Katty Kay To Deliver 2012 Marcon Lecture

by Tom McNamara | Mar 29, 2012

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 Katty Kay, BBC World News America anchor, will deliver the Frank L. Marcon Lecture on April 18

Katty Kay, BBC World News America anchor, will deliver the 29th Annual Frank L. Marcon Lecture at DeSales University at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 18 in Billera Hall. Kay’s speech is titled, “Washington and 2012 Elections From a Different Angle.” The public event 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, Kay will field questions from students during a discussion session at 4:00 p.m.  in the DeSales University Center.

Kay is the lead anchor of BBC World News America, the nightly newscast that airs on the BBC World News cable channel and PBS stations across the U.S. Before taking over as lead anchor, Kay served as the Washington correspondent for BBC starting in 2002.

Kay’s career at BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she started filing radio reports for BBC World Service radio. She also covered the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Kay went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London, and later Tokyo, reporting on stories including the Kobe earthquake and the Japanese economic recession. She settled in Washington in 1996, where she took some time away from broadcast journalism to join The Times Washington bureau before returning to BBC in 2002.

From Washington, Kay covered the sex scandals of the Clinton administration, four Presidential elections, and the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. She also witnessed a drastic shift in American domestic policy and foreign affairs after the attacks of September 11. Kay was at the Pentagon twenty minutes after American Airline Flight 77 struck the building; one of her most vivid memories is interviewing soldiers visibly shaking after the attack.

Kay is a contributor on Meet the Press, The Chris Matthews Show, and Morning Joe. She is also a regular guest host for Diane Rehm on National Public Radio, and a co-author of The New York Times bestseller Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success.

A fluent French and Italian speaker with what she describes as “rusty Japanese,” Kay juggles her career with raising four children with her husband, a consultant.

The Marcon Lecture series is in memory of Frank L. Marcon, a prominent area business 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, Jonathan Alter, and Ann Compton.

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