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March 11, 2003 -- No. 157

CBS correspondent Joie Chen to speak at UNC March 20

By JESSALYNN R. STRAUSS
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication

CHAPEL HILL -- CBS News correspondent Joie Chen will discuss the challenges journalists face in trying to reach younger viewers when she visits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 20.

Chen’s lecture, "Tuning Out: Will Young Viewers Choose Jon Stewart over the Evening News?" will be at 5:30 p.m. in Carroll Hall auditorium. The UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication will present the free, public lecture as part of the Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture Series.

Since being hired by CBS News in March 2002, Chen has covered two presidential summit meetings and President George W. Bush’s address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, his first commencement speech after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. She also covered every day of the three-week sniper siege in the Washington, D.C., area.

Prior to joining CBS, Chen was an anchor for "CNN International," for which she covered U.S. military operations in Somalia and Bosnia and the death of North Korea’s leader Kim Il Sung. Chen also worked for CNN’s domestic operation, anchoring the network’s coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks and the subsequent military intervention in Afghanistan.

Chen received an Emmy award for her work as a CNN anchor covering the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Atlanta Games. She was presented a CableACE best newscaster award for her work as co-anchor of CNN’s "The World Today." Chen also anchored coverage of the Columbine High School shootings and the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh during her tenure at CNN. She created and anchored the network’s first effort to integrate its online audience with its on-air news program, "CNN News Site with Joie Chen."

Before joining CNN, Chen was a reporter and anchor at WXIA-TV Atlanta from 1985 to 1991. She covered the 1988 Democratic National Convention, Hurricane Hugo and the Cuban riots at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.

Chen’s speech will be the ninth in the school’s Park Distinguished Lecture Series, which features outstanding mass communication professionals. The Triad Foundation of Ithaca, N.Y., funds the lectures to enhance its Park Fellowship Program in the school. Each year, the Triad Foundation provides fellowships for 24 new master’s and doctoral students to enter the school’s graduate program. In fall 2002, the sixth class of Park Fellows began its studies.

The lecture series is named for Roy H. Park, who was founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Park Communications Inc., a multimedia company with broadcast and print properties throughout the United States. Park had a longtime affiliation with the UNC school, serving on its foundation board of directors from 1981 to 1993 and its board of visitors from 1989 to 1993. In 1989, he received the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor. He was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame, which is headquartered in the school, in 1990. He died in 1993.

For more information about the lecture, call the school’s graduate program office at (919) 962-3372.

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Contact: Kirsten Weeks, (919) 962-3372