Emmy Award-winning NBC News anchor and correspondent Ann Curry will present the Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture at Staller Center on Tuesday, March 10, at 8 pm. The talk is free and open to the public.
Curry will discuss various topics, including her experience as an international news correspondent, most recently while in Geneva covering the controversial nuclear arms talks with Iran. After 25 years with NBC News, Curry left to form her own production company in conjunction with NBC Universal. During her tenure at the network, Curry served as news anchor for the Today show, as the program’s co-host and as a widely traveled national and international correspondent.
The Colvin Lecture series is devoted to perpetuating the memory and values of Marie Colvin, the distinguished and courageous journalist and Long Island native who was tragically killed covering the war in Syria in 2012. Following her death, the Colvin family helped establish the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Previous speakers in the lecture series include Christiane Amanpour and Clarissa Ward.
Curry joined the Colvin Center’s Advisory Board last year. “We are honored to have Ann Curry as a speaker,” said Catherine Colvin, Marie’s sister and Advisory Board chair. “The strength of character she has shown in adversity, her commitment to bringing accurate and important news to the public, and her interest in nurturing young journalists reflect so many of the attributes that defined Marie. We are looking forward to hearing her perspectives during this incredibly dangerous and tumultuous time for journalists.”
“Check the news on any given day, and you’ll be struck by portentous events unfolding thousands of miles away, whether it’s another horrific attack by ISIS, the outbreak of a ravaging disease like Ebola, or an economic crisis spinning out of control in Europe,” said School of Journalism Dean Howard Schneider. “The headlines can be scary, the events confusing. So it’s never been more important to prepare a new generation of journalists who can report these stories thoroughly and accurately.”
The talk will be followed by a Q&A session; doors open at 7:45 pm.