Hodding Carter to Speak at Furman University Feb 18

January 30, 2009

GREENVILLE, SC – January 30, 2009 – W. Hodding Carter III, University of North Carolina professor, journalist and former State Department official, will speak Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in Shaw Hall of the Younts Conference Center.

Carter’s topic will be Democracy Challenged: How Big Money in Politics Influences Who Runs for Office, Who Wins and What They Do Once Elected.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Furman’s Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership.

For four years, Carter served as State Department spokesman for President Jimmy Carter and became a familiar face to the world during the Iran hostage crisis. He was Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, arriving at the State Department after working on the successful presidential campaigns of Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

A native of New Orleans, Carter comes from a distinguished family of journalists at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, Miss., where he began his journalism career as a reporter.

He worked in television journalism as an anchor, commentator and reporter at ABC, CNN, NBC, PBS, the CBC and the BBC. He won four Emmy Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award for documentaries for a media criticism series. He also has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post.

He is University Professor of Public Policy and Leadership at UNC at Chapel Hill and serves as director of the non-partisan Americans for Campaign Reform.

For more information, contact Jill Fuson of the Riley Institute at 864-294-3280 or at [email protected].