Ann Compton, ABC News White House correspondent, will deliver the 28th Annual Frank L. Marcon Lecture at DeSales University at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in Billera Hall. Compton’s speech is titled, “Inside the White House.” The free, public talk will be followed by an audience Q & A.
The event is open to the public free of charge, but tickets are required. For tickets, call 610-282-1100, ext. 1364.
Earlier in the day, Compton will interact with students during a discussion session at 4:00 p.m. in the DeSales University Center. (Note: Although this is a student-only event, media is welcome to attend. Any member of the media who would like the opportunity to interview Ms. Compton after the student session should contact Tom McNamara, executive director of communications at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1219, or at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reporting for all ABC News broadcasts and for abcnews.com, Compton has traveled around the globe and through all 50 states with presidents, vice presidents, and first ladies. Twice during campaigns she was invited to serve as a panelist for presidential debates (1988 and 1992) and she was assigned as a floor reporter at the 1976 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
Compton began her broadcasting career in Virginia, where an internship at Hollins University led to a full-time television reporting job. In 1973, ABC News hired her and she reported from New York for one year and then she was assigned to the White House.
Weeks after the Watergate scandal came to an end, Compton became the first woman assigned to cover the White House by a network television news organization and she was one of the youngest to receive the assignment. She has covered seven Presidents and also spent four years reporting from Capitol Hill.
On September 11, 2001, Compton was the only broadcast reporter allowed to remain onboard Air Force One during the dramatic hours when President Bush was unable to return to Washington. Her reports were singled out by the judges who awarded ABC News an Emmy for the network's coverage that day.
Compton was part of the team awarded the prestigious Silver Baton Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for the network's coverage of September 11, 2001. Her coverage of September 11 was also recognized in ABC News' Emmy and Peabody awards. In June 2000, she was inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame by the Society of Professional Journalists. She was voted into the national Radio Hall of Fame in 2004.
Despite her many achievements and commitments, Compton said that her most valued award is a golden statuette from the National Mothers' Day Committee naming her a Mother of the Year in 1988.
Ann Compton is married to Dr. William Hughes, a physician in Washington, D.C., and they are the parents of three sons and a daughter.
The Marcon Lecture series is named in memory of Frank L. Marcon, a prominent area businessman who served as a DeSales University trustee from 1966, until his death in 1982. Previous speakers have included Charlie Rose, Tim Russert, Mark Shields, Paul Gigot,Helen Thomas, Bob Arnot, Peggy Noonan, Tucker Carlson, William Kristol, Frank Deford, Larry Kane, Lisa Myers, Billy Packer, and Jonathan Alter.
Ann Compton, ABC News White House correspondent, will deliver the 28th Annual Frank L. Marcon Lecture at DeSales University at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in Billera Hall.
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