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Jim Bettinger, director, Knight Fellowships Program: (650) 725-1189,

Dawn Garcia, deputy director, Knight Fellowships Program: (650) 725-1188,

New York Times editorial page editor to deliver Knight Lecture

Gail Collins, editorial page editor of the New York Times, will deliver the 15th annual John S. Knight Lecture on April 21.

The lecture series is sponsored by the John S. Knight Fellowships Program for Professional Journalists. Collins' talk, "Opinions in a Time of War," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Previous Knight Lecturers have included Paul Steiger, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal; Katrina Heron, editor-in-chief of Wired; and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.

Collins was named editorial page editor of the New York Times in June 2001. She had been a Times op-ed columnist for two years, and before that a member of the newspaper's editorial board, which she joined in September 1995. Collins was a New York Newsday columnist from 1991 to 1995 and a New York Daily News columnist from 1985 to 1991. She also has been a financial reporter at United Press International, a weekly columnist for the Connecticut Business Journal and host of a public affairs program for Connecticut Public Television.

Collins is founder of the Connecticut State News Bureau and ran it from 1972 to 1977, when it was sold. The service provides coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics and was the largest news service of its kind when it was sold, with more than 30 weekly and daily newspaper clients.

She is the author of Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics, published in 1998, and co-author of The Millennium Book, published in 1991.

The Knight Fellowships program each year brings 12 U.S. journalists and eight from other countries to study for an academic year at Stanford. James Bettinger is director of the program. Dawn Garcia is deputy director.



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