Oklahoma Baptist University

Journalist Robert Levey to Speak on Bison Hill

OBU will host Robert Levey, a former columnist with The Washington Post, as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Dec. 6-9. The program’s membership consists of prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals.

Levey will present a public lecture titled “The Future of Media: Cloudy and Cold” on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in OBU’s Bailey Business Center. The public is invited to attend the free event.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program brings professionals to campuses across the United States for week-long residencies of teaching and dialogue with students and faculty members. During his week on Bison Hill, Levey will visit a variety of classes and meetings to lecture and interact with OBU’s students and faculty.

From 1981 to 2004, “Bob Levey’s Washington,” a column about Washington life, appeared five days a week in The Washington Post. During his 36-year career at the Post, Levey has covered presidential politics, Congress, local news, features and sports. His column won major awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Journalism Review. He was named one of the top columnists in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine six times, and in 1999 the magazine named him “Washingtonian of the Year.”

Levey has also had an extensive career in electronic media and has worked for seven radio stations, four TV stations and one Internet site. Levey Live, an hour-long chat that appeared twice each week on the Post’s website, won consistently high ratings. He has been called “The Larry King of the Internet,” although he does not wear suspenders.

He has received the top rating as a speaker by the International Platform Association, the country’s leading speakers’ bureau, and he has served as an adjunct professor or lecturer in journalism at the University of Maryland and Duke University.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Ben Myers, associate professor of English and OBU’s coordinator for the Woodrow Wilson program, at (405) 878-4140 or e-mail ben.myers@okbu.edu.

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