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10/27/95

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Columnist Ellen Goodman to teach at Stanford

STANFORD -- Ellen Goodman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe columnist, will hold the first Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professorship in Professional Journalism.

Goodman, whose column is syndicated in 440 newspapers nationwide, will teach winter quarter in the Department of Communication. Her seminar, "Telling People What to Think," will focus on the journalistic process behind writing a column. Goodman also will hold a series of seminars with the department's graduate students in journalism about covering the 1996 presidential elections as a columnist.

The visiting professorship is funded through a gift of $1.6 million by Lorry I. Lokey, founder, president and general manager of Business Wire. Lokey first proposed the visiting professorship as a pledge in 1993. Donald Roberts, chairman of the Department of Communication, and Marion Lewenstein, professor emerita of the department, worked with Lokey to establish the position.

Goodman, 54, graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1963. Her journalism career began with Newsweek magazine and she was a feature writer for the Detroit Free Press before she moved to the Globe in 1967. Her column was syndicated by the Washington Post Writer's Group in 1976. Between 1979 and 1981, she was a commentator for the NBC "Today" show. She is the author of six books, including Turning Points, published in 1979. The other books are collections of her columns. Goodman was a 1974 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1980. Goodman is also an associate editor at the Globe.

Goodman's career spans the entry of women into newsrooms. At Newsweek she was a researcher because only men were allowed to do reporting. When she went to the Detroit Free Press, she was only the second or third female reporter in the main newsroom. The first, she said, had been literally kept apart from the men in a partitioned area that she described as a "plywood box."

Goodman's column at the Globe began in 1967 by exploring the women's movement. Her "At Large" column began to take on other issues as well. She continues to write about social change and topics ranging from affirmative action to children to welfare.

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