CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 30, 2000
ABC investigative reporter, UI graduate, to speak at journalism banquet
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross
is scheduled to visit the University of Iowa Friday, April 7 to deliver the
keynote address at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Fourth
Estate awards banquet. Ross' speech is scheduled to take place at the Iowa
Memorial Union Main Lounge after dinner at approximately 8 p.m. Ross is a
graduate of the UI journalism school and a member of the school's Hall of
Ross will be speaking to a group of aspiring reporters who are being honored
for their journalistic achievements during the last year. The students will
take home more than $110,000 in scholarships and prizes awarded at the banquet.
Also at the banquet, William Hageboeck, a 1928 graduate of the school, will
be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hageboeck is a member of the school's Professional
Advisory Board and a former advertising manager, general manager and publisher
for the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Tickets for the banquet and Ross's presentation are available to the public
from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, W615 Seashore Hall.
Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for non-students. For more information,
call (319) 335-3486.
Ross began his career at KWWL-TV in Waterloo in 1972, worked his way up
to chief investigative correspondent in his 18 years at NBC News, and then
joined ABC News as chief investigative correspondent in July 1994.
At ABC he has reported extensively for Nightline, World News Tonight With
Peter Jennings, PrimeTime Live, 20/20 and Good Morning America. Most recently,
Ross uncovered new information for ABC on the Valujet plane crash, the Unabomber
investigation, and the Oklahoma City bombing investigation. He also first
reported the arrest of Robert Vesco, one of America's most wanted fugitives.
Ross's investigations have ranged from an exposé of the illegal use
of bogus airplane parts by America's major airlines to the widespread corruption
inside many court-ordered domestic violence rehabilitation programs.
During his career, Ross has earned numerous major journalism awards. In
a two-part report for Dateline NBC in 1992, Ross investigated Wal-Mart's campaign
to "buy American whenever we can" and revealed that over the seven
years of the campaign, Wal-Mart's overseas imports had dramatically increased.
Ross went undercover to Bangladesh and found factories full of children working
to produce Wal-Mart's private label clothes. His reports won several prestigious
awards, including a George Polk Award.
Ross solidified his reputation for investigative reporting at NBC by breaking
stories such as the 1980 ABSCAM story, for which he was honored with a National
Headliner Award. In 1989, he broke a number of stories on a Colombian drug
cartel, including the highly publicized story that Israeli mercenaries were
training Colombian assassins. His exclusive report in March 1990, that Iraq
was trying to buy trigger mechanisms for nuclear weapons, just months before
the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, made headlines worldwide.
(EDITORS NOTE: Brian Ross will be available to meet with local media April
7 at 3 p.m. in River Room 1 of the Iowa Memorial Union.)