TV journalist to speak ‘From the Front Lines’
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2013) — Anderson Cooper will be the inaugural University of Kentucky SpeakBlue Distinguished Speaker, the UK Student Activities Board announced Wednesday.
Named the “anchorperson of the future,” Anderson Cooper has become one of the most respected journalists in the industry. He is known for his personal and emotional coverage, especially during his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq War and the 2011 Haiti Earthquake. Cooper hosts CNN’s Emmy Award-winning “Anderson Cooper 360°” and reports for CBS’s “60 Minutes.” He has also been awarded a Peabody Award for his reporting of Hurricane Katrina and two Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards for his work promoting equality for the LGBTQ community.
“Anderson Cooper is the perfect inaugural SpeakBlue Distinguished Speaker because of the experience he brings while remaining relatable,” said Teran Sundy, SAB director of multicultural affairs. “We’re proud to give students an opportunity to hear from a speaker as respected as Cooper.”
Tickets are necessary for entry into the event and seating assignments. Student, faculty and staff tickets are free with a valid UK ID and will be available beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and general public tickets are $15 and will be available beginning Saturday, Sept. 7. Student, faculty and staff tickets can be picked up in the Student Involvement Ticket Center, located at 253 Student Center. General public tickets can be purchased through the Student Involvement Ticket Center or online at ticketmaster.com.
SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to UK each year. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Lexington community.