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’Why I Am Trying to be More Truthful’; An Evening with Garrison Keillor Thursday, Oct. 6


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WHAT: Garrison Keillor, the host and writer of “A Prairie Home Companion,” will speak at a free, public program at The University of South Dakota on Thursday, Oct. 6. The program, “Why I Am Trying to be More Truthful,” is presented by the Freedom Forum and The University of South Dakota as part of the Al Neuharth Legacy Series, which features speakers who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and leadership in the media.


-- Garrison Keillor, radio personality, author

-- Al Neuharth, founder, Freedom Forum and USA TODAY -- James Abbott, president, The University of South Dakota

-- Jack Marsh, executive director, Al Neuharth Media Center

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 6

Doors open, 5:30 p.m.

Musical entertainment, 6 p.m.

Garrison Keillor presentation, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: DakotaDome, The University of South Dakota, 1101 Dakota St., Vermillion, S.D.

BACKGROUND: The program, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the DakotaDome on campus at The U. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; general seating. Individuals arriving early will be treated to musical entertainment from 6 to 7 p.m.

Through an ongoing series of conferences, meetings, panel discussions and lectures in Vermillion, the Al Neuharth Legacy Series engages university students, faculty, professionals, state leaders, experts and the public in tackling critical issues in the media.

The series is named for USA TODAY and Freedom Forum Founder Al Neuharth, a South Dakota native and a 1950 graduate of USD.

The Freedom Forum and The University of South Dakota have a long tradition of bringing to campus individuals who have achieved remarkable success in the media, including: Walter Cronkite of CBS News (1989); columnist and author Carl T. Rowan (1990); Helen Thomas of United Press International (1991); Tom Brokaw of NBC News (1992); Larry King of CNN (1993); Charles Kuralt of CBS News (1994); Albert R. Hunt of The Wall Street Journal and Judy Woodruff of CNN (1995); Robert MacNeil of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions (1996); Cokie Roberts of ABC News (1997); Tim Russert of NBC News and Louis D. Boccardi of The Associated Press (1998); John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and award-winning journalist for The Tennessean (1999); Jim Lehrer of “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS (2001); Tom Curley of USA TODAY (2002); and Don Hewitt, “60 Minutes” creator and CBS News executive producer (2004).

MEDIA: Reporters who would like to cover the program, are asked to contact Mike Fetters at 703-284-2895 (o), 240/601-6927 (cell) or


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