Monday, November 12, 2007

DeFrank '67 speaks Tuesday at Bush library

Press release from A&M:

From: Texas A&M Newswire
Subject: Award-Winning Journalist, Thomas M. DeFrank, To Speak At George Bush Presidential Library Center

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Nov. 12, 2007 – Texas A&M graduate Thomas M. DeFrank, an award-winning veteran political journalist and author, will present the Kay and Britt Rice Lecture at Texas A&M’s George Bush Presidential Library Center Tuesday (Nov. 13) at 5 p.m. He is expected to discuss highlights of his newly published book, Write It When I’m Gone, which covers a series of private interviews with the late President Gerald Ford conducted over the course of 16 years.
DeFrank is a 1967 journalism graduate of Texas A&M and a former editor of The Battalion. He has been covering presidents, the White House and Washington politics since the administration of Lyndon Johnson. As Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News, he directs coverage of the nation’s capital for one of the country’s largest metropolitan daily newspapers. DeFrank was Newsweek’s senior White House correspondent for a quarter century and also served as deputy chief of the magazine’s Washington bureau for 12 years. He is second only to the legendary Helen Thomas in terms of longevity on the White House beat.
DeFrank is the coauthor of the 1996 bestseller Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms, The Politics of Diplomacy, and Quest for the Presidency 1992, and is a frequent guest on public affairs television programs, including Hardball with Chris Matthews, Larry King Live, Charlie Rose, CNN Inside Politics and C-SPAN.
The program will include an audience question-and-answer session and will be followed by a book signing. The Kay and Britt Rice Lecture Series is an endowed program designed to address emerging topics and current events of interest to members of our international, national, state and local communities, noted a spokesperson for the sponsoring George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. The purpose of the series is to bring to the Texas A&M campus prominent experts and central figures in current issues of public interest, the spokesperson added.
This is a ticketed event. Free tickets are available at KBTX-TV, WTAW, The Bryan/College Station Eagle, Texas A&M University MSC Box Office, The Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library. For information, call (979) 862-2251.