Oct. 5, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome multiple Emmy Award-winner Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline,” on Wednesday, Oct. 18, when he will present MCLA’s Hardman Lecture, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

This lecture event, “Mass Media and Democratic Governance: The American Experience,” is free and open to the public. It is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment. A book signing will follow Pitts’ presentation.

Pitts is an anchor and the chief national correspondent at ABC. He previously was the chief national correspondent for CBS’s “Evening News with Katie Couric.” In addition, he was the lead correspondent for CBS at Ground Zero immediately following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and won an Emmy for his coverage.

A news veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Pitts also covered the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait, and the refugee crisis in Kosovo, among other news. He realized a life-long goal when he was named as a contributing correspondent to CBS’s “60 Minutes” in 2009.

Pitts recently released his second book, “Be the One: Six True Stories of Teens Overcoming Hardship with Hope,” which brings the struggles and triumphs of six everyday heroes to teens, encouraging all to be the source of inspiration in their own lives and to appreciate the lives of others around them.

His other awards include a national Emmy Award for his coverage of the Chicago train wreck of 1999 and a National Association of Black Journalists Award. In addition, Pitts is the recipient of four Associated Press awards and six regional Emmy Awards.

Upcoming fall lecturers at MCLA will include Jeffrey Toobin, senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, who will be the featured presenter at the Seventh Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, which is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust.

Toobin will present “Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.
In addition, Joanna Ballantine, vice president of Trustees of Reservations for the western region, will present the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall, in the Sammer Dennis Room (218). She will speak on "A Century of Preserving Nature and Culture for Future Generations: What’s Next?”

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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