Park Lecture 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

111 Carroll Hall

About the event

Chris Wallace, anchor of Fox News Sunday, will give this year’s Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 6, at the UNC School of Media and Journalism. The lecture — America Under President Trump: A View From Washington — will be held in the Carroll Hall auditorium beginning at 5 p.m.

The Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture Series began in October 1999. Sponsored by the Triad Foundation of Ithaca, N.Y., the lectures enhance the Roy H. Park Fellowship Program that began in the school in fall 1997. The fellowships go to new doctoral and master's students in the school each year.

The lecture series brings outstanding professionals to the campus each year with the goal of enriching the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate students, and presenting speakers of interest to the campus and beyond.

The lecture series honors Roy H. Park, the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Park Communications Inc., which became an expansive multimedia company with broadcast and print properties throughout the U.S.


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5 – 6:15 p.m.
  • Welcome and introduction by Dean Susan King
  • Keynote by Chris Wallace
  • Discussion with Associate Professor Ryan Thornburg, broadcast & electronic journalism senior Sharon Nunn and strategic communication master's student Maggie Blunk


America Under President Trump: A View From Washington

As one of the country's most seasoned journalists, Chris Wallace draws from his decades at the news desk to deliver valuable insight and perspective on the unprecedented election that put Donald Trump in the White House, what America will look like under our 45th president and what business organizations and individuals can expect during his administration. With an expert’s eye and a historian's perspective, Wallace illustrates various potential scenarios to provide audiences with a more in-depth understanding of how to prepare for the future. From the federal deficit to healthcare reform and tax cuts to international trade, Wallace breaks down the day’s headlines and news stories impacting individuals and industry with the clarity and distinction that have established him as a go-to source for the most important political issues of today and tomorrow. Wallace also offers behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Washington and perspective on the critical and evolving role of the media in the national dialogue.


Ryan Thornburg is an associate professor and director the school’s Reese News Lab, an experimental media and research project that focuses on developing and testing new ideas for the media industry. He spent his professional career in the newsroom focusing on online journalism. He was the managing editor of, managing editor for Congressional Quarterly’s website and the national/international editor for The Washington Post’s website. His work in online media contributed to several professional awards, including seven EPPY awards for his work with

Sharon Nunn is a senior from Houston, Texas, majoring in broadcast journalism and Chinese. She covers North Carolina policy for WRAL in Raleigh, anchors Carolina Week and is the president of the Carolina Association of Black Journalists. Previously, she worked for Al Jazeera in Beijing and was an assistant editor for The Daily Tar Heel’s state and national desk. She will intern with The Wall Street Journal in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Maggie Blunk is a Roy H. Park Fellow at the UNC School of Media and Journalism working toward a master’s degree in strategic communication. She is a reporter for the school’s award-winning Carolina Connection radio program. Blunk has experience working on political campaigns and spent a year in the Office of Federal Relations at UNC General Administration.



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