Editor of The New Yorker magazine and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick will discuss “Press in the Age of Trump” at the 12th Annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series: In Praise of Independent Journalism Saturday, October 28, 2017.
The lecture, which is open to the public at no charge, will take place at the Rowland Hall campus, 720 Guardsman Way in Salt Lake City. Doors open at 6:00 PM; the lecture begins at 7:00 PM.
David Remnick is the author of several books, including “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama” and “Lenin’s Tomb,” for which he received both the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and a George Polk Award for excellence in journalism. A staff writer at The New Yorker since1992, he has written more than a hundred pieces for the magazine. Under Remnick’s leadership, The New Yorker has become the country’s most honored magazine, with a hundred and fifty-six National Magazine Award nominations and forty-one wins and three Pulitzer Prizes.
The Foundation will announce the winner of the statewide essay competition that it sponsors for students at colleges and universities in Utah during the Lecture and present the winning essayist with a check for $2,500.00. This year marks the ninth year of the Essay Competition: Winning essayists, to date, include three from the University of Utah; two from BYU; two from Westminster College; and one from Utah State University.
This year’s essay topic: In a letter dated May 30, 1973 about the Watergate story , Ben Bradlee, executive editor of the Washington Post, wrote “As long as a journalist tells the truth, in conscience and fairness, it is not his job to worry about consequences. The truth is never as dangerous as a lie in the long run. I truly believe the truth sets men free.”