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UNI to host reporter Jack Hovelson

September 30, 2013

Robert Martin, department head, UNI Department of History, 319-273-2097,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Distinguished reporter Jack Hovelson will deliver his lecture "Newspapering: If You Ain't Good, You Better Be Lucky" at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, at the University of Northern Iowa.

"It's long been said that newspapers provide the first draft of history," said John Johnson, a professor in UNI's Department of History. "For more than half a century, Jack Hovelson has provided hundreds of first drafts of some of the most important moments in the history of the Cedar Valley."

Hovelson has more than 50 years of experience in journalism, having worked as a reporter for newspapers including The Des Moines Register and USA Today, and served as an adviser for UNI's student-run newspaper, The Northern Iowan. His lecture is sponsored by the UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robert Martin, head of UNI's Department of History, at 319-273-2097 or