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DATE: September 25, 2012 1:21:57 PM PDT
PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown to Headline WWU's Fall Family Open House Oct. 27

Contact: New Student Services/Family Outreach, (360) 650-3846, or on the web at www.nssfo.wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM –  Jeffrey Brown, co-anchor and senior correspondent for the popular news analysis show “PBS NewsHour,” will headline Western Washington University’s annual Fall Family Open House weekend, Oct. 26-28.

Brown’s lecture, “Election 2012: Where We Stand in the US - A Divided America Prepares to Vote,” will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the PAC Mainstage on Western’s campus. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for general admission, and are available at the Western Box Office at (360) 650-6146 or tickets.wwu.edu; tickets are also available at Village Books in Fairhaven or the Community Food Co-Op.

In a career spanning more than twenty years at the NewsHour, Brown has interviewed numerous leading American and international newsmakers, moderated studio discussions on a vast array of topics, and reported from across the United States and other regions of the globe. As arts correspondent, he has profiled many of the world's leading writers, musicians and other artists. As senior producer for national affairs for more than a decade, he helped shape the program's coverage of the economy, healthcare, social policy, culture, and other areas. In addition, he is the creator and host of "Art Beat", the NewsHour's popular online arts and culture blog. His work as correspondent and producer has garnered an Emmy, six Cine Golden Eagle Awards, and other honors.

Brown regularly speaks at conferences and forums including the U.S. - Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar and the Aspen Ideas Festival, and has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival and the National Poetry Out Loud Competition. He was recently named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and has been the recipient of travel fellowships from the East-West Center and the Kaiser Foundation.

Prior to joining The NewsHour, Brown produced numerous public television series for Media & Society Seminars, an independent production company headed by Fred W. Friendly. He attended the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Classics), the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (M.S.). Brown was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wesley College.

Fall Family Open House is a great way for parents to visit their Western students over a fun-filled weekend on the Western campus and surrounding area. The weekend kicks off on Friday, Oct. 26.

For a more complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, including many items not listed here, go to www.nssfo.wwu.edu or for more information, call (360) 650-3846.

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