Ed Gordon to open Presidential Lecture Series

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Emmy award-winning broadcaster opens Presidential Lecture Series

    Ed GordonPRINCESS ANNE, MD - (Sept. 3, 2014) -  Ed Gordon, a broadcast journalist known for getting the "big" interview, will be the first speaker at the inaugural Presidential Lecture Series at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.

    In light of recent events (the Michael Brown case) and the upcoming November election, Gordon's message will focus on the role of the media in political, economic and social activity.  He will also give the keynote address the following day at the university's Founders' Week Convocation and Summer Commencement.  The event commemorates UMES' 128th anniversary on Sept. 13 and the graduation of 28 students on Sept. 11 who will receive Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees.

    Gordon's career in television and radio is storied; he currently is host and producer of "Conversations with Ed Gordon," a syndicated quarterly 60 minute special that features today's top newsmakers and celebrities.  The latest feature comedian Kevin Hart, R&B star KEM and legendary entertainer Whoopi Goldberg.  Gordon also hosts the nationally syndicated radio program, "WEEKend with Ed Gordon."  He recently joined the "Steve Harvey Morning Show" and can be heard every Tuesday and Wednesday with his take on current headlines.  The Detroit native is also president of Ed Gordon Media, a multi-service production company.

    Previous career milestones include being a correspondent for CBS' "60 Minutes II," three years with NBC as a contributor to the "Today Show" and "Dateline NBC" and two stints at BET where he hosted "BET Tonight," anchored "BET News" and created "Conversations with Ed Gordon."

    Gordon has interviewed many of our generations' most influential newsmakers including: President Barack Obama, Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey. He's also covered many of the defining international and domestic events of our time, including the 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential elections, the beating of Rodney King, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and most recently the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela.         

    The lecture, which takes place in UMES' Student Services Center Theater, is free and open to the public.  Call 410-651-UMES for more information.

    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580.