APPLETON, WIS. — ABC News’ “Nightline” co-anchor Terry Moran shares his perspective on the 2008 race for the White House Thursday, May 22 as the featured speaker at Lawrence University’s annual Honors Convocation.
A 1982 graduate of Lawrence, Moran presents “The Republic of Noise: Civic Intelligence and the Campaign of 2008” at 11:10 a.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel, 510 E. College Ave., Appleton. Moran also will conduct a question-and-answer session at 2 p.m. in Riverview Lounge of the Lawrence Memorial Union. Both events are free and open to the public.
During a journalism career spanning more than 20 years, Moran has covered many of the nation’s most famous, and infamous, stories. Before succeeding Ted Koppel in November, 2005 and moving into “Nightline’s” anchor chair, which he shares with Martin Bashir and Cynthia McFadden, Moran spent six years as ABC News’ Chief White House correspondent and 15 months as anchor of “World News Tonight Sunday.”
A member of the ABC News team since 1997, Moran has covered the trial of the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, the civil disturbances that erupted in Miami over the seizure of six-year-old Elian Gonzalez by federal agents, Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000 and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In the fall of 2003, he traveled to Baghdad to report on the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq and the insurgency against it that followed.
Moran began his career writing for the New Republic magazine. He also worked as a reporter and later assistant managing editor of Legal Times. Prior to joining ABC News, he spent several years as a correspondent and anchor for Court TV, covering such high-profile cases as the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, the confirmation debates of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the trial of Los Angeles brothers Erik and Lyle Menendez for the shotgun murders of their parents.
In 1999, Moran was recognized with the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award by the Death Penalty Information Center for his reporting on former death-row inmates who were freed when evidence subsequently exonerated them.
Moran earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Lawrence and was honored in 2003 with the college’s Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award.