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Former Washington Post columnist to talk at Speaker Series about democratic value of strong journalism

Oct 28, 2019

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Bob Levey, visiting Distinguished Dabney Professor of Journalism in the Robertson School and former Washington Post reporter and columnist, will serve as the May commencement speaker for the School.
Bob Levey

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture is excited to announce Bob Levey, former columnist of the Washington Post, as the speaker for its next Speaker Series event. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. in the University Student Commons Theater. His talk is titled "From Nixon to Trump: Why our democracy needs strong journalism."

Levey is a prize-winning journalist who has covered the Washington scene since the Johnson Administration. For 23 years, 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 Washington Journalism Review. Currently he writes a monthly column for Senior Beacon Newspapers. Seven times, Bob Levey was named one of the most popular columnists in Washington by Washingtonian magazine for his Post column. Earlier in his 36-year career at The Post, Bob Levey covered presidential politics, Congress, local news, and sports.

In 1999 Levey was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine in recognition of his community service through his column and as a hands-on volunteer. Levey has also had an extensive career in the electronic media. Over the course of more than 20 years, he worked for nine radio stations, four TV stations and one popular Internet site as a commentator and talk show host. His online chats for, called “Levey Live,” won consistently high ratings. He has spoken to college, business and social groups all over the country. He has taught journalism at six major research universities and served as the Robertson School's Distinguished Dabney Professor in 2016-17.

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 F. Levey, a historian. Levey is the author of two other books, one a collection of columns, the other a look at local Washington. His latest book, "Larry Felder, Candidate," will be for sale before and after the talk at VCU.

The Speaker Series event, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Robertson School professor Jeff South. Seating will be available on a first-come basis. The doors to the University Student Commons Theater, which is located at 907 Floyd Ave., will open at 5:30 p.m. In addition to street parking, nearby paid parking is available in VCU's Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks.

The following event of the Robertson School Speaker Series will be on Jan. 21, 2020 with CNN reporter and Robertson School alumna Chandelis Duster.