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Media Memo: Mike McCurry to Be 2005
Devroy Forum speaker

TO: News/Assignment Editors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, director, UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

DATE: Feb. 4, 2005

SUBJECT: Mike McCurry to be 2005 Devroy Forum speaker

Mike McCurry, former White House and State Department spokesman, will be the Ann Devroy Forum speaker this year.

The 2005 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum is slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Schofield Hall.

A reception will be held for members of the news media and other invited guests prior to the Forum presentation.

McCurry served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton from 1995-98. Prior to joining the White House staff, he was spokesman for the Department of State from 1993-95, where he earned accolades as chief spokesman for then Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

Prior to his government service, McCurry held communications and press relations jobs in national politics and on Capitol Hill. From 1988-90, he was director of communications for the Democratic National Committee. He was national press secretary for the 1988 vice presidential campaign of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen. He was spokesman and political strategist in the Democratic presidential campaigns of Sen. John Glenn, Gov. Bruce Babbitt and Sen. Bob Kerrey in 1984, 1988 and 1992 respectively.

McCurry began his political career on the staff of the United States Senate, working from 1976-81 as press secretary to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and to the Committee's chairman, Sen. Harrison Williams Jr. From 1981-83, he served as press secretary to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

McCurry is a principal partner of Public Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm where he has practiced since leaving the White House. He serves on boards or advisory councils for Share Our Strength, the Center for International Private Enterprise, the Council for Excellence in Government, the Junior Statesmen Foundation and the Wesley Theological Seminary.

McCurry earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1976 and a master's degree from Georgetown University in 1985.

For details about the Devroy Forum, contact Karen Kremer, chair of the department of communication and journalism, at (715) 836-4431 or kremerkm@uwec.edu.

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