Press Release - Juan Williams to Headline World Journalism Institute’s Pre-UNITY 08 Conference for Minority Journalists

Apr 23, 2008

New York, N.Y.The World Journalism Institute has announced that Juan Williams, Senior Correspondent for National Public Radio, will headline a one-day conference in Chicago, July 22, preceding UNITY ’08, the largest gathering of journalists in the country.

Williams is a news analyst, appearing regularly on NPR’s Morning Edition and Day to Day. From 2000-2001, Williams hosted NPR's national call-in show Talk of the Nation. He is also a contributing political analyst for the Fox News.

Williams is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary and Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, the companion volume to the critically acclaimed television series. This Far by Faith: Stories from the African-American Religious Experience appeared in February 2003. In his 2006 book Enough Williams makes the case that it is past time for black Americans to open their eyes to the "culture of failure" that exists within their community. During his 21-year career at The Washington Post, Williams served in multiple capacities. He has won an Emmy award and has written for Newsweek, Fortune, Atlantic Monthly, Ebony, Gentlemen's Quarterly, and The New Republic.

In addition to Williams, the conference will feature seminars led by John Fountain, Roosevelt University, formerly with the Chicago Tribune and New York Times and author of True Vine; Mira Lowe, Assistant Managing Editor of Johnson Publishing Company and formerly with Newsday; a panel discussion with Manny Garcia (Miami Herald), Kenny Irby (Poynter Institute), Gary Fong (formerly, San Francisco Chronicle); and Jackie Bacon, author of Freedom’s Journal: The First African-American Newspaper.

The conference will be held at the Chicago Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The $50 fee includes the Williams luncheon and the latest WJI book, Minority Voices of Faith from the Newsroom. To register for the conference or luncheon: www.worldji.com.

 

For more information:

Kim Collins

Deputy Director

World Journalism Institute

350 Fifth Avenue, #1500

New York, NY  10118

800-769-7870

www.worldji.com

office@worldji.com

For more information:

World Journalism Institute
800-769-7870
office@worldji.com
www.worldji.com