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Devroy Forum Event

 MAILED:  April 23, 2003

Lou Cannon, a former The Washington Post reporter and current contributing editor to the California Journal, will talk with the news media and other invited guests during a gathering prior to his Ann Devroy Memorial Forum presentation Thursday, April 24.

The pre-forum event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with supper in the Greenbriar Room at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Cannon will make some comments at 6:15 p.m., followed by an informal question-and-answer session.

The Devroy Forum presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena on campus. Cannon's presentation is titled "Why We Write: Reflections of a Reporter and Biographer."

Cannon is best known for his biographies of Ronald Reagan and his social history of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The former Washington Post reporter is now a free-lance writer who lectures and writes on the presidency, police issues, the media and California politics. Cannon has written four Reagan biographies, including the acclaimed "President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime."

The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and Ann Devroy Memorial Fund were established in 1997 to recognize the outstanding journalistic work of the 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate who died of cancer in 1997. The Devroy fund awards a scholarship of at least $1,400 to a UW-Eau Claire student who shows exceptional promise and ability as a journalist, who has made outstanding contributions to the university's student newspaper and who demonstrates financial need. The fund also helps defray the cost of a three-week residency at The Washington Post for the Devroy winner. In addition, Devroy winners have paid internships at Wisconsin daily newspapers.

Ann Devroy, a Green Bay native, was a White House correspondent for The Washington Post for more than 15 years. She covered the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations.

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Updated: December 28, 2004