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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 11, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 29
'New York Times' Executive Editor William Keller to Speak April 26

William Keller

William Keller, executive editor of The New York Times and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will give the Frank R. Kent Memorial Lecture in Journalism at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus.

Keller's talk is titled "Does the Press Matter Anymore?" and will be one of his rare public speaking appearances.

Newsroom chief of The New York Times since July 2003, Keller has served in many roles since joining the paper as a correspondent in the Washington bureau in 1984. From 1986 to 1991, he was a correspondent and then bureau chief in Moscow, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his coverage of the Soviet Union.

Keller was subsequently chief of the Johannesburg bureau, foreign editor of the paper and, from 1997 to September 2001, managing editor. Before stepping into his current position, he was an op-ed columnist and senior writer for The New York Times Magazine. Prior to joining the Times, Keller was a reporter for The Dallas Times Herald, Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report and The Portland Oregonian.

The Frank R. Kent Memorial Lecture honors the journalist who served as a Baltimore Sun correspondent in the 1920s and as the paper's managing editor for 10 years. Kent is perhaps best known as the country's first daily political columnist and was renowned for his commentary on national political issues.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Institute for Policy Studies. Because seating and parking are limited, reservations are required; send an e-mail message to


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