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Lumpkin: Schieffer Symposium brings ‘prestigious journalists’ to campus

The seventh annual Schieffer Symposium on the News will allow those in the TCU and Fort Worth communities to see respected journalists as real people, Director of the Schieffer School of Journalism John Lumpkin said.

“It brings the top journalists in their fields to the TCU campus for the benefit of the students, our faculty and the surrounding Fort Worth community,” Lumpkin said.

He said the symposium is Bob Schieffer’s personal project, and TCU is able to get so many “prestigious journalists” to come because of Schieffer’s influence and reach. The event is an opportunity for students to see these journalists in person and to see them discuss a range of subjects.

“They get a personal, first-hand look at the people that they only see on television or read in newspapers or on the Internet,” Lumpkin said. “They see them as real people, and they see them interact on a range of subjects in an academic forum with one of the best moderators that you can find.”

Bob Schieffer, a 1959 TCU graduate, will act as host of the event. Schieffer serves as a moderator on CBS’ “Face the Nation” as well as CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent. The panelists will include Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, host and co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of “The Huffington Post,” and Brit Hume, senior political analyst on the FOX News Channel and regular panelist on “Fox News Sunday.”

This is the first time the symposium will not include anyone from the three networks of ABC, NBC and CBS. It is also the first time none of the panelists are national correspondents or known columnists for big newspapers, Lumpkin said.

Lumpkin said there is close to 1,000 people expected to attend, and tickets sales will continue through noon Wednesday.

Schieffer and the panelists will be available for group interview from 5:00-5:30 p.m. Interviewers will answer questions in the Schieffer School HD news studio on the first floor of Moudy Building South.

Seventh Annual Schieffer Symposium on the News

Featuring Bob Schieffer, Mika Brzezinski, Arianna Huffington, Brit Hume and Joe Scarborough

6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Ed Landreth Auditorium

To purchase tickets online, visit Tickets are $20 for the public. TCU students may attend for free with a valid student ID, but must RSVP at [email protected] to reserve a seat.

CONTACT: Holly Ellman


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