Former New York Times Editor to Deliver Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture March 6

Bill Keller will discuss “The News Media in the Age of Trump”

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Former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller will discuss “The News Media in the Age of Trump” in the 48th Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture on March 6.

RIVERSIDE, California – Former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller will present the 48th Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture on Monday, March 6, at the University of California, Riverside.

Keller will discuss “The News Media in the Age of Trump” at 7:30 p.m. in Highlander Union Building (HUB) 302. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking will be free in Lot 1. Reservations are requested and can be made online.

Now the editor of The Marshall Project – a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization focused on crime and punishment in the United States – Keller will examine the challenges the Fourth Estate faces in covering the Trump presidency.

“A business model in collapse. An audience distracted by fake news and polarized by online venom. And now a president who declares a ‘running war with the media’ – not to mention a hostile relationship with the facts. Is it time for despair?” The answer, he says, is, “No.”

Howard H “Tim” Hays Jr., the former longtime owner and publisher of The Press-Enterprise newspaper, established the lecture series in 1966 to explore issues in journalism. His son, Tom Hays, created an endowment fund to make sure the tradition of the lecture lived on in Riverside even after his father’s death in 2011.

“For five decades now, the Hays Lecture has made UCR a critical forum for the most pressing issues in journalism. Bill Keller continues that tradition with this year’s lecture, and I look forward to his insights on the challenges faced by media in our nation and around the world,” said UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, who will introduce Keller at the lecture.

Keller joins a long line of prominent journalists who have traveled to Riverside to give the annual lecture, including Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee, and Marty Baron from the Washington Post, columnists George Will and James Reston, NBC board vice chairman Richard Salant, CNN President Tom Johnson, former Wall Street Journal publisher Karen House, Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, Los Angeles Times Editor Davan Maharaj, and Ray Suarez from the PBS NewsHour and Al-Jazeera.

Keller joined The Marshall Project in March 2014 after 30 years at The New York Times as a correspondent, editor and Op-Ed columnist. He served as the paper’s executive editor from July 2003 until September 2011, during which time the Times sustained and built its newsgathering staff, won 18 Pulitzer Prizes, and expanded its audience by adapting the newsroom to the journalistic potential of the Internet. The newsroom also participated in the creation of a digital subscription plan to help secure the company’s economic future.

Previously, Keller spent two years as an op-ed columnist and senior writer for The New York Times Magazine. He served as managing editor from 1997 to 2001, and as foreign editor from 1995 to 1997.

As chief of The Times bureau in Johannesburg from April 1992 until May 1995, he covered the end of white rule in South Africa. From December 1986 to October 1991, he was a Times correspondent in Moscow, reporting on the ultimate collapse of Communist rule and the breakup of the Soviet Union. In 1989, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage.

Before joining The Times, Mr. Keller was a reporter for The Dallas Times Herald, the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report in Washington, and The Portland Oregonian.

Keller graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in 1970 and is a member of the college’s board of trustees. He lives in New York with his wife, Emma Gilbey Keller, and their daughters, Molly and Alice.

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