Northwestern to Honor Award-Winning Journalist Georgie Anne Geyer in New Exhibit

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“Who is the Journalist? The Past, Present and Future of Work,” a new exhibit opening this week and running through September 2 at Northwestern University Library, offers an in-depth look at more than four decades of news reporting and prominently features the work of award-winning journalist Georgie Anne Geyer,

As world events unfold and technological breakthroughs dramatically alter how information is delivered and received, the rules for who should, and does, report the news have never been more debatable. “Who is the Journalist? The Past, Present and Future of Work,” a new exhibit opening this week and running through September 2 at Northwestern University Library, offers an in-depth look at more than four decades of news reporting and prominently features the work of award-winning journalist Georgie Anne Geyer,

Geyer broke barriers as a foreign correspondent during the 1960s, defying gender bias to score countless exclusive interviews with controversial and elusive figures in Latin America and the Middle East, including Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, and Fidel Castro. The stories she sent back to the Chicago Daily News about Castro in the mid-60s were such a source of pride that the paper ran ads crowing, “Our Man in Havana is a Girl.”

Geyer’s syndicated columns have been distributed worldwide since 1980 by Universal Uclick, the syndication company owned by Andrews McMeel Universal.

“Georgie has put together a staggering body of work in her illustrious career, establishing herself as a steady and trusted voice during tumultuous times,” said Andrews McMeel Universal CEO John McMeel. “It comes as no surprise to us that her immeasurable contributions to modern journalism are being honored in this exhibit. She has always embodied everything we value in the talent we represent – honesty, courage, intelligence and a passion for telling important stories that affect us all.”

Her ability to predict world events based on her research is remarkable. Her upcoming book, “Predicting the Unthinkable, Anticipating the Impossible,” presents a selection of her work from throughout her career.

“Who is the Journalist? The Past, Present and Future of Work” offers a fascinating array of documents and artifacts for public consumption, with over four decades of journalism represented. Other featured journalists include Pulitzer Prize winner Hank Klibanoff, People founding editor Richard Stolley, former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent Richard Longworth (now senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs), sports journalists Christine Brennan (USA Today, NPR, ABC, and CNN) and Michael Wilbon (formerly with the Washington Post, now with ESPN). The exhibit also features material on loan from David Protess and the Medill Innocence Project, and the family of Chester Gould, a Northwestern alumnus who created the comic strip detective Dick Tracy.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. through June 9. Detailed information is also available online at http://www.library.northwestern.edu/news-events/exhibits.

About Universal Uclick
Universal Uclick, a division of Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU), is the largest independent syndicate in the world and a leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, political cartoons, and other content for print, web and mobile devices. Universal Uclick provides editorial development, licensing and other distribution services for iconic brands like Doonesbury, Dear Abby and some of the most significant comics in history including Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Garfield, Peanuts, Dilbert, For Better or For Worse, Cathy, and Ziggy as well as recent hits Lio, Cul de Sac and The Argyle Sweater. It distributes the most popular puzzles and daily word games available, as well as the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonists and commentators, including Pat Oliphant and Roger Ebert. AMU’s Andrews McMeel Publishing subsidiary is the leading publisher of humor books and calendars in North America. For more information, visit http://www.UniversalUclick.com.

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