There have been many personalities on television, but few are equal to Larry King, who has been a mainstay in network broadcasting for 50 years.
After bidding farewell to CNN's "Larry King Live" in the fall of 2010, just after its 25th anniversary, the Emmy Award-winning host remains the man responsible for one of CNN's highest-rated programs.
On Tuesday, April 3, King will talk about his half century career as the third presenter of the 2011-2012 Distinguished Speakers Series at The University of Texas-Pan American. King - who has conducted more than 50,000 interviews, including exclusive sit-downs with every United States president since Gerald Ford - will begin his talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Dubbed "the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever" by TV Guide and "master of the mike" by Time magazine, King examined his own incredible life in the public eye in his memoir "My Remarkable Journey," offering insights into his job and sharing anecdotes about the events and the people whom he has met over his lengthy career.
King has been inducted into five of the nation's leading broadcasting halls of fame and is the recipient of the prestigious Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence In Journalism. Both his radio and television shows have won the George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. He also received the Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States for Outstanding Talk Show as well as two New York Festival Awards for his coverage of 9/11.
In addition to his broadcasting credits, he has made cameo appearances in more than 20 movies including, "Ghostbusters" and "Shrek 2" and on TV shows such as "Law and Order" and "Frasier." He also founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars and provided life-saving cardiac procedures for needy children and adults.
In its eighth year, the Distinguished Speakers Series offers students and the University community the opportunity to hear and engage speakers of the highest caliber who inform and inspire. The series is underwritten by student fees, as recommended by the Student Affairs Advisory Committee. A Distinguished Speakers Committee composed of faculty, staff and students select speakers who represent a variety of world views and backgrounds.
Past speakers have included former leader of Russia Mikhail Gorbachev, former TV news anchor Dan Rather and TV journalist Lisa Ling.
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for UTPA students, faculty and staff with a valid UTPA ID and at 7:20 p.m. for the general public.
Those unable to attend can view the presentation live at www.utpa.edu/live.
For more information or special accommodations, call (956) 665-7989.