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Citadel News Service
24 Oct 2008

Former White House correspondent to speak at The Citadel

Can the media shape how voters view presidential candidates? Do the media have the power to sway an election? Those questions and others like it will be the discussed at this month’s John C. West Lecture Series event at The Citadel.

Charles Bierbauer

Former CNN Washington correspondent Charles Bierbauer will discuss the media’s role and impact on the November elections when he visits campus at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. The lecture in Bond Hall Room 165 is free and open to the public.

Bierbauer’s visit is part of the John C. West Lecture Series, which under the direction of Don Fowler, the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government, is focusing on the November presidential election.

Bierbauer is now dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina. As a senior White House correspondent for CNN in Washington, he covered the Reagan and Bush administrations. While working as CNN’s Pentagon correspondent, he covered five presidential campaigns from 1984-2000, and spent five terms as the network’s Supreme Court correspondent.

In 2001, Bierbauer was reporter and producer for a Discovery Channel documentary on the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks. In 1997, he won an Emmy for anchoring CNN coverage of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. He also is a recipient of the ACE Award from the Association for Cable Excellence and the Overseas Press Club Award for reporting of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

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