College of Mass Communications Holds Annual Morris Lecture

By Morgan Grubbs

The College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University will host the annual William S. Morris III Distinguished Lecturer Series, featuring financial journalist Myron Kandel, at 6 p.m. April 5 in the International Cultural Center.

The series is named in honor of William S. Morris III, founder, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morris Communications Company LLC, for his work and assistance in establishing the Texas Tech College of Mass Communications. In addition, he was inducted into the Mass Communications Hall of Fame at Texas Tech’s College of Mass Communications in 1989.

Jerry C. Hudson, founding dean of the college, said Morris creating this series has been positive for the whole Texas Tech community.

“Mr. Morris established this endowment to enhance the quality of education for our students,” Hudson said. “His generosity has made it possible for us to bring a long list of experts to campus and share their wisdom with our students and faculty.”

The lecture series strives to give students, faculty and guests the chance to meet nationally recognized print media professionals and to engage them in discussions of current cultural, social and political issues.

Kandel, financial journalist and a founder of CNN, will be the featured lecturer. Beginning his career in journalism as a copy boy at the New York Times, Kandel went on to serve as the financial editor of three newspapers – the New York Herald Tribune, the Washington Star and the New York Post – before helping launch CNN in 1980.

Before his retirement in 2005, Kandel was the financial editor and an anchor for CNN Financial News. He obtained his bachelor’s from Brooklyn College and a master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has received many awards, including a Peabody Award from the University of Georgia.

The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner and the lecture at 6:45 p.m. RSVP by April 1 to Jessica Robinson at or (806) 742-3385 ext. 221.

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CONTACT: Morgan Grubbs, public relations intern, College of Mass Communications, at (806) 742-3385 or