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Washington Post Reporter Dana Milbank to Be Featured Speaker at April 25 Devroy Forum

RELEASED: April 10, 2006

Dana Milbank
Dana Milbank

EAU CLAIRE — Dana Milbank, a national political reporter for The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at the ninth annual Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 25 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The forum presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in Schofield Auditorium. The title of Milbank's presentation is "Who's afraid of the big bad blog?"

In addition to his work as a national political reporter for The Washington Post, Milbank is the author of the Post's "Washington Sketch," an observational column about political theater in the capital; writes the weekly "Washington Week in Preview" for the online magazine Slate; and appears regularly on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann and other news programs.

Milbank joined the Post at the beginning of the 2000 presidential campaign as a political writer in the Style section, where he wrote dispatches from the campaign trail that formed his campaign book, "Smashmouth."

Milbank covered President Bush's first term and the 2004 election as a White House correspondent on the Post's national staff. During his time on the White House beat, he won the White House Correspondent Association's Beckman award for "repeated excellence in White House coverage" and was named one of the nation's top political journalists by Columbia Journalism Review and Washingtonian magazine.

Before joining the Post, Milbank spent two years as a senior editor of The New Republic, where he was author of the magazine's Campaign Journal and White House Watch columns. Prior to that, he was a staff reporter of The Wall Street Journal for eight years, based in Pittsburgh, Boston, London and Washington, D.C., where he covered Congress. He also has written for The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine, and he has provided commentary for a range of network and cable television news programs.

Milbank is a 1990 graduate of Yale University, where he received his bachelor's degree in political science.

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 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, which was owned by the Gannett Co. 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 the USA Today. She joined The Washington Post in 1985, and covered the White House for The Post from 1989 until her death in 1997.

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 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.

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

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JB

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