Monday, May 16, 2016

May 2016 Distinguished Speaker Mary Walsh, Reporter's story, 5-17


We look forward to welcoming Mary Walsh, longtime CBS news producer with experience throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere, as our May 2016 Distinguished Speaker.

Mary Walsh is the national security producer for CBS News; her work includes producing stories for the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes. She has been assigned to the Pentagon since 1993 and has covered the American military all over the United States and in many parts of the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Turkey, Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Germany, the Philippines and Korea.

Walsh began her career at CBS news in 1979. She was based in Atlanta in 1985-87 and New York in 1987-89. Highlights from those ye
ars include covering the explosion of space shuttle Challenger, the bombing of Pan Am 103 and too many hurricanes to count. From 1989 to 1993, as CBS News producer in Tokyo, she was responsible for news coverage in all parts of Asia – with focus on China, Korea, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan.

A longtime producer for CBS News correspondent David Martin, Walsh has won two Alfred I. DuPont awards from Columbia University, five Emmy awards (three with Martin), an Overseas Press Club Award, the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism, a Wilber Award from the Religious Communicators Council, the University of Texas School of Communication 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award and the 2013 Rosalie Wynn Hearst Distinguished Public Service Award.

A graduate of the University of Texas where she was editor of the Daily Texan, Walsh began her career as a journalist at the Rome Daily American in Italy in 1977. She has also contributed to two books: The Human Journalist: Reporters, Perspectives, and Emotions, and Bioterrorism: Psychological and Public Health Interventions.  5:30-7:30 p.m. 4100 N. New Braunfels Ave.

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