February 7, 2001

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Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858; or Dana Leibengood, School of Journalism, (785) 864-4755.

Nationally syndicated columnist and Bush critic MOLLY IVINS to have press conference Friday on KU campus

LAWRENCE -- A press conference for Molly Ivins, one of the nation's wittiest and best-known political pundits, and author of a book on President George W. Bush, is scheduled for

10:30 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 9
Pine Room, Kansas Union on the KU campus

Open to press only. The Pine Room is located on the sixth level of the union.

Ivins also will give a public speech at

1:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union on the KU campus.

The press is welcome to attend the lecture. Woodruff Auditorium is located on the fifth level. Note: The lighting is not very good in this auditorium.

Ivins is at KU to receive the William Allen White Citation, an award for excellence in journalism given annually since 1950 by the William Allen White Foundation. KU's School of Journalism and Mass Communications is named for White, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Emporia Gazette.

Last year's recipient was Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Woodward of Watergate fame.

Ivins has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist three times, and has won numerous journalism awards. Her latest book, "Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush," is a critical examination of the president's political record in Texas.

For press parking passes and directions, please call Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

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