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2004.11.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

Chris Wallace to Headline Nov. 30 ABC Breakfast

Omaha - "FOX News Sunday" host Chris Wallace has led many ground breaking investigations and is the recipient of several prestigious journalism awards. He will share his first-hand experiences as a senior news correspondent Tuesday, Nov. 30, during the Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series.

The event, sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 72nd and Grover streets. The doors will open at 7 a.m. for a breakfast buffet. Tickets cost $12.50 and can be purchased by calling (402) 554-2981.

Wallace is a former news correspondent for "PrimeTime Thursday" and was a frequent substitute host of "Nightline." He has interviewed and profiled numerous public figures, including former President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, film stars Jodie Foster and Morgan Freeman, golf legend Arnold Palmer and NBA great Magic Johnson.

His work has included a variety of investigations throughout the years on topics ranging from Australian safe havens for Nazi war criminals to waste and fraud in Medicare, food stamp and federal disability programs. Additionally, Wallace has led hidden-camera investigations that focused on gender bias, baggage theft on U.S. airlines, auto repair fraud and home appliance repair scams.

As a White House correspondent, Wallace covered former President Reagan's 1984 trip to China and four Reagan-Gorbachev summits. He also followed the 1980, 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns and was a floor reporter for NBC's coverage of those years' Democratic and Republican conventions. Wallace was also the first network correspondent in 1980 to report on George Bush being named Ronald Reagan's running mate.

Among his many honors are a duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, three Emmy Awards, a National Press Club Award for consumer journalism, a Headliners Award, and two Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

The ABC Breakfast Speaker Series is celebrating its 30th season in 2004-05 and is one of the nation's longest running speaker series. It is made possible through the support of attendees and the generosity of DLR Group/AIA, Northern Natural Gas, BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska and TIAA-CREF.

The next event, scheduled for Feb. 22, will feature national security expert Hugh Shelton.

For more information, call (402) 554-2981, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/~abc/.

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