Dateline Evanston

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The Library Board of Governors and Northwestern University Archives present

Dateline Evanston
A Look Back at The Daily Northwestern
In 1881, two Northwestern publications merged to become “The Northwestern,” a daily student newspaper. Since that time, The Daily Northwestern, as it’s now known, has become a steadfast part of the Northwestern campus. Now over 120 years of the back run of The Daily, from 1871 to 2000, has been digitized by Northwestern University Library and NewsBank, inc. and will soon be available to Northwestern alumni online. Hear from former editors and reporters about how The Daily shaped their Northwestern experiences and career paths.
Christine Brennan (J ‘80, GJ ‘81)
Rance Crain (J ‘60)
George de Lama (J ‘79)
Donna Rosene Marx Leff (J ‘70, GJ ‘71)
Michael Wilbon (J ‘80)
Moderated by
Charles Whitaker (J ‘80, GJ ‘81)
Thursday, October 3, 2013
6:30pm | Cocktails
7:30pm | Presentation
Deering Meadow, Evanston Campus
Christine Brennan (J ’80, GJ ’81) is an award-winning USA Today sports columnist, best-selling author and commentator for ABC News, PBS NewsHour, CNN and NPR. She is a leading expert on the Olympics and women’s sports issues.
Rance Crain (J ’60) is president and editorial director of Crain Communications Inc, which publishes about 25 business publications, including Advertising Age, Automotive News and Crain’s Chicago Business. He began his career as a reporter for Advertising Age; which he still leads as editor-in-chief and also contributes a bi-weekly column.
George de Lama (J ’79) is president and CEO of Answers Learning, a startup educational solutions company he launched this year. Previously he served as the external relations advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank, following a 30 year career at the Chicago Tribune, where he rose through the newsroom ranks from summer intern to metro reporter, foreign and national correspondent, chief of correspondents and ultimately, managing editor for news.
Donna Rosene Marx Leff (J ’70, GJ ’71) is a professor of journalism at the Medill School of Journalism and a faculty affiliate of the University’s Institute for Policy Research. Leff’s interest in health policy research is an outgrowth of her award-winning investigative reporting for Chicago Today, the Chicago Tribune and the Ypsilanti Michigan Press. She reported on political corruption in Chicago in the 1970s and was an assistant city editor at the Tribune.
Michael Wilbon (J ’80) is columnist and commentator for ESPN, co-hosting “Pardon the Interruption” and appearing on ABC’s “NBA Sunday Countdown” pregame show. He started his career as a columnist and sports writer for the Washington Post.

Charles Whitaker (J ’80, GJ ’81) is the Helen Gurley Brown Research Chair in Magazine Journalism. He was named a Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Clinical Professor in 2004 and was awarded the Northwestern Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching award in 2005. Whitaker previously served as chairman of the Board of Directors of The Students Publishing Co., the entity charged with the fiscal stewardship of the The Daily Northwestern and Syllabus, the Northwestern yearbook.

To recap the event you can view photos or watch the entire panel discussion below.