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CNN's Lou Dobbs to Deliver Inaugural Thomas J. Cassidy Lecture at Bowdoin

Story posted March 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Lou Dobbs, executive vice president of the Cable News Network (CNN) and host of CNN's award-winning Moneyline With Lou Dobbs, will deliver the inaugural Thomas J. Cassidy Lecture at Bowdoin College on Monday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

The Thomas J. Cassidy Lecture Fund was established in 1991 for the purpose of bringing to Bowdoin a distinguished person who is or was a working journalist to deliver a formal presentation relating to journalism and the topics it covers. The Dobbs presentation is the first in what will now be an annual lecture at Bowdoin.

The Cassidy Lectureship honors the memory of Thomas J. Cassidy of the Bowdoin Class of 1972, a business reporter at CNN and host of Pinnacle, a weekend program featuring profiles of business leaders. Cassidy died in 1991 at the age of 41 from complications of the AIDS virus. He was diagnosed HIV-positive on October 19, 1987 -- the same day the stock market crashed. After concealing his condition for nearly two-and-a-half years, Cassidy went on the air in March 1990 and publicly discussed his struggle with AIDS. He would later be the subject of a number of magazine articles and television reports in which he spoke candidly of his deteriorating condition in an effort to put a human face on the disease.

Dobbs, who was Cassidy's managing editor, is executive vice president of CNN, a member of CNN's Executive Committee and co-director of program development for CNN. He is responsible for CNN Financial News, the division that produces business news programs and updates for CNN, CNNfn CNN International, Headline News, The CNN Airport Network, CNN Radio as well as the Web site Dobbs is also the executive in charge of the New York-based financial network CNNfn, the first network to launch on television and the Internet. Dobbs also anchors CNN's award-winning Moneyline With Lou Dobbs, television's first nightly business newscast, as well as Moneyweek and Managing with Lou Dobbs each weekend. For CNNfn Dobbs anchors Street Sweep.

Dobbs is responsible for developing CNN Financial News into an award-winning leader in television business journalism. The division produces 25 programs and more than 200 updates each week that account for approximately 15 percent of the programming for CNN and CNN International, all the programs for CNNfn and the content for the Web site

Dobbs joined CNN at its inception in 1980 as chief economics correspondent and anchor of Moneyline. In 1981, Dobbs produced and anchored CNN's first special report, a 90-minute program on the federal budget. In 1984 he was appointed vice president and managing editor of CNN Financial News. Dobbs received the George Foster Peabody Award for his coverage of the 1987 stock market crash. In 1990 he was given the Luminary Award by the Business Journalism Review for his "visionary work which changed the landscape of business journalism in the 1980's." His other honors include CableAce, Front Page, Janus and Emmy awards. Reporting live from southern Iraq in March of 1991, Dobbs broke the story of Saddam Hussein's release of Kuwaitis and journalists held hostage. Dobbs was named senior vice president of CNN in 1992. In May 1993, Dobbs was selected as "1993 Father of the Year" by the National Father's Day Committee. Dobbs was named executive vice president of CNN in May of 1995 and was responsible for the launch of CNNfn in December 1995.

Prior to joining CNN, Dobbs was a local news anchor and reporter. He began his broadcast journalism career as a police and fire reporter for KBLU-AM in Yuma, Ariz. Dobbs holds a degree in economics from Harvard University and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi, the Overseas Press Club, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, the American Economic Association and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). He is also the only broadcast journalist on the Loeb Award judges committee.

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