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Washington Media Specialist Joins HWS President’s Forum Series

Karen DeWitt of ABCNews.com to Discuss Media in the 21st Century

March 3, 2000 Geneva, NY — Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan will introduce Karen DeWitt, an award-winning ABC News journalist, as his guest in the President's Forum Series on Tuesday, March 28. DeWitt will discuss the media in the 21st century, with an address titled “Life.com” at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus. The public is invited to attend.

“DeWitt's journalism background in both print – as a New York Times reporter – and in television news – as senior editor at ABCNews.com – combine to make her a wonderful guest to address this topic,” said Gearan.

At ABCNews.com, DeWitt produces Ann Compton's five-day-a-week webcast and does strategic planning to enhance ABC's Washington bureau webcasts, including the Sam Donaldson Show, and the ABC and The New York Times venture, Political Points.

Prior to her current responsibilities, Ms. DeWitt was senior editor of ABC “Nightline.” And in January 1999, she produced “Found Voices,” a broadcast based on the redigitalized interview tapes of ex-slaves made in the 1940s, which won the New York Black Journalists 1st Class Feature Award for 1999.

Before entering television, DeWitt was a writer and newspaper correspondent for 20 years, working as a reporter for National Journal; Washington correspondent for The New York Times; and columnist, White House correspondent, foreign correspondent, and assistant national editor of USA Today. DeWitt has written on a freelance basis for numerous national publications, including National Geographic, Essence, Washingtonian, and Glamour magazines, and has hosted her own cooking show on PBS.

The President's Forum series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share ideas with the community and enrich campus life, as well as to share the dynamic nature of this campus with its guests.

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