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NBC’s Andrea Mitchell to Speak at HWS Commencement

The NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent will also receive an honorary degree from the Colleges in recognition of her outstanding work in journalism at ceremonies on May 11.

February 17, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y. – As chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, Andrea Mitchell reports on evolving foreign policy issues in the United States and abroad for all NBC News broadcasts, including “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and “Today,” and for MSNBC. On Sunday, May 11, Mitchell will share her expertise with the graduating Classes of 2003 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Commencement ceremonies. The ceremonies, which begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Hobart Quadrangle, mark the 178th Commencement for Hobart College and the 92nd Commencement for William Smith College.

In addition to giving the Commencement address, Mitchell will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Colleges, in recognition of her groundbreaking work in journalism for more than 35 years.

“We are honored to have Andrea Mitchell join the Hobart and William Smith community as our Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient,” Colleges President Mark D. Gearan, said. “As one of the nation’s best journalists assigned to report on foreign affairs, Andrea Mitchell will offer our graduates a unique perspective on world events. I can’t think of a more timely speaker – or one whose experience and accomplishment merits our honor than Andrea Mitchell.”

Mitchell’s extensive and varied reports include covering the conflict with Iraq, the Middle East peace process, and traveling to Havana, Cuba for an exclusive interview with Cuban President Fidel Castro. She also covered such major foreign policy issues as the airstrikes in Kosovo and Yugoslavia, and was the only network correspondent who traveled into Belgrade with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and reported exclusively on the release of the American POW’s during the NATO/Yugoslav conflict. Mitchell has reported on U.S.-China relations, the Hong Kong handover, the war in Bosnia, the Middle East peace process, normalization of relations with Vietnam, nuclear proliferation in India and Pakistan and terrorism.

Mitchell's biographical information:

Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

Throughout the 2000 presidential election year, as one of NBC News’ top political correspondents, Mitchell hosted MSNBC’s “The Mitchell Report,” NBC News’ election year broadcast of record. On her program, Mitchell interviewed newsmakers both in Washington, D.C. and on the campaign trail, and the broadcast featured NBC News correspondents and journalists from MSNBC’s alliances including: Newsweek, The Washington Post, The National Journal, Hotline and MSNBC.com. In addition, Mitchell was the lead NBC News correspondent covering the New York State senate race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rick Lazio.

Mitchell has also covered a wide range of domestic and political issues from a post that includes various world hot spots, summits, Presidential trips, the State Department and the CIA. She has also reported on the campaign finance investigation, Medicaid fraud, sex discrimination in the military, gun control and a wide range of political topics.

Prior to being named chief foreign affairs correspondent, Mitchell had been NBC News’ chief White House correspondent, a position she assumed after covering Bill Clinton from the New Hampshire primary through the entire 1992 presidential campaign. During her time at the White House, she broke stories on cabinet changes, policy decisions on gays in the military and military interventions in Bosnia and Haiti.

From 1988-1992, Mitchell served as chief Congressional correspondent. During that time, she played a major role in reporting on the budget, the savings and loan bailout, the Clarence Thomas hearings and other legislative issues. She also served as a regular political analyst on “Today.”

Mitchell first covered the White House for NBC News from 1981-1988, during both of Ronald Reagan’s terms as President. She reported on a variety of noteworthy stories, including arms control, the budget, tax reform and the Iran-contra scandal, and traveled extensively with President Reagan to summits with Mikhail Gorbachev and other world leaders.

Over the years, Mitchell has appeared on “Meet the Press” as a panelist and substitute host. An acclaimed political reporter, she has also covered every presidential election since 1976. In fact, during the 1988 Republican National Convention, she beat both the competition and presidential candidate George Bush with the announcement that Bush had chosen Dan Quayle to be his running mate. She was also a panelist in the final Bush-Dukakis presidential debate.
Mitchell joined NBC News in 1978 as a general correspondent based in Washington, D.C. In 1979, she was named NBC News’ energy correspondent. In that capacity, she reported on the energy crisis and the Three Mile Island nuclear incident

According to the Southern Illinois University’s annual study of network news correspondents, Mitchell was the most visible woman in network television in 1999, reporting an impressive 98 stories for “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.” In the summer of 1999, she was nominated for two news Emmy awards for outstanding instant coverage of a news story for her reporting on the crisis in Iraq and for the terrorist Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

A native of New York, Mitchell received a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where she currently serves as a Trustee, a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Annenberg School Advisory Board. She is married to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and resides in Washington. D.C.

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The Geneva Finger Lakes Times ran an announcement of her coming, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle ran a schedule of area commencement ceremonies.