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04/01/93

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William Greider of Rolling Stone to give Knight Lecture April 13

STANFORD -- William Greider, a best-selling author and the national editor of Rolling Stone, will deliver the fifth annual John S. Knight Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 in Kresge Auditorium, Stanford Law School. The lecture, open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the Knight Fellowships for professional journalists.

Greider's 1992 book, Who Will Tell the People? The Betrayal of American Democracy, examined faults in the American political process and in various national institutions, including the news media. The book was on the New York Times best-sellers' list for 20 weeks.

Greider has written two other books. The Education of David Stockman and Other Americans expanded on a magazine article Greider had done, revealing that Stockman, President Reagan's budget director, had serious doubts about the validity of the Reagan economic program. Secrets of the Temple explored the often mysterious workings of the Federal Reserve Board.

Before joining Rolling Stone, Greider was assistant managing editor of the Washington Post. At Rolling Stone, he does reporting and commentary on national political issues.

The Knight Lecture series, begun in 1988 with a grant from the Knight Foundation, has previously featured Washington Post political writer David Broder; author Taylor Branch; CNN correspondent Peter Arnett; and Des Moines Register editor Geneva Overholser.

The Knight Fellowships program brings 12 United States and seven international journalists to Stanford each year for sabbatical study. Program director is James Risser, teaching professor of communication, and deputy director is James Bettinger.

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