Update - The newsletter for the University of Memphis
More December Features:

David Evans: Connecting the notes
Blues recorded in black and white
Student places second at event
Holiday card winners
U of M participates in Angel Tree
Chris Peck to address graduates
Names in the news


For More Information:
303 Administration Building
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901/678-3811
Fax: 901/678-3607
e-mail: grussll@memphis.edu
Commercial Appeal editor Chris Peck to address graduates

By Gabrielle Maxey

Chris Peck, editor of The Commercial Appeal, will address graduates at the winter commencement of the University of Memphis Dec. 18, at FedExForum. The University will award a total of 1,466 degrees, including 36 doctorates, in two ceremonies.

Commercial Appeal editor Chris Peck will address graduates at the U of M's commencement ceremony Dec. 18 at FedExForum.

In a 10 a.m. ceremony, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the University College and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will confer degrees.

At 2 p.m., Commencement will be held for the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, the College of Education, the Herff College of Engineering, the Loewenberg School of Nursing and the School of Public Health.

Peck has been editor of The Commercial Appeal since 2003. He oversees all news operations and directs a staff of approximately 110 reporters, editors and photographers. The Commercial Appeal has been published continuously since 1840 and is the largest newspaper in the Mid-South, with a daily circulation of 125,000 and a Sunday circulation of 150,000.

Peck came to Memphis after serving as the first Belo Distinguished Chair of Journalism at Southern Methodist University. Before that, he was editor of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. Under his direction, The Spokesman-Review was cited by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the 25 best newspapers in the United States.

At The Commercial Appeal, Peck has focused on strengthening ties between the newspaper and the diverse communities of Memphis. He has continued the newspaper’s tradition of strong local investigative and enterprise reporting. In 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010 The Commercial Appeal won the General Excellence Award from the Tennessee Press Association as the best daily newspaper in the state. Peck’s column also has been cited as best personal commentary in Tennessee three years in a row.

Peck was raised in a newspaper family in Wyoming. His first job, at age 11, was as janitor of the family newspaper, The Riverton Ranger. His brother continues to publish the family paper today.

Peck is a 1972 graduate of Stanford University where he wrote and edited for The Stanford Daily. He also studied at Northwestern University in the Media Management Center’s Advanced Executive Program.

Text Only | Print | Got a Question? Ask TOM | Contact Us | Memphis, TN 38152 | 901/678-2000 | Copyright 2015 University of Memphis | Important Notice | Last Updated: 
Last Updated: 1/23/12