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 Aug. 29, 2000 -- No. 438

CNNís Larry King to discuss ethics in TV news in lecture at UNC-CH

CHAPEL HILL -- Larry King, host of CNNís "Larry King Live," will speak on ethics in todayís television news at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Oct. 20.

The free public speech, at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall, will be the inaugural event in the School of Journalism and Mass Communicationís Earl Wynn Distinguished Lecture Series, honoring the founder of UNC-CH's former radio, television and motion picture department. 

King, CNN's top-rated on-air personality, has interviewed more than 35,000 people -- including presidents, kings, movie stars, war heroes and political candidates -- since his program debuted in 1985. "Larry King Live," the first worldwide, live television call-in interview program, airs weeknights at 9 p.m. King also hosts "Larry King Weekend" on CNN and does specials for CNN's sister network, TNT. He writes a weekly newspaper column for USA Today and has written 11 books.

King has worked in broadcasting for more than 40 years. In 1997 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his lifeís work. He has been inducted into five of the nationís broadcastersí halls of fame, and his radio and television shows have won the George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Among his other honors, he received a news and documentary Emmy Award for outstanding interview/interviewer; 10 Cable Ace awards for best interviewer and best talk show series; the Scopus Award from the American Friends of Hebrew University; and the American Academy of Achievementís Golden Plate Award.

Before becoming a national celebrity, King was a popular media personality in Miami. For 16 years he hosted Mutual Radio's "The Larry King Show." In 1994, King created the first daily radio-TV talk show by simulcasting his TV show on radio stations nationwide.

He founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, whose grants help individuals pay for medical treatment, and supports the American Heart Association and the Save the Children Foundation.

King's Carolina visit will coincide with the first reunion of UNC-CH alumni who earned degrees in the radio, television and motion picture department, which the late Wynn founded in 1945. Alumni will lunch with King and have opportunities to tour Swain Hall, the departmentís former home, and Carroll Hall, the renovated home of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Many broadcast courses and some faculty moved to the school after the department was disbanded in 1993. Other electronic communication courses moved to the then-new communication studies department, formerly the department of speech communication.

Wynn, a pioneer in developing the statewide public television network and the universityís FM radio station, sought to train students for serious careers in broadcasting and motion pictures. His department produced successful film and TV producers, station owners and managers, writers and on-air and film talent. The late Charles Kuralt of CBS News, "Star Trek" movie and TV screenwriter and producer Michael Piller and actor George Grizzard were among those who were part of or studied in the program, which produced more than 2,700 alumni in its 48 years.

More than 250 friends, alumni and faculty donated to the lecture series to honor Wynnís memory. The effort was led by Dr. Richard Cole, dean of the school; Wynnís widow, Rhoda Hunter Wynn; and H. Taylor "Bud" Vaden, a former student of Wynnís.

For lunch reservations, $30 per ticket, call 919-962-1204.

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Contact: Dr. Richard Cole, 919-962-1204.