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Veteran Journalist Mark Shields to Deliver Minow Lecture

PBS NewsHour commentator to discuss challenges of covering presidential contests

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Mark Shields -- the veteran journalist dubbed “a walking almanac of American politics” by The Washington Post -- will talk about his experiences covering the 2012 and other presidential campaigns when he delivers the Newton Minow Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Northwestern University.

On campus as the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication’s Minow Visiting Professor, Shields will speak at 4 p.m. at the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Shields has provided political analysis and commentary on national campaigns for “The PBS NewsHour” since 1988, and played an integral role in PBS coverage of this year’s Democratic and Republican conventions and the recent first debate between President Obama and former Governor Romney.

Well known to television and newspaper audiences, he began his popular syndicated column in 1979 as an editorial writer for The Washington Post. Shields has worked on or covered the last 11 presidential campaigns.

Josephine Baskin Minow and Newton N. Minow established the Minow Visiting Professorship in Communications at Northwestern in 1981. Their gift brings a distinguished member of the communications field to campus for an exchange of ideas and discussions with students and faculty. The 2012 Minow Lecture is presented with the assistance of Medill.

For more information on the Oct. 9 lecture, contact Jasmine Rangel at or (847) 467-0726. For a complete schedule of Medill’s fall lectures, visit

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