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Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Woodward, Ling and USA Today editor to present at IU School of Journalism's fall lecture series

Aug. 21, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A journalist whose investigative reporting over four decades has revealed much about the inner workings of the Nixon and Bush White Houses, the first female host of National Geographic's "Explorer" series and the editor of USA Today will speak at the Indiana University School of Journalism's fall speaker series.

Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor at The Washington Post, will speak Sept. 17 at the IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St. Lisa Ling, special correspondent for the National Geographic Channel and "The Oprah Winfrey Show," will speak Oct. 3 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. Ken Paulson, editor and senior vice president of USA Today and USA, will speak Nov. 7 at Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St.

All of the lectures are free and open to the public. Each lecture will begin at 7 p.m.

Bob Woodward

Woodward's investigative reporting with Carl Bernstein of the Watergate scandal helped earn the Washington Post a Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Woodward and Bernstein's account of the investigation, All The President's Men, became a national best-seller and was made into a popular motion picture. A second book by Woodward and Bernstein on the collapse of the Nixon administration, The Final Days, was also a huge success.

Now an assistant managing editor at the Washington Post, Woodward is responsible for the paper's special investigative projects. He was the main reporter for the Post's articles on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, articles that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. He has co-written or written 11 national No.1 best-selling nonfiction books, including The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979), Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 (1987) and The Commanders (1988).

More recently, his best-selling series of Bush at War books have focused on the Bush White House and its military strategies in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Lisa Ling

Ling, a special correspondent for the National Geographic Channel and "The Oprah Winfrey Show," was the first female host of National Geographic's Emmy award-winning television series, "Explorer."

For "Explorer," she has investigated the drug war in Colombia, China's one-child policy and the phenomenon of female suicide bombers in the Chechnya and Israel-occupied territories. For "Oprah," Ling has covered the Lord's Resistance Army and the crisis of AIDS orphans in Uganda, bride-burning in India and gang-rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

She also went undercover to report from inside North Korea in 2006. Ling was a co-host of "The View" and was a reporter for Channel One news broadcasts in schools across the country. She will present the talk, "National Geographic Reports: A Global Perspective."

Ken Paulson

Since 2004, Paulson has been the editor at USA Today and is the sixth person to lead the paper. He also is senior vice president of news at the newspaper and its Web site. Previously, he was executive director of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and served as editor or managing editor of Gannett newspapers in five states.

Paulson, who also is a lawyer, was on the team of journalists who founded USA Today in 1982. He was chief of staff to former Gannett chairman Al Neuharth from 1986 to 1988. He was also an early advocate of making newspaper content available online, launching online newspapers in both Florida and New York in 1993. His speech is co-sponsored by the Indiana Coalition for Open Government.

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