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Jan. 24, 2005
Contact: Jennifer Kinnard, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, (785) 864-7644.

KU journalism grad, Wall Street Journal bureau chief to receive White award

NOTE: Seib is pronounced "Sibe."

LAWRENCE -- Gerald F. Seib, a 1978 University of Kansas School of Journalism graduate and the Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief, will receive the William Allen White Foundation's 2005 national citation Feb. 11 at KU.

Seib will accept the citation and give the annual William Allen White Day speech during a 1:30 p.m. public ceremony in Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union. During his visit, Seib will meet with students and faculty and speak in journalism classes. The White Foundation trustees chose Seib to receive the citation, presented annually since 1950 to journalists who exemplify the ideals of William Allen White. KU's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is named in White's honor. White (1868-1944) was a nationally influential Kansas editor and publisher.

" As a distinguished graduate of the j-school, Gerald Seib is a role model for our students," said Ann Brill, dean of journalism. "We are honored to host his return to KU and look forward to hearing his perspective on journalism in today's changing world."

In addition to Seib's duties at the Wall Street Journal, he also writes the paper's "Capital Journal" column periodically and is a regular commentator on Washington affairs for cable network CNBC. He was part of the Journal team that won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in the "breaking news" category for coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Before assuming his current position in March 2002, he had been the Wall Street Journal's deputy bureau chief in Washington since September 1997. He had written the weekly "Capital Journal" column, appearing on the Journal's Politics & Policy page since the spring of 1993, and had responsibility for the Wall Street Journal/NBC News Polls.

He joined the Dallas bureau of the Journal as a reporter in 1978 and transferred to the Journal's Washington bureau in 1980 to cover the Pentagon and State Department. In 1984, he and his wife, fellow journalist and 1978 KU journalism graduate Barbara Rosewicz, were transferred to Cairo, Egypt, to cover the Middle East.

While living in Cairo, Seib, along with 56 other journalists, was invited to tour the Iran-Iraq warfront. On the night of Jan. 31, 1987, he was detained by plainclothes policemen in Tehran, Iran, and taken to Evin Prison, where he was accused of spying for Israel. Suddenly and inexplicably, after four days of interrogation he was released.

In 1987, Seib and his wife returned to the Washington bureau, where he covered the White House and reported on diplomacy and foreign policy. In December 1992, Seib became a news editor responsible for the Journal's national political coverage from Washington and around the country.

In 1988, Seib won the Merriman Smith Award, which honors coverage of the presidency under deadline, and the Aldo Beckman Award for coverage of the White House and the presidency, and in 1990, he received the Gerald R. Ford Foundation Prize for distinguished reporting on the presidency. In 1992, the Georgetown University Institute of Diplomacy awarded him the Weintal Prize for his coverage of the Gulf War. He received honorable mention in the Edwin Hood Prize for diplomatic reporting from the National Press Club in 1998.

Seib is a native of Hays. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from KU and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society, and Kappa Tau Alpha, a national journalism honor society. He was also an intern in the Journal's Dallas bureau, editor of the University Daily Kansan and a Sears Foundation congressional intern in the office of U.S. Representative Gilles Long of Louisiana.
He and his wife have three sons and live in Chevy Chase, Md.

Other notable recipients of the William Allen White Citation are James Reston, 1950; Walter Cronkite, 1969; Arthur O. Sulzberger, 1974; James J. Kilpatrick, 1979; Helen Thomas, 1986; Charles Kuralt, 1989; Bernard Shaw, 1994; Bob Woodward, 2000; Molly Ivins, 2001; and Cokie Roberts, 2002.

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