Reed Sarratt Lecture Series

Reed Sarratt was a great friend of excellence in journalism and mass communication and in education for the field. For many years, he worked in Atlanta as executive director of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA) Foundation and then of SNPA itself. Before that, he had been a newspaperman in North Carolina.

A native of Charlotte and a 1937 graduate of UNC, he served as the inaugural president of the School's Journalism Alumni and Friends Association. He was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame in 1985.

Sarratt died on March 15, 1986, at age 68. He devoted much of his life to improving journalism in the South. He loved the University and the school; numerous members of the Sarratt family have graduated from the University.

The Reed Sarratt Distinguished Lecture Series brings some of the best and brightest minds in the field to the University each year to discuss matters of importance and concern, of philosophy and principle.

The series has featured the following speakers:

  • Andy Polansky, CEO, Weber Shandwick, fall 2016 (event details)
  • Andrew Robertson, CEO, BBDO Worldwide, spring 2015 (event details)
  • Matthew Winkler, CEO, Bloomberg News, fall 2012 (video)
  • Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief, CEO and president, ProPublica, spring 2012 (video)
  • Daniel J. Edelman, founder and chairman, Daniel J. Edelman Inc., spring 2006
  • M. Dockery Clark, former senior vice president of sponsorship and marketing, Bank of America, spring 2005
  • John Walsh, senior vice president of ESPN, fall 2003
  • Carl Kasell, National Public Radio, spring 2003
  • Robert Giles, curator of The Nieman Foundation for Journalism, fall 2002
  • Christine Brennan, sports columnist for USA Today, spring 2002
  • Jay T. Harris, former publisher and chairman of The San Jose Mercury News, fall 2001
  • R.W. Apple Jr., chief correspondent for The New York Times, spring 2001
  • Dr. Charles Sherman, executive vice president of the Television National Association of Broadcasters, spring 2000
  • Harry Jacobs, retired chairman of the Martin Agency in Richmond, Va., fall 1999
  • Penny Muse Abernathy, group publisher and general manager of the publishing division at Harvard Business School; former president of The New York Times News Services, spring 1999
  • Ken Bode, moderator of PBS television program Washington Week in Review and dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, fall 1998
  • Gene Roberts, professor in the University of Maryland at College Park College of Journalism, former managing editor of The New York Times, and former editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, spring 1998
  • Felix Guiterrez, senior vice president and executive director of the Freedom Forum Pacific Coast Center in San Francisco, fall 1997
  • Creed Black, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and chairman and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader Company, spring 1997
  • Geneva Overholser, ombudsman for the Washington Post and former editor of the Des Moines Register, fall 1996 
  • Sharon Lawrence, Broadway performer and television actress, spring 1996
  • Karen Elliott House, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and president of International Group, Dow Jones & Co. Inc., fall 1995
  • Tom Wicker, author and former New York Times columnist, spring 1995
  • Ruth Wooden, president of the Advertising Council, fall 1994
  • Frank Deford, writer for Sports Illustrated, spring 1994
  • Kurt Luedtke, screenwriter (Absence of Malice) and former editor of the Detroit Free Press, fall 1993
  • Pat Carbine, co-founder, Ms. magazine, spring 1993
  • Tom Burrell, founder and president, Burrell Advertising, Chicago, fall 1992
  • Karen Jurgensen, editorial page editor, USA Today, spring 1992
  • Doug Marlette, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, fall 1991
  • Tom Wicker, New York Times columnist and author, fall 1990
  • Everette E. Dennis, author, researcher, educator and executive director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, Columbia University, spring 1990
  • Jeff MacNelly, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, spring 1989
  • Gordon Parks, Life magazine photographer, film director, author and composer, fall 1988
  • David Brinkley, famed television journalist and commentator, ABC News, spring 1988
  • David Broder, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist, fall 1987
  • Jeffrey Marx and Michael York, Pulitzer Prize-winning sports writers from the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader, spring 1987