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Washington Post Editors Bob Kaiser and Bob Woodward to Be Featured Speakers at April 26 Devroy Forum

RELEASED: Feb. 27, 2007

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EAU CLAIRE — Washington Post editors Bob Kaiser and Bob Woodward will be the featured speakers at the 10th annual Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 26 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The forum presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena and will feature a live conversation, via video hookup, with Washington Post assistant managing editor Woodward. The Post's associate editor, Kaiser, will be in Eau Claire to join the conversation. Both journalists will take questions from the audience after their presentation.

Before the forum, Kaiser will attend a supper session sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich for the local media and invited guests. Kaiser will speak on "The Importance of Learning the Government's Secrets."

"I actually think history might have taken a different course if Ann had lived to cover the administration of George W. Bush, whom she knew well," wrote Kaiser in a note accepting the invitation to honor Devroy's memory. "No reporter penetrated the secrecy surrounding the Bush White House in the first term; I can't help thinking Ann could have done it."

Devroy was a 1970 graduate of UW-Eau Claire. She 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.

Both Woodward and Kaiser have had long careers at the Post. Woodward joined the paper in 1971. He and reporter Carl Bernstein won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for the Post with their work on the Watergate scandal. More recently, he was the lead reporter the Post's articles on the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. That effort garnered the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national affairs reporting. Woodward has authored or co-authored 11 national best-selling books. His most recent book, "State of Denial," is the final installment of a trilogy about the George W. Bush White House.

Kaiser has been an associate editor at the Post since 1998. Previously he was managing editor, second in command of the newsroom, for seven years. He also has worked for the Post as a foreign correspondent in Vietnam and Moscow in addition to covering the U.S. Senate and the 1980 presidential campaign. He is the author of six books, including "The News About the News," which he co-authored with Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr.

UW-Eau Claire's Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and Devroy Memorial Fund were established to recognize Devroy's outstanding journalistic work. 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's communication and journalism department, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and The Forum lecture series at UW-Eau Claire.

The forum is free and open to the public.

For details about the Devroy fund or forum, contact Jan Larson, interim chair of the department of communication and journalism, at 715-836-4431 or larsoja@uwec.edu.

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