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Wes Lowery: A Reckoning on Race and Objectivity in Journalism

As protests against racism and police violence swept the country last year, the movement forced racial reckonings in every kind of institution – including the newsroom.

Join the Office of the Provost, College of Arts, Media and Design Dean Elizabeth Hudson, and the School of Journalism on Oct. 18 to hear from a journalist on the front lines of this reckoning: Pulitzer Prize-winning CBS correspondent Wes Lowery.

In a widely-circulated New York Times op-ed, Lowery argued that most media organizations do not reflect the diversity of the country, negatively impacting their ability to holistically cover Black and Brown communities and elevate the voices of journalists of color. He joins a growing contingent of Black journalists publicly demanding an overdue paradigm shift in a profession still overwhelmingly led by white reporters and executives.

Lowery, formerly of The Washington Post, is a correspondent for CBS News’ 60 Minutes+ and one of the country’s most prominent journalists covering race, law enforcement, and social justice. In 2016, he led the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fatal Force” project tracking fatal police shootings across the country, and in 2014, was part of The Boston Globe team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing. Lowery is also the author of They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement.

Schedule of Events
5 – 6:15 p.m. EDT | Discussion with Wes Lowery
6:15 – 7:15 p.m. EDT | Reception


Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

This event is part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, an interdisciplinary conversation series inviting leaders in art, media, design, and academia to weigh in on the biggest ideas and most pressing issues in their fields. Join the College of Arts, Media and Design for thought-provoking discussions with some of the most prominent creative minds in the country.