John Larson, an award-winning broadcast journalist and the 10th James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism, will discuss the ways that storytelling and journalism can strengthen communities, revitalize politics and change individual lives in his public address, “Tell a Story, Change the World,” to be held at 6 p.m., April 14 in Lecture Center 108.
Larson is the visiting professor for the Spring 2011 semester, and he is currently teaching a seminar class in storytelling and multimedia journalism.
“We are excited to provide this opportunity for our students to work with and learn from a journalist of John Larson’s achievement and breadth of experience,” said Interim President Donald P. Christian, “He continues a wonderful tradition of visiting Ottaway professors who enrich our offerings and the experiences of our students and faculty and who share their knowledge with the broader community.”
Throughout his career, Larson has worked as a correspondent for PBS and NBC News. He won several duPont-Columbia awards for his achievements in his investigative, breaking and feature news reporting for “Dateline NBC.” Larson recently received two National Emmys for news pieces, “Houston Floods” and “Probable Cause.”
“I am looking forward to helping the journalists at New Paltz learn how to tell powerful stories in a variety of ways,” Larson said. “Stories that serve their communities well. Stories they can be proud of. It is an exciting time to be in journalism.”