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Washington Post's Scott Wilson to replace Al Kamen as April 17 Devroy Forum speaker

April 15, 2014
Scott Wilson 
Scott Wilson

EAU CLAIRE — Scott Wilson, White House bureau chief for The Washington Post, will replace Post columnist and blogger Al Kamen as the featured speaker April 17 for the 17th annual Ann Devroy Memorial Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Wilson will discuss covering the White House in the age of social media during the forum, which begins at 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Kamen previously had been announced as the Devroy speaker but is unable to attend due to a back injury.

Following his presentation, Wilson will take questions from the audience about anything having to do with politics and 21st-century journalism.

The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum is presented annually in memory of 1970 UW-Eau Claire journalism graduate Ann Devroy, whose ambition and talent led her through an extraordinary career before her death in 1997 at age 49. For the complete history of Devroy and the memorial forum created in her name, visit the forum website.

Before becoming The Washington Post's White House bureau chief — the same position held by Devroy from 1989 until her death in 1997 — Wilson served as the paper's deputy assistant managing editor for foreign news; Jerusalem bureau chief; Middle East correspondent based in Amman, Jordan; and Andean bureau chief based in Bogotá, Colombia.

Wilson has received awards from the Overseas Press Club and the Inter American Press Association for his work abroad. He also won the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award from the White House Correspondents' Association and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency for his coverage of the Obama administration. A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., Wilson began at The Post in 1997. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Glen Echo, Md., with his wife, Andrea, and their three children.

As an additional highlight of the Devroy Forum, one UW-Eau Claire journalism student who shows exceptional promise is selected to receive the Devroy Fellowship, which includes a January residency at The Washington Post and a paid summer internship at one of Wisconsin's three largest newspapers.

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