Washington Post Political Correspondent to Present Michael Davis Lecture

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 6, 2014 – Wesley Lowery, who joins the Washington Post this month as a political correspondent, will present this year’s Michael Davis Lecture Feb. 19 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Lowery is scheduled to speak at noon in Rose Theatre in the Grauel Language Arts Building. This event is free and open to the public.

The Michael Davis Lecture recognizes the contributions of African-Americans in the media. The event also honors the late Michael Davis, a mass communications student at Southeast who died as a result of a hazing incident. He was a journalism student in the then Department of Mass Communication at Southeast Missouri State University at the time of this tragic death. In 1997, the department held the first Michael Davis Lecture to honor his memory as part of the University’s Black History Month activities. The Michael Davis Lecture continues each year, with a special invited guest from the mass media.

At the Washington Post, Lowery will contribute to “The Fix” and “Post Politics.” He previously reported for the Boston Globe, where he covered stories such as the Boston Marathon bombing, the Aaron Hernandez arrest and the 2013 Boston mayoral race.

In addition to his work with the Boston Globe, Lowery was employed by the Los Angeles Times where he covered the breaking news desk, national news, City Hall bureau and entertainment.

His contributions at the Los Angeles Times allowed him to assist in reporting the 2012 Election Night coverage, Sandy Hook shooting, President Obama’s second inauguration and the Grammy Awards.

He is a graduate of Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and did internships with the Globe, the Wall Street Journal, the Columbus Dispatch and the Detroit News.

For additional information, contact Dr. Ann White, assistant professor of mass media, at (573)651-2419.