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From Deep Throat to Julian Assange

Panel looks at investigative journalism in the age of WikiLeaks

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March 17, 2011 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Cultural critic Laura Kipnis -- author of “How To Become A Scandal” -- and former investigative reporters Alec Klein and Mark Feldstein -- whose exposes have led to firings, prison terms and multi-million dollars in fines -- will discuss investigative journalism Friday, April 1, at Northwestern University.

“From Deep Throat to Julian Assange: Investigative Journalism in the Age of WikiLeaks” will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. at the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. It is free and open to the public.

Author and Medill lecturer Jon Marshall will moderate the panel of experts who include:

Alec Klein, an award-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author, joined the Medill faculty in 2008 after two decades as a reporter at The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Virginia-Pilot. His investigative work led to significant reforms, congressional hearings, criminal investigations and more than half a billion dollars in government fines. He is the author of “Stealing Time: Steve Case, Jerry Levin and the Collapse of AOL Times Warner” and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “A Class Apart: Prodigies, Pressure and Passion Inside One of America’s Best High Schools.”

Mark Feldstein worked for decades as an investigative reporter for CNN, ABC News, NBC News and other outlets. He is known for his work exposing the drug use and corruption of former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. While on other assignments, he has been beaten up in the U.S., censored in Egypt and escorted out of Haiti under armed guard. He is the winner of many of journalism’s top honors, including the Edward R. Murrow Prize and two Peabody medallions. Feldstein, who now teaches at George Washington University, is widely quoted as a media analyst by leading news outlets in the US. and abroad.

Laura Kipnis, professor of radio/television/film in Northwestern’s School of Communication, is a cultural critic whose work explores sexual politics, emotion, bad behavior and other parts of the American psyche. New Yorker editor Tina Brown called Kipnis’ most recent book, “How To Become a Scandal,” “a must-read for anyone unable to look away from another’s fall from grace.” Kipnis is the author of “Against Love: A Polemic” and “The Female Thing,” which have been translated into 15 languages. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, she has written essays for Slate, Harpers, The Nation, Playboy and The New York Times Magazine.

Moderator Jon Marshall, author of “Watergate’s Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse” and Medill senior lecturer, has written for the Christian Science Monitor, CBS News’ “Public Eye,” Chicago Tribune, Family Circle and other outlets. “News Gems,” his blog, was named one of the top 10 Web Sites of 2008 by the Center for Public Integrity and one of 2006’s best blogs by David Kaplan of U.S. News & World Report.

The Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. Lecture Series regularly brings journalists, newsmakers and others discussing current events and the news business to the Evanston campus. For more information on this or other Crain Lectures, call (847) 491-5401, e-mail jpgilbert@northwestern.edu or visit http://www.medill.northwestern.edu
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