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2008.10.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Biographer of Late Omaha Newsman to Speak Oct. 20

Omaha - The first Distinguished Fall Break Lecture Series, hosted by the School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will feature Northwestern University’s Loren Ghiglione at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20 at the Omaha Press Club.

Ghiglione wrote the book “CBS's Don Hollenbeck: An Honest Reporter in the Age of McCarthyism.” Hollenbeck was a controversial and courageous broadcast correspondent of the 1940s and early 1950s who became a target of McCarthyism and committed suicide at age 49 (captured in George Clooney's 2005 movie, "Good Night, and Good Luck").

Hollenbeck had a distinguished career reporting and editing for Nebraska newspapers, first at the Lincoln Journal (he married and divorced the boss's daughter) and then for almost a decade at William Randolph Hearst's lively Omaha Bee-News during Prohibition, when the city was known for speakeasies, prostitutes and political corruption.

Ghiglione (pronounced Gill-yo-nay) is the Richard A. Schwarzlose Professor of Media Ethics at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. From 2001 to 2006 he served as Medill's dean and, in 2006-2007, as president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.

In an earlier life he owned and edited community newspapers in New England for 26 years and served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

He has written or edited eight books about journalism, including two about Hollenbeck, who spent the bulk of his newspaper career in Omaha and is buried here.

Tickets to the luncheon are $12 and can be purchased by contacting Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication director, at jlipschultz@unomaha.edu or (402) 203-7247.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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