Imprisonment of Associated Press Correspondent Topic of Lecture

Professor Edward Alwood to discuss espionage case against AP correspondent Oct. 30 at Quinnipiac University.


Edward Alwood, a professor of journalism in the School of Communications  at Quinnipiac University, will deliver a lecture on the imprisonment of Associated Press correspondent, William Oatis on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. in the Clarice L. Buckman Center, Room 129 on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus. 

This event, sponsored by the university’s Sigma Xi Chapter, is free and open to the public.

Alwood will discuss the imprisonment of William Oatis, an Associated Press correspondent who was convicted of espionage in Czechoslovakia in 1951. He also will discuss his study that examines the myth behind Oatis’ trial and imprisonment and journalistic practices that can place foreign correspondents at risk.

Alwood, who earned his doctorate from the University of North Carolina, led a career in broadcast journalism and media relations for 25 years. He served as a reporter, anchor and freelance newspaper writer from 1972 to 1987. He was a Washington correspondent at CNN and reported from the White House, Congress and various federal agencies.

He has earned six Emmy nominations, the Janus Award for Financial News Reporting, a Broadcasting Excellence Award from United Press International and an Outstanding Feature Award from the Associated Press.

He has also published the book, “Dark Days in the Newsroom: McCarthyism Aimed at the Press,” which won the Tankard Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and was named “Notable Book of the Year” by the New York Times.

He has also received Quinnipiac University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He also taught at the American University in Bulgaria as a Fulbright Scholar.

For more information, call 203-582-8652.


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