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Award-winning journalist John Hockenberry is UI lecturer March 18

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Award-winning journalist John Hockenberry will lecture at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, March 18, in the Iowa Memorial Union.

The lecture, sponsored by the University Lecture Committee and co-sponsored by UI Student Disability Services, will be in the Main Lounge at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations in order to participate should contact the Lecture Committee at (319) 335-3255.

A political analyst and correspondent for ABC-TV, Hockenberry also is the author of "Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence," an entertaining, provocative and often outrageous memoir of his life as a foreign correspondent and of overcoming obstacles. Since he was involved in a car accident in Pennsylvania at age 19, Hockenberry has been a paraplegic.

Known to pursue hard hitting news stories that entail death-defying exploits, Hockenberry is highly regarded for his tenacity and keen insight.

Among his awards, Hockenberry received an Emmy for his work as a correspondent with ABC's news magazine show "Day One." He contributed a wide range of stories, including an investigation of NASA's plans to build a space station with the Russians; an interview with controversial Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky; and a report on the scientific controversy over whether HIV is the sole cause of AIDS.

Before joining ABC-TV, he spent 12 years as a general assignment reporter, Middle East correspondent and host of a number of National Public Radio programs, most recently "Talk of the Nation." During the Persian Gulf Crisis in 1990-1991, as an NPR reporter, he was assigned to the Middle East, where he was one of the first western broadcast journalists to file from the Kurdish refugee camps. Prior to that, he spent two years (1988-1990) based in Jerusalem during the most intense conflict of the Palestinian uprising.

A two-time Peabody Award winner, this journalist who studied music composition and harpsichord performance as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon, also includes among his accomplishments hosting the radio program "Weekend Edition Saturday," and writing for the New York Times, Modern Maturity magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review and the Washington Post.

Hockenberry also was among 40 finalists in the "Journalists in Space" program.