Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd brings political commentator Tucker Carlson to Greenville

October 4, 2008

GREENVILLE, SC – Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, is bringing Tucker Carlson, senior political correspondent for MSNBC, to the Upstate for its annual Distinguished Lectureship on Tuesday, October 14, at 5:30 p.m., in downtown Greenville.

The public is invited to attend and participate in “A Conversation with Tucker Carlson,” one of America’s leading political pundits who will speak on Politics and Partisans: Election 2008.     This year’s free program will be relocated from the Falls Park amphitheater on the Reedy River to nearby Wyche Pavilion, which is covered and allows the event to be held rain or shine.  Final Lectureship format details will be announced shortly.

Carlson, 39, formerly hosted MSNBC’s Tucker, a fast paced, no-holds-barred conversation about the day’s developments in news, politics, world issues and pop culture. Television viewers will easily recognize Carlson who is known for wearing bow-ties on air.  Carlson competed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars reality show in 2006. His game show, Do You Trust Me?, is under development at CBS.

Anne S. Ellefson, the law firm’s managing director, said, “The 2008 presidential election is less than 40 days away, and the public’s interest is very high. Who better than Tucker Carlson, who clearly likes to interact with the audience, to be our presenter?”  She added, “Tucker Carlson is one of the best-known political commentators in the country.  His participation will continue the Lectureship’s recent tradition of bringing in the best and brightest political minds, people who recognize the active role South Carolinians take in the political process. In 2008 alone, the Palmetto State helped seal the GOP nomination for Senator McCain and proved a real turning point for Senator Obama. We take our politics seriously here, and the national media know it.  I think Tucker is as excited to be coming as we are to have him.” 
Carlson joined MSNBC in February 2005 from CNN, where he was the youngest anchor in the history of that network. At CNN, he hosted a number of shows and specials, including the network’s political debate program, Crossfire. During the same period, Carlson also hosted a weekly public affairs program on PBS, Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered.
A longtime magazine and newspaper journalist, Carlson has reported from around the world, most recently from Iraq and Lebanon.  He has been a columnist for New York magazine and Reader’s Digest.  He currently writes for Esquire, The Weekly Standard and New York Times Magazine.  Carlson began his journalism career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock. His first book, Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News, was published in the fall of 2003. 

With a major gift to the Falls Park Endowment, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd established a Distinguished Lectureship for five years to bring authoritative and informative speakers who are not offered elsewhere to the Upstate. Previous speakers have included Bob Costas, Fred Barnes, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt.

Mark your calendars now and be part of the 2008 pre-election political conversation.  All viewpoints are welcome, and questions will be taken from the audience.

About the Firm
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. provides business, litigation and financial legal services to national and international clients.  With a history dating back more than 100 years, it is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas with 140 attorneys.  In addition to the Greenville office, the firm has offices in Charleston, Columbia, and Florence. For more information, visit www.hsblawfirm.com.