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Andrea Mitchell to Speak April 22
In Zorn Arena at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  March 31, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, will be the featured speaker at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Mitchell’s presentation, titled “The 2004 Presidential Campaign: New Challenges for Broadcast News,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Since being named chief foreign affairs correspondent in 1994, Mitchell has reported on foreign policy issues in the United States and abroad for all NBC News broadcasts, including “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “Today” and CNBC and MSNBC.

In 2002 and 2003, Mitchell covered the United Nations debate leading to the Iraq war and reported on questions surrounding pre-war intelligence and weapons of mass destruction.

“We’re fortunate to bring to campus a highly respected reporter with many years of experience covering national and international politics,” said Karen Kremer, chair of UW-Eau Claire’s communication and journalism department and coordinator of the Devroy Forum. “Andrea Mitchell will provide us with incredible insight into the complex issues at the center of the 2004 presidential election.”

As a longtime analyst of the intelligence community, Mitchell has reported on Osama Bin Ladin and his Al Qaeda network since 1996. Her past assignments have included traveling to North Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan and Haiti. Her exclusive interviews with Cuban President Fidel Castro resulted in a documentary on Cuba.

Mitchell hosted MSNBC’s “The Mitchell Report” throughout the 2000 campaign. She interviewed newsmakers in Washington, D.C., and on the campaign trail. She also was the lead NBC News correspondent covering Hillary Rodham Clinton’s race for the Senate in 2000.

From 1988-1992, Mitchell was chief congressional correspondent, reporting on the savings and loan bailout, the Clarence Thomas hearings and other issues. She also was a political analyst on “Today.”

Mitchell, who has covered every presidential election since 1972, first covered the White House for NBC News from 1981-1988. She reported on a variety of stories, including arms control, tax reform and the Iran-contra scandal, and traveled extensively with President Reagan to summits with Mikhail Gorbachev and other world leaders.

Mitchell joined NBC News in 1978 as a general correspondent based in Washington, D.C. In 1979, she was named energy correspondent.

Before joining NBC, she was a correspondent for WDVM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. From 1967-1976, she reported for KYW Radio and KYW-TV in Philadelphia.

A native of New York, Mitchell received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is married to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Every spring editors at The Washington Post help arrange for a member of the national media to come to UW-Eau Claire to share their observations and expertise, as well as talk about the qualities that made Ann Devroy an exceptional reporter. The guests meet with student journalists and regional media, and give a Forum presentation for the community.

The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and Devroy Memorial Fund were established to recognize the outstanding journalistic work of 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate Ann Devroy, who died of cancer in 1997 at the age of 49.

Devroy, a Green Bay native, was a White House correspondent — often described as the most challenging and glamorous assignment in journalism — for more than 15 years. She covered the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations.

Devroy began her journalism career while still a student at UW-Eau Claire, interning at the Milwaukee Journal and reporting for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. After graduating, she worked for the Bridgewater, N.J., daily The Courier-News, owned by the Gannett Co., and became city editor. In 1977, she moved to Gannett News Service’s Washington bureau. She covered Congress for two years before becoming White House correspondent for Gannett and its new national newspaper, USA Today. Devroy joined The Washington Post in 1985.

Pulitzer Prize-winning political correspondent David S. Broder — who in 1998 was the first Devroy Forum speaker — called his late Washington Post colleague “the most dogged, determined, complete reporter any of us ever saw.”

The Devroy fund awards a scholarship and helps defray the cost of a three-week residency at The Washington Post for Devroy winners. Winners also have paid internships at Wisconsin daily newspapers. The Devroy winner is announced during the Forum presentation.

The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum is sponsored by The Washington Post Co., UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism department, UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and The Forum lecture series.

The forum event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission. Reserved seating tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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Updated: March 31, 2004