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University of Iowa News Release

April 15, 2004

Satirist Mo Rocca to Speak at UI

Journalist, satirist and television producer Mo Rocca will discuss the relationship between the media and the public when he speaks at the University of Iowa at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Rocca is best known for his work on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and as a correspondent for NBC's "Today Show." His tongue-in-cheek news reports and hilarious commentary helped "The Daily Show" win a Peabody Award for its coverage of the 2000 presidential race, "Indecision 2000." Rocca is also regularly seen on VH1's "Best Week Ever" pop culture roundup and on the series "I Love the 70s, I Love the 80s and I Love the 90s." His book, "All the Presidents' Pets," is forthcoming.

He is currently the host and co-executive producer of "Smoking Gun TV," a Court TV series of specials that draws its material from the award-winning Web site, The site is known for unearthing and posting bizarre and entertaining documents.

"We are excited to have Mo Rocca coming to the University of Iowa," said Carissa Swanstrom, event coordinator of the UI Lecture Committee. "His insight on the mass media and its coverage of elections will be especially interesting to this audience that has been through the Iowa caucuses and is readying itself for the November elections."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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