The Department of Communication Studies will present lecture on Journalistic Ethics

In Upcoming Events, by , on November 11th, 2014

The Department of Communication Studies presents a special lecture with Buffalo News crime reporter, Lou Michel, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Gallagher Center multi-purpose room, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Most notable for his investigation in the 1993 Oklahoma City bombing, Michel will discuss his career as a crime journalist and how journalistic ethics influences his decisions when reporting to the public.

Biography – Lou Michel’s accomplishments include coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and an exclusive interview with bomber Timothy McVeigh in which McVeigh confessed during several days of face-to-face meetings. The interview later became the basis of a critically acclaimed, bestselling book co-authored by Buffalo News reporter Dan Herbeck.

Michel and Herbeck also received a confession from James Kopp, the convicted murderer of Dr. Barnett Slepian, a women services physician fatally shot inside his Western New York home in front of his family. The interview, which was picked up by national and international news media, later became evidence used to convict Kopp in court.

Michel is the recipient of several Associated Press awards and a national award, The Nancy Dickerson Whitehead award, for a series on illegal drugs entering New York State prisons at a much greater percentage than prisons in neighboring states.

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

For information, contact professor Joseph Sirianni at or at ext. 8577.