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Contact: Toni Dixon, School of Business, (785) 864-4449.

Journalist David Broder to present Chandler lecture at KU March 17

LAWRENCE -- David Broder, national political correspondent for the Washington Post, syndicated columnist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will present the Anderson Chandler Lecture on March 17 at the University of Kansas, said Bill Fuerst, dean of the KU School of Business.

Broder, whose column is carried in more than 300 newspapers around the globe, including the Lawrence Journal-World, Topeka Capital-Journal and the Kansas City Star, will discuss "The Political and Economic Challenges in 2004" at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Broder, who reports the political scene for the Washington Post, writes a twice-weekly column that covers a broad aspect of American political life. The column is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. Broder received the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for distinguished commentary.

Broder will be the seventh presenter in the Chandler series, which began in 1997 as a gift from Anderson Chandler, the CEO, president and director of Fidelity State Bank and Trust Co. of Topeka and vice president and director of First Bank of Newton. Chandler is a member of the School of Business Dean's Club and serves on the School's board of advisers. Chandler recently gave $500,000 to establish the Anderson W. Chandler Teaching Professorship in Business at KU. In 1997 he received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion, the highest award for service to the university by an alumnus.

A regular commentator on CNN's "Inside Politics," Broder makes regular appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press""Washington Week in Review." Washington Journalism Review has named Broder "Best Newspaper Political Reporter." A Washingtonian magazine survey rated Broder "Washington's most highly regarded columnist" by both editorial-page editors and members of Congress, for "overall integrity, factual accuracy and insight." In March 2001, the magazine rated Broder among the four best and most influential journalists, calling him "the most unpredictable, reliable and intellectually honest columnist working today."

Among Broder's numerous awards are the White Burkett Miller Presidential Award in 1989 and the prestigious 4th Estate Award from the National Press Foundation in 1990, which also honored him with the Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award in 1993. Other awards include the 1997 William Allen White Foundation's award for distinguished achievement in journalism and, in the same year, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Lifetime Achievement Award. He has written or co-written seven books.

Through the Chandler Lecture Series, the business school has presented speakers such as Robert Novak, political commentator; Phillip Condit, CEO of Boeing Co.; and Earl G. Graves, CEO of the parent company of Black Entrepreneur Magazine. For more information about the event or the KU School of Business, visit www.business.ku.edu or call (785) 864-7573.

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