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NPR correspondent, alum Brian Naylor speaking at UMaine

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ORONO Brian Naylor, a Washington Desk correspondent for National Public Radio and University of Maine alumnus, will visit UMaine and join two local veteran journalists for a public panel discussion on Friday, Oct. 18.

The panel will discuss issues facing American journalism from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 3 of the Wells Conference Center on campus. Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the UMaine Communication and Journalism Department, will moderate the program.

Panelists will include Jim Morris, news director of WABI-TV (Channel 5) in Bangor and UMaine alumnus, and Stephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American.

Naylor will be the 2013 Alan Miller Fund visiting journalist as part of the Alan Miller Fund for Excellence in Communication and Journalism program.

The program is designed to bring experienced journalists to campus to interact with UMaine students, faculty and officials. Past Alan Miller Fund visiting journalists included Abby Goodnough of the New York Times in 2009, Mark Feeney of the Boston Globe and Bettina Boxall of Los Angeles Times in 2010 and Abigail Goldman of Los Angeles Times in 2012.

The Alan Miller Fund has also supported the UMaine visits of journalists Bob Woodward in 2007 and Doris Kearns Goodwin in 2011.

Naylor, who earned a bachelor's degree in 1978 and an honorary degree in 2004 from UMaine, covers politics and federal agencies such as transportation and homeland security for NPR and has more than 30 years of experience at the news organization. While covering the U.S. Congress in the mid-1990s, Naylor's reporting contributed to NPR's 1996 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism award for political reporting, according to his NPR biography.


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