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Award-winning journalist John Hockenberry is UI lecturer March 18
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Award-winning journalist John Hockenberry will lecture
at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, March 18, in the Iowa Memorial Union.
The lecture, sponsored by the University Lecture Committee and co-sponsored
by UI Student Disability Services, will be in the Main Lounge at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who
need accommodations in order to participate should contact the Lecture
Committee at (319) 335-3255.
A political analyst and correspondent for ABC-TV, Hockenberry also is
the author of "Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations
of Independence," an entertaining, provocative and often outrageous
memoir of his life as a foreign correspondent and of overcoming obstacles.
Since he was involved in a car accident in Pennsylvania at age 19, Hockenberry
has been a paraplegic.
Known to pursue hard hitting news stories that entail death-defying
exploits, Hockenberry is highly regarded for his tenacity and keen insight.
Among his awards, Hockenberry received an Emmy for his work as a correspondent
with ABC's news magazine show "Day One." He contributed a wide
range of stories, including an investigation of NASA's plans to build a
space station with the Russians; an interview with controversial Russian
politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky; and a report on the scientific controversy
over whether HIV is the sole cause of AIDS.
Before joining ABC-TV, he spent 12 years as a general assignment reporter,
Middle East correspondent and host of a number of National Public Radio
programs, most recently "Talk of the Nation." During the Persian
Gulf Crisis in 1990-1991, as an NPR reporter, he was assigned to the Middle
East, where he was one of the first western broadcast journalists to file
from the Kurdish refugee camps. Prior to that, he spent two years (1988-1990)
based in Jerusalem during the most intense conflict of the Palestinian
A two-time Peabody Award winner, this journalist who studied music composition
and harpsichord performance as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon,
also includes among his accomplishments hosting the radio program "Weekend
Edition Saturday," and writing for the New York Times, Modern Maturity
magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review and the Washington Post.
Hockenberry also was among 40 finalists in the "Journalists in