABC's "PrimeTime Thursday," and was a frequent substitute host of "Nightline." Wallace joined Fox News in the Fall of 2003. He has received numerous journalism awards, including a du Pont-Columbia Silver Baton, three Emmy Awards, and two Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

Wallace's talk at Elon will be concentrated on an evaluation of the November elections.

He is the author of the new book "Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage." The book takes a chapter-by-chapter look at notable acts of presidential courage in our nation's history, including: George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion, Theodore Roosevelt and the Russo-Japanese War, Harry Truman and the Berlin Airlift, and George W. Bush and the war in Iraq.

For most of his career, Wallace has not been a desk-bound correspondent. Within a week of the 9/11 attacks in America, he filed a report of his experience riding in an F-16 jet fighter as it protected the skies over the nation's Capital. He also spent a week in Iran - reporting from inside what President Bush called "the Axis of Evil." Over the years, he has interviewed major public figures ranging from President Clinton to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to sports stars Michael Jordan and Cal Ripken.

Wallace first joined NBC in 1975 as a reporter with WNBC-TV in New York City. The investigative unit he headed won a Peabody Award. In 1978 and 1979 Wallace covered Congress. In 1980, he won an Emmy Award for the NBC News documentary, "The Migrant." Wallace covered the presidential campaigns in 1980, 1984 and 1988. In 1981, he was named Washington correspondent for special segments on NBC "Nightly News." He co-anchored the "Today" show in 1982, and was the anchor of the Sunday edition of NBC "Nightly News" from 1982 to 1984 and from 1986 until 1987. He joined ABC News in 1989.

Among the investigative reports Wallace and his team at ABC News assembled were: a duPont Columbia Award-winning probe of the financial services arm of Ford Motor Company that allegedly engaged in predatory lending practices; a look into waste and fraud in the Medicare, Food Stamp, and Federal Disability programs; a study of wealthy American expatriates who gave up their citizenship to avoid paying U.S. taxes; an illumination of problems with the B2 Stealth bomber; and a profile of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, a mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing.

 

 

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