Tuesday, October 14, 2008

CNN Executive Producer Peter Dykstra to Speak at Georgia Southern University

Peter Dykstra, environmental journalist and executive producer for CNN, will speak at Georgia Southern University on Oct. 21. Dykstra will discuss current trends in media concerning environmental journalism. He will present his lecture, Britney vs. The Biosphere: How Reporting on the Fate of the World Gets Obscured by the More Important Stories, at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Hall of the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building.

Dykstra oversees coverage of traditional sciences, technology, the environment, space and the weather for many of CNN’s broadcasts. His awards include a 1993 Emmy for his coverage of the Mississippi River floods, a shared 2004 DuPont-Columbia Award for CNN’s reporting on the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and a 2005 George Foster Peabody Award for CNN’s coverage of both Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. He has been the executive producer of investigative documentaries for CNN, including “Broken Government: Scorched Earth.”

Dykstra received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Boston University. He currently serves on the panel for the John Oaks Awards for Environmental Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Dykstra is also a former board member of the Society of Environmental Journalism.

This event is free and open to the public. Dykstra’s appearance is sponsored by the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University. For more information on Dykstra or this event, contact Pam Bourland-Davis at:pamelagb@georgiasouthern.edu .

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