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2/2/96

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Columnist Ellen Goodman to speak at Stanford

STANFORD -- Ellen Goodman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Boston Globe, will speak at Stanford University on Thursday, Feb. 29. Goodman will deliver the eighth annual John S. Knight Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Knight Fellowships for professional journalists.

Goodman's talk, "Politics: Up Close and Personal," begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Goodman writes a syndicated column that appears in more than 400 newspapers nationwide. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her commentary in 1980.

Her reporting has won numerous awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award in 1980, and the William Allen White Award in 1995.

A native of Massachusetts, Goodman graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, and has been a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University. She is the author of six books, including Value Judgments, published in 1993.

Goodman is the Lorry Lokey Visiting Professor in the Department of Communication during the current winter quarter at Stanford.

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, Des Moines Register editor Geneva Overholser, Rolling Stone national editor and author William Greider, New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis, and National Public Radio correspondent Sylvia Poggioli.

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

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