Mass Communications to Host Annual Morris Lecture

The event will be held at 6 p.m. on April 5 in the International Cultural Center.

Written by Morgan Grubbs

Kandal is the founder of CNN and was a financial journalist until his retirement in 2005.

The College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech 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 (806) 742-3385 ext. 221.

College of Media & Communication

College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech offers undergraduate degrees in various communications-related disciplines including:

The College also offers graduate degrees in communications to prepare students for careers in the communications industry, communications research and academia.

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