MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Journalism will welcome National Public Radio Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg as the 59th annual Dean Stone lecturer.
Stamberg’s lecture, “A Thousand Plus Hours of Talk,” will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the University Center Ballroom. Her presentation is free and open to the public.
In addition to her public lecture, Stamberg will be guest of honor at the annual Dean Stone Awards and Scholarship Banquet held for journalism students at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Holiday Inn.
Stamberg is an accomplished broadcast journalist who has won numerous awards in broadcasting and become a member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame. She has worked for NPR since its beginning in 1971 and also was the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program.
Having interviewed history’s headliners, from Rosa Parks to Luciano Pavarotti, Stamberg is known for her ability to find and tell an interesting story. Aside from serving as a guest host on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Weekend Edition Saturday”, she has written two books and co-edited a third.
Each spring the UM School of Journalism honors its founder, Dean Arthur Stone, and current journalism students with a two-night celebration featuring a guest lecturer followed by an awards banquet. Thanks to many generous endowments and contributions from donors, the school is able to offer its students over $150,000 in scholarships and awards each year.
Founded in 1914, the School of Journalism is now in its second century of preparing students to think critically, to act ethically and to communicate effectively. The school recently was named one of the top 10 journalism programs in the country by the Radio Television Digital News Association.