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Georgie Anne Geyer Lecture with David Jones and Hedrick Smith

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dominican University will present the second annual Georgie Anne Geyer Initiative lecture on Thursday, November 16, at 7 p.m. The program, titled "Reporting In and On Russia," will feature a discussion with Hedrick Smith, former New York Times' bureau chief in Moscow and in Washington, and David Jones, deputy managing editor of Voice of America, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

During a 40-year career in journalism, Jones has reported from more than 30 countries on five continents. He began his career at United Press International (UPI), where he worked as a reporter and editor in Washington, D.C. and Hong Kong and as a bureau chief in Toronto, the Philippines and Kenya, supervising UPI's coverage during periods of war and political instability. From 1994 to 2008, he worked for The Washington Times as a foreign editor covering pivotal elections in Israel, South Africa, Germany and Nicaragua, and eventually as managing editor.

In 2012, Jones joined Voice of America, the world's largest international broadcaster. Created in 1942 to share pro-democracy news and combat Nazi propaganda across Europe, the VOA now reaches more than 236 million people weekly through radio and television programming by 2,500 affiliates in more than 45 languages.

Hedrick Smith has covered six American presidents and their administrations, as well as the Vietnam War from Saigon, the Middle East conflict from Cairo, and the Cold War from Moscow and Washington, D.C. In 1971, as the Times' chief diplomatic correspondent, he was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series.

An Emmy Award-winning producer/correspondent for the PBS show, Frontline, Smith was the correspondent and creator of "Inside Gorbachev's USSR," a 1991 PBS documentary series which won the Columbia-DuPont Award for best public affairs program. He has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series which have probed accounting scandals, conflicts on Wall Street, corporate fraud and tax evasion as well as the collapsing private pension system, data mining and domestic eavesdropping by the NSA and FBI.

Smith is the author of several books, including the bestselling, The Russians (1975), based on his years as the Times' Moscow bureau chief; The Power Game: How Washington Works(1987); and, most recently, Who Stole the American Dream? (2012).

The Georgie Anne Geyer Initiative at Dominican University recognizes the distinguished 50-year career of foreign correspondent Georgie Anne Geyer, the first Western reporter to gain access to Saddam Hussein. Geyer has interviewed world leaders and tyrants, including Fidel Castro, Juan Peron, Yasser Arafat, Anwar Sadat, Muammar Gaddafi and Ayatollah Khomeini. She was held by authorities in Angola for reporting during the country's civil war and was threatened by death squads in Guatemala. Her most recent book, Predicting the Unthinkable, Anticipating the Impossible, is a compilation of domestic and foreign dispatches in which she documented some of the most important world events in history.

The Geyer Initiative funds scholarships for Dominican University students aspiring to be foreign correspondents. The scholarships cover expenses while students intern at Chicago-based foreign publications, broadcast stations and websites, or while participating in Dominican's study abroad programs.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Dominican University's Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest. Reservations are highly encouraged by contacting Christina Reilly a