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Cokie Roberts to speak at Western Convocation


With the start of an important election year, Missouri Western is pleased to announce ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts as the keynote speaker for the Dan R. Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues, Tuesday September 13 at 10 a.m. in the Looney Complex.

Roberts is best known for her work on the interview program “This Week” with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002. Currently, Roberts acts as the political commentator for both ABC News and National Public Radio.

Western President Robert Vartabedian is pleased to bring in a political speaker, seven weeks before the national Presidential election, and is eager to hear Roberts thoughts on the upcoming race.

“With a very important presidential election coming up November 1, we are fortunate to have one of the country’s leading political commentators to reflect on it,” Vartabedian said. “I am particularly looking forward to her insights on what is shaping up to be the most unusual presidential race of my lifetime.”

Roberts has worked over 40 years in broadcast journalism and has been the recipient of countless awards, including three Emmy’s and an induction into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. Holding more than 20 honorary degrees, from distinguished institutions including Marquette University and Montgomery College, Roberts also serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and on the President’s Commission on Service and Civic Participation.

In addition to her work in broadcast, Roberts and her husband, Steve Roberts, write a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by United Media, and are contributing editors to the USA Weekend magazine. In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend,” only 103 individuals in American history have attained that honor.

In addition to the Convocation, Roberts will also be the guest of honor at the annual luncheon proceeding the Convocation at noon in the Fulkerson Center. Tickets and sponsorship information will be announced at a later date.


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