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Political Correspondent Dan Balz to Be Featured Speaker at April 23 Devroy Forum

RELEASED: April 2, 2009

Dan Balz
Dan Balz

EAU CLAIRE — Dan Balz, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at the 2009 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum this month at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Balz's presentation, "The Obama Administration: How They Got There. Where They're Going," will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 23 in Schofield Auditorium.

Balz, who joined the Post in 1978, has been involved in the paper's political coverage as a reporter or editor for 27 years. He has served as national editor, political editor, White House correspondent and as the paper's Texas-based Southwest correspondent.

He is co-author, with Ronald Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times, of the 1996 book "Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival, an analysis of the Republican victories in the 1994 elections and the reshaping of the Republican Party." He also is co-author, with Haynes Johnson, of the book "The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election," a narrative history of the 2008 campaign that will be published in August.

A past recipient of the American Political Science Association's Carey McWilliams Award for political coverage, Balz also shared the 2003 Gerald R. Ford Award for coverage of the presidency.

A regular panelist on PBS's "Washington Week," Balz has been a frequent guest on PBS's "News Hour with Jim Lehrer," NBC's "Meet the Press," CBS's "Face the Nation" and many other programs.

Before joining the Post, Balz worked as a reporter and deputy editor for National Journal and as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in communications from the University of Illinois and served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1971.

The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and the 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.

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 Gannet 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 USA Today. She joined The Washington Post in 1985, and covered the White House 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's department of communication and journalism, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., Wisconsin Newspaper Association, and the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

The Forum event is free and open to the public.

People with special needs should call 715-836-2787 prior to the event for assistance.

For details about the Devroy Fund or Forum, contact Dr. Mary Hoffman, chair of the department of communication and journalism, at 715-836-4431 or hoffmamf@uwec.edu.

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