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Release: April 13, 2000

Wall Street Journal reporters to visit UI journalism school

(Editors: Both Kilman and King will be available for interviews while they are in town. To schedule an interview, contact Jill Fishbaugh in the School of Journalism at 335-3390.)

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tom King, a Los Angeles based reporter for The Wall Street Journal and author of a new book on Hollywood, will visit the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication April 23-25 as a Professional in Residence.

In addition to leading class discussions and meeting with students, professors, and members of The Daily Iowan staff, King will sign copies of his first book, "The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood," which was published in March by Random House. It is currently No. 11 on the New York Times Bestseller list. King will be at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., on Monday April 24 at 7 p.m. for the book signing.

King is a 1986 graduate of the UI journalism school. Following his graduation, he moved to New York and joined The Wall Street Journal as a news assistant. He was promoted to staff reporter in 1988, covering the business of Madison Avenue in New York City. In 1991, he transferred to the paper's Los Angeles bureau to cover the entertainment business. He was named a senior special writer in 1999 and now is a columnist for the paper. His "Hollywood Journal" feature appears in the paper every Friday.

King will be the second alumnus and Wall Street Journal reporter to visit the journalism school as a Professional in Residence this month. From April 16-18, the school will host Scott Kilman, who writes about agriculture from the paper's Chicago bureau. He will meet with journalism students and members of The Daily Iowan staff, present guest lectures in classes, and participate in discussions and seminars with journalism professors and graduate students.

Kilman, a 1982 graduate of the UI journalism school and a former reporter and metro editor for The Daily Iowan, first joined The Wall Street Journal in 1984 in the Atlanta bureau and transferred to the Chicago bureau in 1986. He has won numerous awards for his reporting, including a 1996 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the large newspaper category for stories examining allegations of price-fixing and other illegalities at Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., the world’s leading grain processor. Kilman, along with his two colleagues who collaborated on the report, also won a 1996 first-place award in the special projects category from the National Association of Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ) for their Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. coverage.

In 1993 Kilman won a Peter Lisagor Award in the bureau/wire service category from the Chicago Headline Club for "Soaking 'Em," a page-one article about grain merchants' practice of watering down grain sent abroad. He won a 1994 Peter Lisagor Award in the business journalism category for five articles that captured the dramatic changes under way in America’s agricultural landscape.