NPR’s Melissa Block will headline this year’s Murrow Symposium

Block looking at computer monitor while wearing headphones and microphone.
Melissa Block during live election night coverage. Photo by Stephen Voss, WBAA, courtesy of NPR.

By Corrie Wilder, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Melissa Block, special correspondent and host for National Public Radio, will give the keynote speech at the 44th Murrow Symposium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Compton Union Building Senior Ballroom at Washington State University’s Pullman campus.

Block was selected by Edward R. Murrow College of Communication to receive the 2019 Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism.

Melissa Block is a tremendous example of Murrow’s legacy in action,” said Bruce Pinkleton, dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. “I am especially struck by her ability to elicit information from others through thoughtful, skilled interviewing. The result is exceptional stories that connect with listeners.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony and address are open to the public and free, but those planning to attend must register due to limited seating. Registration opens Monday, Feb. 4, on the Murrow website.

The keynote speech, sponsored by the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, will be held in conjunction with other Murrow Symposium events that will take place April 3–4 at the Compton Union Building. As part of the symposium, communication experts will discuss their careers and mentor students preparing for careers in journalism, advertising and public relations, science communication, communication technology, media production and related fields.

For more information about the event, see the Murrow Symposium website.

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