9/21/2004

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Contact: Susanne Shaw, professor of journalism, (785) 864-3986; sshaw@ku.edu.

Famed political reporter Walter Mears to speak at KU Editors Day Sept. 25

LAWRENCE -- Pulitzer Prize-winning political correspondent Walter Mears will address leading journalists from across the state when they gather for the University of Kansas School of Journalism's Kansas Editors Day events Saturday, Sept. 25.

Mears -- who covered politics for most of his 45-year career with The Associated Press, winning the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1976 presidential campaign -- will discuss the November election at 9 a.m. in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.

Afterward Mears will sign his third book, "Deadlines Past -- Forty Years of Presidential Campaigning: A Reporter's Story," from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Oread Books, also in the union.

More than 100 Kansas editors, publishers and faculty members are expected at Editors Day.

"Editors Day is a time to show our appreciation to editors from around the state and to show them what we are doing at KU," said Ann Brill, interim dean of journalism. "We are also excited to have Walter Mears here. He's a veteran political reporter who through his 'blogging' at the political convention took a new approach to journalism."

Mears teamed with Washington reporter Nancy Benac this summer when the AP debuted its first blog at the Democratic convention in Boston. They also provided running commentary, insight and news tidbits from the Republican convention.

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