For release: March 5, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune columnist and 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, will be the featured speaker
at the University of Memphis’ Freedom of Information Congress on Thursday, March 25,
at 7 p.m. in the theater of the new University Center. A reception will begin at 6
p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
His topic will be “The Future of News: Holding Leaders Accountable in an Age of Do-It-Yourself
Page’s column is syndicated in more than 200 newspapers around the country, including
The Commercial Appeal. He also is an author and frequent guest on news programs such as ABC’s This Week and PBS’s The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
Page has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Black
Journalists, and he was part of a team of reporters that won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize
for a Chicago Tribune series on voter fraud in Illinois.
The FOI Congress is held annually to emphasize the need to protect open access to
government records, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. The event is sponsored
by the University of Memphis Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the
U of M Department of Journalism, and the Student Events Allocation Committee.
Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage or in the Southern Avenue parking lot.
For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Hrach at 901-678-4779 or email@example.com