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Journalism Alumni Speakers Series resumes with
John Wallace, Feb. 16-17
Feb. 10, 2009 --
John Wallace, the former public affairs director for
national operations for Verizon, is the first speaker in the spring
resumption of the Journalism Alumni Speakers Series at Arkansas State
University. Wallace, a 1974 graduate of ASU, will
address students and faculty Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 16-17.
He has a full slate of events during his visit, including speaking to
the Principles of Advertising and Principles of Public Relations classes
on Monday. After meeting with ASU Chancellor Robert L. Potts, Wallace is
also scheduled to attend Public Relations Case Studies and Campaigns and
meet with the Herald staff later in the day.
Tuesday’s agenda includes a visit with executive director of public
relations Markham Howe before attending Crisis Communications and Public
Relations Tools and Techniques and Public Affairs Reporting classes.
Wallace has spent 27 years in the journalism field, including holding
the position of strategic employee communications director for Verizon.
Before Verizon, Wallace worked for several different newspapers,
including working as sports editor for the Blytheville Courier News,
news editor of the Paragould Daily Press and editor of the Jacksonville
He was hired at
General Telephone in 1978 and served as media relations director, public
affairs director, and as coordinator of employee communications and
media relations of General Telephone’s eight regional public affairs
directors. When Verizon bought General Telephone in 2001, Wallace became
the public affairs director for national operations.
While at ASU, Wallace was the editor of The Herald when the school’s
newspaper earned All-America status. He was also the first president of
the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was
awarded a Student of Distinction Award. The Department of Journalism
named him an outstanding graduate.
Wallace retired in 2005 and now works as the legacy planning director
for his church in Colleyville, Texas, and does some freelance writing.
information, contact Dr. Joel
Gambill, chair of the Department of Journalism and associate
professor of journalism, at (870) 972-3075, or e-mail him at
--release by Caitlin Berry, student intern in the Office of
Public Relations/University Communications.