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Nov. 23, 2005

Dec. 5 WSUI Reading Features Iowa Board Of Regents President Michael Gartner

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Gartner, president of the Iowa Board of Regents, will read from his new book, "Outrage, Passion, and Uncommon Sense: How Editorial Writers Have Taken on the Great American Issues of the Past 150 Years," at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, hosted by Julie Englander. Listen on the Internet at

Gartner's new book was produced with the cooperation of the Newseum, an interactive museum of news funded by the Freedom Forum. "Editorials are the soul of the newspaper," Gartner says in the book's introduction. "Maybe the heart and the soul. And, on a good newspaper that knows and understands and loves its hometown, or its home country, the editorial is the heart and the soul of the town, or the nation, as well."

NBC's Tim Russert called the result, "A book with words that pack wit, clarity and a punch -- a rare combination!"

A preview in Publishers Weekly stated, "The book is beautifully illustrated with historical photographs and page reproductions, and the editorials alongside them are still relevant today. . . . An alternative way of looking at history, the book will be a useful volume not only to those interested in the history of journalism, but to history buffs with a more general interest in America."

Gartner has been a journalist for nearly 50 years. He has been page-one editor of the Wall Street Journal, editor and president of the Des Moines Register, editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal, general news executive of Gannett Co. and USA TODAY, and president of NBC News. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for editorial writing for the Ames (Iowa) Tribune, of which he was editor and co-owner. He also is a lawyer and the owner of the Iowa Cubs baseball team. Gartner has been chair of Vision Iowa, and Gov. Vilsack appointed him to the Board of Regents of the State of Iowa early in 2005.

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