Desert Storm-Desert Peace: The Journalist's View

Our fourth speaker in the "Desert Storm-Desert
Peace" series is uniquely qualified to discuss the
role of the press during the Gulf Crisis; he won the 1991
Pulitzer Prize for "distinguished criticism" of media
coverage. The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is proud
to welcome David Shaw, award-winning media critic
for the Los Angeles Times. Former Times editor William
Thomas calls Mr. Shaw "a unique figure on the
journalistic scene."

Mr. Shaw describes himself as "cocky, outspoken,
aggressive, abrasive, confrontational." He has been
characterized by the portrayal of the abrasive reporter,
Joe Rossi, on Lou Grant. Mr. Shaw is not afraid to tell it
like it is, even if it means alienating other reporters. In
college he served as sports editor for UCLA's Daily
, and in his first column he proclaimed himself a
USC fan. The antagonized Student Legislative Council
tried to take away his appointment; some students got a
fund together to send him to USC.

Mr. Shaw has contributed to several national publications, including Rolling Stone, Psychology Today, and GQ.
His books include Press Watch: A Provocative Look at How Newspapers Report the News (1984) and WILT: Just Like Any
Other 7-Foot, Black Millionaire Who Lives Next Door

Please join us for an honest and insightful look at the
American press by turning in the enclosed reservation
slip. The reception will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner
at 6:00 and Mr. Shaw's talk at 7:00.