Lisa Myers, Award-Winning NBC News Correspondent, to Deliver 2008 Marcon Lecture at DeSales, Monday, April 21
Lisa Myers, award-winning NBC News Senior Investigative Correspondent and well respected journalist, will deliver the 25th Annual Frank L. Marcon Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, in Billera Hall. A question and answer period will follow the lecture. Earlier in the day, Myers will interact with DeSales students during a discussion session in the DeSales University Center.
Known for her insightful political analysis and hard-hitting investigative reports, Myers can be seen on the top-rated NBC "Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today," "Meet the Press," MSNBC and CNBC.
Myers has conducted groundbreaking reports on the war on terror, politics, Iraq, assorted political and corporate scandals, and the Pentagon's occasional broken military procurement system, which have triggered official investigations and won critical acclaim.
In 2007, Myers and her NBC investigative team received some of the most prestigious awards in journalism for their multi-part investigation exposing efforts by the U.S. Army to scuttle a promising technology, called "Trophy," designed to protect soldiers from rocket-propelled grenades. The series won the George Polk Award, the Joan Barone Award, a Business Emmy and a Gerald Loeb Award.
Myers and the team also received an Edward R. Murrow award for a series on missed opportunities in both the Clinton and Bush administrations to move more aggressively against Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. An investigation which revealed gaping holes in the crackdown on terrorist financiers received a Business Emmy in 2005.
On the domestic front, Myers' memorable reports on the incompetence and waste at all levels of government in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were a key component of NBC's much-heralded coverage, which was recognized with prestigious Peabody and DuPont awards. She and her team also won a Business Emmy for "Congress' Private Air Force" - exposing how corporations curry favor with politicians by providing access to corporate jets.
Myers has covered eight presidential campaigns and was a floor reporter at many Democratic and Republican conventions. During the 2004 campaign, she broke an important story on the Howard Dean tapes - the Democratic presidential candidate's controversial statements during years of appearances on a Canadian TV program. In the 2000 election, she broke the story that George W. Bush had selected Dick Cheney as his running mate.
Myers received an Emmy nomination for a series of reports in 1999, revealing that the brutal murder of an Army private at Ft. Campbell, Ky., was an anti-gay hate crime and part of widespread harassment of gays in the military. She also had a number of exclusives during the Clinton scandals - from Whitewater, to the 1996 campaign fundraising scandals, to Monica Lewinsky, to the Clinton pardons.
Before joining NBC in 1981, Myers was White House correspondent for The Washington Star and covered the Senate and also the 1980 campaigns of Reagan and Carter for the paper. Between 1977 and 1979, she was a Washington Correspondent for the Chicago Sun-Times.
In 1998, Vanity Fair recognized Myers as one of the 200 "Most Influential Women" in America. Others honors and awards include a 2005 "Gracie" award, a 2004 Clarion award, a 1990 Headliner Award, a 1988 Clarion Award from Women in Communications, and a 1985 Humanitas award for her work on the NBC News Documentary, "Women, Work and Babies: Can America Cope?"
Myers earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and attended Georgetown University's Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems.
Press Release: Lisa Myers, Award-Winning NBC News Correspondent, to Deliver 2008 Marcon Lecture at DeSales, Monday, April 21 | Posted on: 2/20/2008
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Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
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