Former White House correspondent to speak at Methodist University

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Richard Benedetto

FAYETTEVILLE — Former White House correspondent Richard Benedetto will visit Methodist University for a free lecture on Sept. 27.

As a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Benedetto will also participate in several student-only events during his visit. For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program has brought prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States.

Benedetto is a retired White House correspondent and columnist for “USA TODAY” and former political columnist for the Gannett News Service. He reported on government and politics on the local, state, and national levels for nearly 40 years. He continues his involvement in journalism as a consultant for C-SPAN, writing political commentary for various publications and teaching journalism in Washington, D.C.

Benedetto is a founding staff member of “USA TODAY,” joining the newspaper in 1982 prior to its debut. He covered the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He also covered every presidential campaign from 1984 to 2004 and every national political convention since 1976.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Mr. Benedetto’s credentials on our campus at such an opportune time,” said Methodist University President Ben Hancock. “His lectures and interactions with the greater university community will help us appreciate the key issues in the national election.”

Benedetto’s Presidential Lecture Series event will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Physician Assistant Medical Lecture Hall, with a reception following. Benedetto will speak on “Politics and the Media,” followed by a question and answer session moderated by Hancock. Guests are asked to RSVP to [email protected]

On Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m., Benedetto will be interviewed on MU Radio by Mass Communications Chair Kevin Swift and students in the program. MU Radio is broadcast online at

“We are pleased Mr. Benedetto will be visiting Methodist University and speaking to students in a number of business, mass communications, and political science courses about his experiences as a journalist, how political campaigns have changed, and the ethics of mass communication and journalism,” said Beth Carter, associate vice president for Academic Affairs.

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