Distributed February 1, 2000
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mark Nickel

Conversation on College Hill

CBS News president to discuss broadcast journalism with Darrell West

Andrew Heyward, president of CBS News, will visit the Brown campus Thursday evening, February 17, 2000, for a “Conversation on College Hill” with Darrell West, professor of political science. West and Heyward will discuss issues in contemporary broadcast journalism and will respond to questions from the floor, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Starr Auditorium (Room 117, MacMillan Hall).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Andrew Heyward, president of CBS News, will join Darrell West, professor and chair of political science, for a conversation about the current practice of broadcast journalism and the rapidly developing information infrastructure on which it depends. Their presentation, which will inaugurate a new “Conversation on College Hill” series, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, in Starr Auditorium (Room 117 of MacMillan Hall, corner of Thayer and George streets).

The Conversation on College Hill is a flexible and spontaneous format which offers several advantages to traditional lectures. Because it is an unrehearsed discussion, distinguished University guests and their hosts can follow themes wherever they lead and can solicit and respond to questions from the audience.

A former executive producer of 48 Hours and the CBS Evening News, Hayward became president of CBS News in January 1996. During the ensuing four years, CBS News’ signature broadcasts – the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours and Face the Nation – enjoyed growing audiences, and new shows have been added, including 60 Minutes II and a two-hour broadcast, CBS News Saturday Morning.

Heyward is a 1972 honors graduate of Harvard University (B.A., history and literature). He began his broadcast career in 1976, joining the CBS-owned WCBS-TV in New York as a news writer. He became executive producer of that station’s Six O’Clock Report in 1978, then joined the network in 1981 as a field producer for the CBS Evening News.