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Washington Post Associate Editor to be
Devroy Forum Speaker April 29
MAILED: April 16, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Karen DeYoung, associate editor of The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at the fifth annual Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 29 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
DeYoung's presentation, titled "Government and the News Media Since 9/11: A Washington Perspective," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.
As associate editor at the Post, DeYoung works as a senior foreign policy correspondent. Since the events of Sept. 11, she has been covering national security and foreign policy/global issues involving the White House. She also has done some reporting on Iraq and Afghanistan, and she's recently traveled to Africa to follow up on AIDS reporting she had done previously.
DeYoung joined the Post in 1975 as a metro reporter, covering Prince George's County in Maryland. In 1977, she was appointed the Post's Latin American bureau chief, covering South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. She returned in 1980 as a deputy foreign editor and became foreign editor in 1981. In 1985, DeYoung became the Post's London bureau chief. Upon her return in 1989, she became national editor. In 1990, DeYoung was named the assistant managing editor for national news. She was appointed to her current position in 1999.
In 1981, DeYoung received the Maria Moors Cabot Award for promoting inter-American understanding, and in 1980 she won the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for foreign reporting on the Nicaraguan revolution and the Salvadorian war. Before joining the Post, DeYoung was a feature writer for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida.
Born in Chicago, DeYoung graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1971.
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 fund awards a scholarship of at least $1,400 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 for the Devroy winner. In addition, Devroy winners have paid internships at Wisconsin daily newspapers. Leah Thorsen, the 2001 Devroy winner, will intern this summer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the winner of this year's award will spend the summer of 2003 as an intern at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison.
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.
Also attending this year's event will be Milton Coleman, deputy managing editor of The Washington Post; Mark Matthews, Devroy's widower and diplomatic correspondent for The Baltimore Sun; and several UW-Eau Claire alumni who won the Devroy award in past years.
Coleman and Matthews will meet with UW-Eau Claire journalism students throughout the day on April 29. Coleman, who has been with the Post since 1976, is a UW-Milwaukee graduate who began his journalism career as a reporter for the Milwaukee Courier.
In conjunction with the Devroy Forum event, UW-Eau Claire's communication and journalism department and Wisconsin Newspaper Association will dedicate the WNA Hall of Fame. The dedication is slated for 4:30 p.m. April 29 in Hibbard Hall.
At 5:15 p.m. April 29, a display commemorating the Devroy fund and fellowship will be unveiled in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. The display includes a plaque with information about Devroy and the names of the recipients and Devroy Forum speakers.
The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum is sponsored by The Washington Post Co., the UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism department, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and UW-Eau Claire's 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.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 16, 2002