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NPR's Linda Wertheimer to Speak at Bowdoin College

Story posted February 15, 1998


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Linda Wertheimer, host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," will deliver the second Tom Cassidy Lecture at Bowdoin College on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

The lecture is open to the public free of charge. Seating is limited. The Tom 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.

Wertheimer has been with NPR since its inception in 1971, covering politics and the U.S. Congress. In 1989 she became host of "All Things Considered." In 1988 she received a Corporation for Public Broadcasting award for her work on "The Iran-Contra Affair: A Special Report," a series of 41 half-hour programs summarizing each day's Congressional hearings. Wertheimer anchored live coverage of those hearings and special call-in sessions during the Persian Gulf War.

Wertheimer won a special Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Citation for her coverage of the 1978 Panama Canal Treaty debates, which ran for 37 days and often called for as many as 10 consecutive hours of live reporting. She has covered the past four presidential campaigns and anchored live coverage of nominating conventions and presidential debates. A 1965 graduate of Wellesley College, Wertheimer worked for the British Broadcasting Corp. in London and WCBS radio in New York City before joining NPR. In 1985, she won the Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley. She holds honorary degrees from Colby and Wheaton colleges.

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 31 from complications of the AIDS virus. He was diagnosed HIV-positive in October 1987. After concealing his condition for nearly 2 1/2 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.

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