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Emmy award-winner to speak at ISU

Thursday, March 31, 2005

TERRE HAUTE -- Emmy-winning journalist Carole Simpson will speak on the state of the news business and her new position at ABC News at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium as part of the 2004-2005 University Speakers Series.

A reception is planned immediately following in Heritage Lounge.

Simpson currently heads up a new ABC News initiative in the nation's public schools. As News Ambassador, she travels to high schools speaking to students about the value of reading, listening and watching the news, and the role of the free press in a Democratic society.

She has appeared on several ABC broadcasts, including "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America," "20/20," "Nightline," and "World News Tonight Sunday."

Simpson was one of the reporters on the critically acclaimed documentary, "Black and White in America," and anchored three hour-long ABC News Specials: "The Changing American Family," "Public Schools in America," and "Sex and Violence in the Media."

In 1990, she was a member of the "Nightline" team in South Africa. She helped anchor ABC's live coverage of the release of Nelson Mandela from his 27 year imprisonment. While reporting on a victory celebration in Johannesburg, Simpson was injured during a melee between blacks and the South African police.

Simpson, a television broadcaster for more than 20 years, has also anchored live coverage of many major breaking news stories such as the Persian Gulf War, the Tiananmen massacre, the fall of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, and the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings.

Prior to joining ABC News, she worked for NBC News from 1974-1982 and was an instructor at Northwestern University and Tuskegee Institute.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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