Emmy Award-winning journalist Ed Gordon will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 Claflin University Spring Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 20.
The theme for the event is "Envisioning Greatness." The program will start at 11 a.m. in the Tullis Arena of the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.
Gordon is the host of "Weekly with Ed Gordon," a talk show that highlights the most important stories from politics to pop culture, and the critically acclaimed "Conversations with Ed Gordon," both which are featured on the BET network. He formerly was a contributor for NBC's "The Today Show" and "Dateline," CBS' "60 Minutes II" and MSNBC, and host of NPR's "News and Notes." In a previous stint with BET, he was the host of "BET Tonight" and anchor of "BET News."
Gordon captured praise for his coverage of watershed news events such as the death of Princess Diana, the prison release of former South African President Nelson Mandela and the Monica Lewinsky scandal that nearly derailed the presidency of Bill Clinton.
Gordon's most famous interview came when he became the first journalist to talk with O.J. Simpson after the former NFL star was acquitted of murder charges in 1996.
He is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award, the National Association of Black Journalist's Journalist of the Year Award and was once named to People Magazine's annual list of the "50 Most Beautiful People."
He is the president of Ed Gordon Media, a production company, and the creator of Daddy's Promise, an initiative that encourages fathers to become deeply involved in their daughters' lives.