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Bob Levey Named Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism
For release: Oct. 18, 2006
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Bob Levey, an award-winning writer and accomplished fundraiser, has been appointed to the Hardin Chair of Excellence in Managerial Journalism at the University of Memphis. He will teach courses in the newspaper/magazine concentration and will be involved with fundraising activities for the Department of Journalism.

Levey most recently was a development and media consultant based in Washington, D.C.  His clients included the University of Maryland, the National Council on Aging, and The Washington Post.  He also served as senior vice president of development for the Washington Hospital Center Foundation.

From 1967 to 2004 Levey was a columnist, editor, and reporter for The Washington Post.  His prize-winning column had an average daily readership of 1.2 million and helped raise more than $17 million for children’s charities.  Readers of Washingtonian magazine chose him seven times as one of the best columnists in the capital.

Levey also worked as a radio and television host for 20 years. He was recognized for “Best Radio Commentaries in the Washington Market” in 2001.

“It reflects great credit on our strong journalism program to attract a leading journalist like Bob Levey,” said Dr. Jim Redmond, department chairman.  “His knowledge and experience in applied journalism, at the highest newspaper level, is great for our students.”

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