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Former NBC News president to speak at UI banquet

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael Gartner, former president of NBC News, former senior editor of the Wall Street Journal, former chief editor of the Des Moines Register and current editor-in-chief of the Ames Daily Tribune, will be the featured speaker at the annual Fourth Estate Awards Banquet of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication April 18.

The banquet will be at the Iowa Memorial Union, Main Lounge. A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 8 p.m. Nearly $80,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded to UI journalism students at the banquet.

Gartner is currently a commentator for Iowa Public Radio and the Voice of America, as well as co-owner of the Daily Tribune in Ames, Iowa. He was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board for 10 years and has served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, a group which awarded him a Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing in 1993. In 1994, he was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and in 1996 he won the Walker Stone Award for Editorial Writing.

A third-generation Iowa newspaperman, Gartner's maternal grandfather, John Charles Gay, was an editor at the now-defunct Waterloo Morning Tribune, and his father, Carl, was a Des Moines Register editor for more than 40 years. Gartner is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. and New York University Law School. He has honorary degrees from Simpson College, Grandview College, and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Tickets for the banquet and Gartner's presentation are available to the public at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 205 Communications Center. The cost is $12 for students and $15 for non-students. For more information, call (319)335-5821.