Bob Woodward to open 2006 Distinguished Speakers Series at UTPA
Contact: University Relations 381-2741
Posted: 02/06/2006
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Bob Woodward, best known for his investigative reporting of the Watergate scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, will serve as the next speaker of The University of Texas-Pan American's Distinguished Speakers Series Feb. 13.

- Bob Woodward
Woodward, one of three distinguished speakers this semester, will speak at the Fine Arts Auditorium, located on University Drive, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The free event is open to the public but seating is limited. UTPA students, faculty and staff will be admitted with a valid University ID at 7 p.m. while the general public will be allowed to enter at 7:20 p.m.

The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist will speak on reporting in politics and the ethics of government. Woodward, who first gained national attention when he teamed with fellow Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein to investigate the burglary at the Watergate office building, has garnered numerous awards and has authored or co-authored nine No. 1 national best-selling non-fiction books, including "All the President's Men," "The Final Days," and "Plan of Attack," which tells how and why President George W. Bush decided to wage war against Iraq. His most recent best-seller, "The Secret Man," was written in 10 days after Mark Felt, former assistant director of the FBI during the Nixon administration, admitted after 30 years of secrecy he was the famed Watergate source, "Deep Throat."

Woodward, who has been a journalist for 32 years, continues to write books and report stories for the Washington Post where he serves as an assistant managing editor. In addition to the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service he was awarded with Bernstein for their Watergate reporting, Woodward also won the 2002 National Reporting Pulitzer for his articles on the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, and the 2003 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency.

The series offers the UTPA community and the public the opportunity to hear and engage with speakers of the highest caliber representing a variety of worldviews and backgrounds.

"The Distinguished Speakers Series is one of the ways that UTPA provides a variety of ideas to the campus and surrounding communities. The series brings in people whose ideas and opinions are helping shape and influence contemporary thinking," Dr. Ted von Ende, UTPA faculty and Distinguished Speakers Committee member, said.

Other speakers scheduled for the spring 2006 semester include Dr. Sanjay Gupta, senior medical correspondent for the health and medical unit at CNN, March 20; and Dr. Sarah Weddington, who is well-known for her work on issues affecting women through her many roles, which include attorney, legislator, presidential adviser, and professor, will speak April 18.

For special accommodations or more information, contact Samuel A. Smith, assistant dean of students and Distinguished Speakers Committee chairman, at or call 956/316-7989.