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Media contacts:
Jane Turnis
(719) 389-6138

Leslie Weddell
(719) 389-6038


Man behind the popular “Conventional Wisdom Watch” to give lecture

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Feb. 27, 2007 – Newsweek senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter, the man behind the weekly “Conventional Wisdom Watch,” which uses up, down and sideways arrows to measure and lampoon the news, will analyze recent and pending elections when he speaks at Colorado College next week.

Alter’s lecture, "Making Sense of 2006/2008 National Elections," will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in Gaylord Hall, located on the main floor of the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., on the Colorado College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Alter has written a widely-acclaimed Newsweek column that examines politics, media and social and global issues. He has covered the last six presidential campaigns for Newsweek. In addition, he frequently interviews American presidents and other world leaders and has authored more than 50 Newsweek cover stories. Over the years, he has written extensively about party politics, patriotism, anti-Semitism, weapons of mass destruction and at-risk children.

His book, “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope,” was published in May 2006. He is also co-author of “Selecting a President” and co-editor of “Inside the System.”

Since 1996, Alter also has been a contributing correspondent for NBC News, where he appears regularly on all NBC broadcasts including “TODAY,” “NBC Nightly News,” NBC News specials, MSNBC and CNBC. In spring 1997, Alter was the Ferris Visiting Professor of Press and Politics at Princeton University.

Alter has earned many awards for his political columns, including a prize from the National Headliner Awards for a series of columns on life after 9/11.

He was also a member of the teams of Newsweek reporters and editors awarded the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 1993, 2002, 2004. He received the John Bartlow Martin Award in 2001 for his reporting on the death penalty. Alter also received the 1994 Clarion Award from Women in Communications for Best Magazine Opinion Column, and the 1993 National Headliner Award for Consistently Outstanding Feature Column.

His many awards for media criticism include the 1987 Lowell Mellett Award and two New York State Bar Association Media Awards. In 1995, Alter was selected one of the nation’s most influential media critics in a survey of leading media executives and scholars published by the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University. He also won the 1987 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business Reporting, and a Mentoring USA Award for encouraging mentoring.

Alter’s lecture is sponsored by the Colorado College political science department and the William Jovanovich Endowment fund.

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

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