KWF and Michigan Radio: The 30th Graham Hovey Lecture

"Planes and Pestilence: Emerging Epidemics in a Globalized World"
September 10, 2015


Jason Beaubien, Global Health and Development Correspondent for NPR and alum of the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, delivered the 30th Graham Hovey lecture examining the rapid spread of disease in today’s globalized world.

Beaubien reports on a range of health issues across the globe. He’s covered circumcision drives in Kenya, abortion in El Salvador, drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar and tuberculosis in Tajikistan. He was
part of a team of reporters at NPR that won a Peabody Award in 2015
for their extensive coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Prior to becoming NPR’s Global Health and Development Correspondent in 2012, Beaubien spent four years based in Mexico City covering Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He served as a foreign correspondent in Sub-Saharan Africa from 2002-2006 visiting 27 countries on the continent. Beaubien was one of the first journalists to report on the mass exodus of people out of Sudan’s Darfur region into Chad.
He earned a B.A. in English from San Francisco State University. As a Knight-Wallace Fellow at Michigan (2006-2007), he studied the intersection of the First and Third World.

The annual lecture honors Knight-Wallace alumni whose subsequent careers exemplify the benefits of sabbatical studies at U-M. It is named for the late Graham Hovey, director of the fellowship program from 1980-1986 and a distinguished journalist for The New York Times.

The Hovey Lecture is open to the public. A reception hosted by Mark S. Schlissel, President of the University of Michigan, followed the lecture.

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KWF Event: The 29th Graham Hovey Lecture

"College Sports, Critically Covering Something You Love"

John U. Bacon, journalist, author and alum of the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, delivered the 29th Graham Hovey lecture on  September 5 in the Wallace House Gardens to a standing-room only crowd.

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Bacon earned an honors degree in history (1986) and a Master of Education (1994) from the University of Michigan. He has written four acclaimed books on college athletics with a focus on Michigan, but his love for his alma mater did not preclude his objective reporting on two dicey transitions in Michigan’s athletic department. He shared the story and what he learned about covering something he loves.

Bacon appears regularly on TV, including HBO, ESPN, Fox Business, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and the Big Ten Network, and delivers weekly essays for Michigan Radio and occasionally NPR.  He writes for The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo and others. He also teaches at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, where the students awarded him the Golden Apple in 2009.
Bacon is the author of six books on sports and business, including the national best sellers, “Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership,” “Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football,” and “Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football” 

As a Knight-Wallace Fellow at Michigan (2005-2006), Bacon studied the institution of collegiate athletics and was named the first recipient of the Benny Friedman Fellowship for Sports Journalism. 
The annual lecture honors Knight-Wallace alumni whose subsequent careers exemplify the benefits of sabbatical studies at U-M. It is named for the late Graham Hovey, director of the fellowship program from 1980-1986 and a distinguished journalist for The New York Times.

A reception hosted by University of Michigan Regent Katherine E. White followed the lecture.

Watch to the lecture


KWF on Campus

ObamaCare: Hearsay or Fact
A Symposium on the Communnication of the Affordable Care Act

Monday, November 4, 2013
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Michigan League Ballroom
911 South University

Reed Abelson, healthcare business reporter, The New York Times
Steven Brill, author "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us," Time Magazine
Jonathan Cohn, senior editor, The New Republic
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., member editorial board and columnist, The Wall Street Journal
Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter, The Washington Post
Julie Rovner, health policy correspondent, NPR

Policy Experts
Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies, Cato Institue
Dr. John Ayanian, director of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
Heather Howard, director, State Health Reform Assistance Network

Sponsored by Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), and U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI)
View the policy panel replay here

View the journalism panel replay here


KWF Event: The 28th Graham Hovey Lecture

 “What is College For, Anyway?”

Charles_lizLiz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education and alum of the Knight-Wallace Fellows, delivered the 28th Annual Graham Hovey Lecture on September 19 in the Wallace House Gardens. Her lecture, “What is College For, Anyway?” examined the changes in higher education over the past two decades and the worth of a college degree today. more and see the slideshow >>


KWF on Campus

The State of Women in Sports Media
SHARP Insights with Joanne Gerstner
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
2239 Lane Hall
204 S. State Street


It's been more than 40 years since the first women entered mainstream sports media as reporters and editors. Since then, women have gone on to hold some of the most influential positions in the field. However, the numbers of women in sports media continue to hover under 10 percent in traditional newsrooms. What does the present, and future, look like for women?

Joanne Gerstner '13 is an award-winning multimedia sports journalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times,, Detroit News, and other outlets. She is the past president and chair of the board for the Association for Women in Sports Media.

KWF on Campus

Author's Forum: In the Light of Darkness: A Photographer's Journey After 9/11


Kate Brooks '13 spoke this month with Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the Univeristy of Michgan, at the Aurthor's Forum. Presenting images from her book, Brooks brought the audience along with her on a ten-year odyssey covering world changing events, from the hunt for Osama bin Laden in the moutains of Tora Bora and the the American invasion of Iraq, to Lebanon's disenfranchised Palestinian population and the country's power struggles with Syria and Israel, the protests in Egypt's Tahrir Square and the beginning of the war in Libya.


KWF Event: The 27th Graham Hovey Lecture

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Knight-Wallace Fellows, alumni and over 100 guests from the University gathered at Wallace House for the 27th Graham Hovey Lecture presented by Matthias Schepp, Moscow bureau chief for Der Spiegel and KWF alumnus. more and see the slideshow >>




KWF on Campus

The Battle over Climate Change

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Tom Clynes, Knight-Wallace alumnus spoke last month on The Battle over Climate Change at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Anthrax scares, nuisance lawsuits and political attacks and are all in a day's work for some climate scientists. In this lecture, Clynes brought the audience behind the scenes of his deeply reported feature story for Popular Science, and shared some of the more entertaining (and at times absurd) moments with prominent players in the climate-science-denial community - including Senator James Inhofe, author of "The Greatest Hoax".

Tom Clynes is a contributing editor for Popular Science and 2010 Knight-Wallace Fellow. During his fellowship he studied the prediction and prevention of global pandemics. He also writes and photographs for National Geographic, Men's Journal, GQ, and other publications.

Commentary provided by Andrew Hoffman, Holcim (US), Inc. Professor in Sustainable Enterprise, Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, SNRE and Professor of Management and Organizations, Stephen M Ross School of Business. This event was open to the public.


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