Biannual Foster-Foreman Conference To Feature Journalist Carol Leonnig

The College of Communications is holding its biannual Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers tonight, October 28. The conference, which takes place once every fall and spring semester, has previously featured an award-winning sports reporter, an editor for the New York Times, and a former combat correspondent for CBS, in addition to many other notable speakers. This fall, the Foster-Foreman Conference will highlight award-winning journalist Carol Leonnig.

Leonnig has been a reporter for the Washington Post since 2001, where she broke several stories about dysfunction in the Secret Service, which led to the replacement of the service’s director and other agency officials. Her investigative skills have brought about government reform and earned her awards for journalism. Leonnig won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

The conference was originally supposed to also include a lecture from New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal on Wednesday night, with Leonnig scheduled to present on Thursday night. However, last night the College of Communications announced on Twitter that Leonnig will be the only speaker and will give her presentation tonight instead of tomorrow.

According to Steve Sampsell of the College of Communications, Rosenthal was forced to cancel her trip to Penn State due to an illness. This is the first time in the 17-year history of the event that the college had to make a change. Leonnig’s presentation was moved to tonight because the time slot is typically better attended.

Leonnig will present her lecture and answer questions during her session, which will begin at 7 p.m. The talk is free and completely open to the public, and will take place in Schwab Auditorium, as opposed to Freeman Auditorium, as originally reported.

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