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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
The Washington Post Editor
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MAILED: April 13, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — The executive editor of The Washington Post, Leonard Downie Jr., will speak at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum Thursday, April 27, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Chancellor Donald Mash will open the Forum at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Downie, who played a key role in supervising The Post's Watergate coverage, which won the Pulitzer Prize, will speak on "The Future of News." The event also will include the announcement of the UW-Eau Claire journalism student selected to receive the 2000 Ann Devroy Fellowship. A reception in the Dulany Inn, Davies Center, will follow the program.
Downie joined The Washington Post as a summer intern in 1964 and soon became a well-known local investigative reporter in Washington, specializing in crime, courts, housing and urban affairs. He worked on the metropolitan staff as a reporter and editor for 15 years, and was the assistant managing editor for metropolitan news from 1974 to 1979. As deputy metropolitan editor, Downie was an integral part of The Post's Watergate coverage. He was named London correspondent in 1979 and returned to Washington in 1982 as national editor. In 1984 he became managing editor and in 1992 was named executive editor.
Downie succeeded Ben Bradlee, the longtime executive editor who helped steer The Post through the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate investigation.
During his 36-year career at The Post, Downie won two Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Front Page awards, the American Bar Association Gavel award for legal reporting and the John Hancock award for excellence in business and financial writing.
Downie is the author of "Justice Denied," "Mortgage on America" and "The New Muckrakers." He also was a major contributor to "Ten Blocks From the White House: Anatomy of the Washington Riots of 1968."
The Ann Devroy Fund was established at UW-Eau Claire in 1997 to recognize the outstanding journalistic work of the late 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate who became the core of the White House press corps.
The primary purpose of the Ann Devroy Fund is to award a scholarship of at least $1,200 annually to a 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. In addition to the residency, the Devroy Fellowship winner will have a paid internship at a Wisconsin newspaper.
Ann Devroy was born in Green Bay Oct. 9, 1948, and died of cancer Oct. 23, 1997, at her home in Washington, D.C. She was a White House correspondent — often considered the most challenging and most glamorous assignment in journalism — for a total of 15 years, covering the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. During the nearly nine years Devroy reported for The Washington Post, the newspaper ran close to 2,500 stories under her byline — and put 857 of them on the front page.
The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum is sponsored by The Washington Post Company, the UW-Eau Claire department of communication and journalism, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and The Forum lecture series.
The 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. Tickets also will be available at the door if any remain.


UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: April 13, 2000