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Feb. 15, 2005

Get An Insider's View Of Washington, D.C. At UI Libraries Friends Event

Former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey will go inside the Beltway as he shares his take on the political climate in the nation's capital at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3 in Richey Ballroom in the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union.

Admission is free, although reservations are requested by Friday, Feb. 25. To make reservations, call the Friends of the Libraries at 319-335-6093 or e-mail to

For 23 years, Levey was Washington's hometown columnist. He is well known for his biannual fundraising campaigns for children and for his ear-to-the-ground style. He wrote a daily column, "Bob Levey's Washington," for The Washington Post. The column looked at all aspects of life in the nation's capital. It won major awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Journalism Review. Earlier in his 36-year career at The Post, Levey covered presidential politics, Congress, local news, features and sports.

Levey has also had an extensive career in radio and television. He has worked for seven radio stations and four TV stations as a commentator and talk show host. Levey was voted the 1994 Talk Show Host of the Year in the Washington market. In 1996, he was also named one of the most important talk show hosts in America by Talkers Magazine. His "chat show" on, "Levey Live," won consistently high ratings. In 2000, Washington Post Books published Washington Album: A Pictorial History of the Nation's Capital, a 200-page illustrated history of the local city. Levey co-authored the book with his wife, Jane Freundel Levey, a historian.

Levey was born and raised in New York City and graduated from the University of Chicago.

Kay Halloran, chair of the Libraries' development advisory board, will recognize board members and thank donors.

The public lecture, sponsored by the Friends of the UI Libraries, will be followed by a dessert reception.

The Friends of the UI Libraries is an association of individuals committed to the enrichment and growth of the University Libraries. Established in 1964, it is one of the oldest such organizations affiliated with a university library. The Friends are individuals who, through their annual contributions and valuable membership activities, demonstrate their conviction that a strong and active library is essential, reflecting the strength of the University as a whole.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,