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2016 Joe Alex Morris Jr. lecturer Kathleen Carroll

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Joe Alex Morris Jr. Lecture

2016 Lecturer

Kathleen Carroll, executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press, presented the 35th Joe Alex Morris Jr. Memorial Lecture on Dec. 1, 2016. Carroll is the top news executive of the world’s largest independent news agency, a role she has held since 2002. She is responsible for news content in all formats from the journalists based in more than 260 bureaus and 110 countries. As an industry leader, she has worked on government challenges to press freedom and on vital security issues for journalists in war zones and other hostile environments.

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About the Award

The Joe Alex Morris Jr. Memorial Lecture is presented annually by an American overseas correspondent or commentator on foreign affairs who is invited to Harvard to discuss international reporting.

The lecture honors Joe Alex Morris Jr., a Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. A member of the Harvard class of 1949, Morris inherited an interest in international news from his father, who had served as foreign editor of United Press International and the New York Herald Tribune.

Joe Jr. worked as a local reporter at The Hartford Times and the Minneapolis Tribune before traveling abroad to work on assignment in Europe and then the Middle East for UPI, the New York Herald Tribune, Newsweek and later the Los Angeles Times. He reported from the Middle East for 25 years. In February 1979, he was killed in Tehran while covering a violent gun battle during the Iranian Revolution. He was 51 years old at the time.

Morris’ family, his Harvard classmates and his journalistic colleagues established the lectureship in his name in 1981. That same year, Morris posthumously received the Nieman Fellows’ Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity.

Lecturers

2016
Kathleen Carroll
Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, The Associated Press
2014
Tyler Hicks
Senior Photographer, The New York Times
2013
Evan Osnos
Staff writer, The New Yorker
2012
C. J. Chivers
Reporter, The New York Times
Ann Curry
Co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today” Program
2011
Dexter Filkins
Reporter, The New Yorker
2010
David Rohde
Reporter, The New York Times
2009
Gwen Thompkins
East Africa Correspondent, National Public Radio
2008
Tim Golden
Senior writer, The New York Times
2007
George Packer
Author of The Assassins Gate: America in Iraq and a staff writer at the New Yorker
2006
John Burns
Baghdad bureau chief of The New York Times
2005
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Johannesburg Bureau Chief, CNN
2004
Anthony Shadid
Islamic affairs correspondent, The Washington Post
2003
Chris Hedges
Reporter, The New York Times
2002
Anne Garrels
Roving Correspondent, National Public Radio
2001
Roger Cohen
Berlin Correspondent, The New York Times
2000
Jane Perlez
The New York Times
1999
Eason Jordan
CNN
Speech transcript
1998
Michael Skoler
National Public Radio
1997
Ann Cooper
National Public Radio
1996
Thomas Friedman
The New York Times
1995
Jim Wooten
ABC News
1994
Deborah Amos
ABC News, National Public Radio
1993
R.W. Apple Jr.
The New York Times
1992
Peter Arnett
CNN
1991
Leslie Gelb
The New York Times
1990
Jonathan Randal
The Washington Post
1989
Nicholas Daniloff
U.S. News & World Report
1988
Harrison Salisbury
The New York Times
1987
Stanley Karnow
King Features syndicated columnist
1986
Peter Jennings
ABC News
1985
Jack Foisie
Los Angeles Times
1984
Eric Sevareid
CBS News
1983
Norman Kempster
Los Angeles Times
1982
Flora Lewis
The New York Times