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News editor David Corn to speak for next Lecture~Concert event on Oct. 27 

Oct. 4, 2005 -- Longtime Washington editor David Corn will present What’s the State of the American News Media?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, on the camCornDavid.JPG (20914 bytes)pus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in the Student Union Auditorium.  

Corn has broken stories on President George W. Bush, former president George H.W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Colin Powell, Rush Limbaugh, Enron, the CIA, the Pentagon and other Washington players and institutions.

He serves as editor of The Nation, the oldest political weekly in America and is a Fox News Channel contributor. Corn writes on a host of subjects, including politics, the White House, Congress and national security.

Corn currently writes a web column for The Nation titled “Capital Games.”

A graduate of Brown University, he has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The New Republic, Village Voice, Mother Jones and the Washington Monthly.

His first novel, “Deep Background” a political thriller, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1999. The Washington Post said it was “brimming with gusto … As clean and steely as an icy Pinot Grigio … An exceptional thriller.” The Los Angeles Times called it “a slaughterhouse scorcher of a book you don’t want to put down” and named it one of the best novels of the year.

His book on Ted Shackley, “Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA’s Crusades,” was published in 1995. 

Corn was a contributor to “Unusual Suspects,” an anthology of mystery and crime fiction (Vintage/Black Lizard, 1996). His short story “My Murder” was nominated for a 1997 Edgar Allen Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America. The story was republished in The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories (Carroll & Graf, 1997).

Corn’s presentation is sponsored by the ASU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Academic Affairs.

The Lecture~Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural life of the campus, community, and region.

The next Lecture~Concert event will be Sir Harold Evans, author of the book titled “They Made America: Innovators from Steam Engines to Search Engines” Wednesday, Nov. 30.

For more details, please contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for The Honors College, at 870-972-2308 or via email at or visit

To nominate a speaker or presenter for a future Lecture~Concert Series event, please contact one of the committee members listed on The Honors College web site, listed under the heading of Lecture~Concert.  

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