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James C. Millstone Memorial Lecture: Rescuing Democracy: The Role of a Free Press

Tuesday, 09 April, 2019

Saint Louis University School of Law will host the James C. Millstone Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on April 9, 2019, in the John K. Pruellage Courtroom at Scott Hall. This year's lecture is titled "Rescuing Democracy: The Role of a Free Press," and will be presented by Kathy Kiely.

On April 10, the Millstone event will continue with a panel and discussion held at noon, also in the courtroom, titled "A Free Press and the Bar: Ethical Duties of Lawyers." View more information.

John K. Pruellage Courtroom//Reception to follow


Keynote Speaker:
Kathy Kiely
Professor, Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies
Missouri School of Journalism

Kiely is a veteran reporter and editor with a multimedia portfolio and a passion for transparency, free speech and teaching. After a long career covering politics in Washington, Kiely moved into the classroom fulltime because she says, universities are the laboratories that will discover the formula for making fact-based journalism viable again.

A 2017-18 journalism lecturer at the University of New Hampshire, Kiely has also taught at American University, George Washington University and Princeton University.

As the inaugural Press Freedom Fellow for the National Press Club's nonprofit Journalism Institute, Kiely has organized events around free speech issues and advocated for journalists who have been jailed or threatened for their work, most notably Emilio Gutierrez-Soto, a Press Club award winner currently being detained by U.S. immigration officials. Barbara Cochran, the School’s Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting, heads the Journalism Institute.

Kiely’s reporting and editing career includes stints as a web producer for WAMU-FM, and as an editor for Bill Moyers and for Bloomberg Politics. She is an interdisciplinary team builder: At the Sunlight Foundation, she worked with reporters, designers, developers and policy advocates to press for more access to government data and create web-based tools that made it more user-friendly. At the National Journal, she worked with counterparts at CBS News to train and supervise a multimedia team covering 2012 presidential campaign.

Kiely covered Congress and national politics for USA TODAY, headed Washington bureaus for The Houston Post and The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, was a White House correspondent for the New York Daily News and a general assignment reporter and Washington correspondent for The Pittsburgh Press.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree from American University and was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University. A member of the Gridiron Club and numerous other professional organizations, Kiely served on the congressional Standing Committee of Correspondents and has been a longtime trustee of The Daily Princetonian, the college paper where she started her journalism career.

About the Millstone Lecture:
The late James C. Millstone called Washington home for many years also. The struggle for racial equality and fair administration of civil liberties was at the heart of his reporting for the St. Louis Post Dispatch in those days. His sense of fairness and honesty, and his fearlessness and eloquence, led to his being regarded as the soul of the newsroom. 


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