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Award winning journalist and author to visit and lecture at Memorial University

Ref. No. 75

DATE:     Jan. 8, 2002
SUBJECT:     Award winning journalist and author to visit and lecture at Memorial University

Note to editors:

Media attending the lecture noted below can park in Area 15, located to the east of the Music Building.

On Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, John Fraser, Master of Massey College and honourary graduate of Memorial University, will deliver the George Story Lecture in the Humanities with a presentation titled Uses and Abuses of Journalism. The lecture will take place in the Arts and Administration Building, Rm. A-1043 and will start at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Attendance is free and all are invited to attend.

Born in Montreal in 1944, Mr. Fraser received a bachelor of arts (hons.) from Memorial University and a master of arts from East Anglia, England. He began his journalism career at the Toronto Telegram where he was the last music and dance critic. He went on to work as an arts writer for the Toronto Sun, and held numerous posts at the Globe and Mail between 1972 and 1987. Beginning in 1987 he was the editor of Saturday Night until he stepped down in 1994. He was elected the fourth Master of Massey College in 1995 and began his seven-year term in July of that year.

Mr. Fraser has lectured on Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto's Innis College and on drama criticism at York University. He has written numerous books, the most recent of which is Eminent Canadians: Candid Tales From Then and Now. A contributor to many anthologies, magazines and international journals, he has been honoured by the Queen (Jubilee Medal), professional organizations (three National Newspaper Awards and eight National Magazine Awards) and his alma mater at Memorial University (D.Litt.).

Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives.


For further information please contact Ivan Muzychka, manager, Memorial University News Service, 709-737-8665, 709-687-9433 (cell) or by e-mail at ivanm@mun.ca


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