UW-Madison: CBS political correspondent, UW alumnus to give Taylor lecture

CONTACT: Katy Culver, 608-263-3396, kbculver@wisc.edu

MADISON – Jeff Greenfield, CBS senior political correspondent and University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus, will deliver the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ annual Taylor lecture.

Greenfield will give his talk, “The News About the News Today (Oh Boy),” from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Room 2195 of Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave.

Each year, the Taylor Lecture, hosted by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, brings to campus a person to deliver a lecture of broad interest to the campus and School of Journalism and Mass Communication students.

The lecture honors Robert Taylor, a longtime journalism professor, former chief public relations officer for the university and a one-time university vice president, who died in 2002 at age 86. Taylor’s widow, Judith, provided funding for the regular event, which started in 2007.

“We are thrilled to have Jeff Greenfield deliver this year’s Taylor lecture,” says Dhavan Shah, professor of mass communication and political science. “He has distinguished himself as one of the preeminent broadcast journalists in the field, a standard bearer of Wisconsin’s great journalism tradition and a great supporter of his alma mater. It is fitting that Jeff deliver the 2011 lecture in honor of Robert Taylor.”

As senior political correspondent, Greenfield appears on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, the Early Show, CBS News Sunday Morning and CBSNews.com .

Before returning to CBS, Greenfield was senior analyst for CNN, covering party conventions, presidential primaries, debates and election nights, and Supreme Court confirmation hearings, among other stories.

He has won four Emmy Awards: two for reporting from South Africa, one for a story on Ross Perot and another for a profile of Robert F. Kennedy.

In addition to his work on television, Greenfield is the author or co-author of 12 books. His latest book, “Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics,” is due out this year.