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Journalist Juan Williams talks about historic election

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

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Media Contact: Teresa Newton

ARLINGTON - Juan Williams’ timing as a guest in UT Arlington’s Maverick Speakers Series couldn’t be better. Three weeks before the presidential election, this top-notch journalist shares his insight and answers questions about the presidential election, the White House and the political pundit world of America’s television sets.

His speech — “Breaking Down Barriers: The Historic Election of 2008” — starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center, 550 W. Nedderman Drive.

Williams spent 23 years at The Washington Post as an editorial writer and columnist and White House correspondent. He is a contributing political analyst for the Fox News Channel and a regular on “Fox News Sunday,” called by some as the show’s “resident liberal.” Since 1996, he has co-hosted the syndicated TV show “America’s Black Forum. He has appeared on ABC’s “Nightline,” PBS’ “Washington Week” in Review, CNN's “Crossfire” and “Oprah.” He serves as senior national correspondent for National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” is a regular on “Day to Day” and served as host of “Talk of the Nation” in 2000-01.

The Harvard graduate won an Emmy Award for documentary writing and critical acclaim for his series “Politics – The New Black Power” and “A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom.” His books include best-sellers “Eyes on The Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954 to 1965” and “Thurgood Marshall – American Revolutionary.” His 2006 book, “Enough,” looked at the “culture of failure” and racism. In 2004, Williams led AARP's Voices of Civil Rights project, which resulted in the book “My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience.” He also has written articles for Newsweek, Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, Ebony, Gentlemen’s Quarterly and The New Republic.

A question-and-answer session is planned, followed by a book signing.

Tickets are free and required for the event. Tickets are available at www.utatickets.com, utatickets@uta.edu and (817) 272-2963.

Upcoming programs in the Maverick Speakers Series are at www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers.

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