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March 14, 2005
CONTACT: Amy Cowles

New York Times Executive Editor
William Keller to Speak April 26

New York Times executive editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Keller 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 of The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Keller's talk, "Does the Press Matter Any More?," will be one of his rare public speaking appearances.

Keller has been newsroom chief of The New York Times since July 2003. He has a long history with the paper, having served in many roles since joining it as a correspondent in the Washington bureau in 1984. From 1986 to 1991, he was a correspondent in Moscow, rising to bureau chief from 1989 to 1991. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his coverage of the Soviet Union. After Moscow, Keller was chief of the Times bureau in Johannesburg from 1992 until 1995, when he was named the paper's foreign editor, a position he held until 1997. Keller was managing editor from 1997 to September 2001. Before stepping into his current position, he was an op-ed columnist and senior writer for The New York Times Magazine. Prior to the Times, Keller had been a reporter for The Dallas Times Herald, for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, and The Portland Oregonian, where he started his career in 1970.

The Frank R. Kent Memorial Lecture honors the journalist who served as a Baltimore Sun correspondent in the 1920s and as its 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. The lecture is free and open to the public. Because seating and parking are limited, reservations are required. Send an e-mail message to KellerEvent@jhu.edu.

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