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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Journalist Jeffrey Toobin to speak at William Jewell College

Jeffrey Toobin, a staff writer at The New Yorker and the senior legal analyst for CNN, will offer a free public lecture at 7 p.m. May 27 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. The public is invited to attend; tickets or reservations are not required.

Toobin is one of the most recognized and admired legal journalists in the country. His most recent book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, was published in the fall of 2007. The book spent more than four months on the New York Times best-seller list and was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly and the Economist. The Nine also received the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Non-fiction and the Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association.

Toobin joined CNN in 2002 after six years with ABC News. In 2000, he received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Guests may greet Toobin at a reception and book signing in Yates-Gill College Union immediately following the lecture. Toobin will be on the William Jewell campus as part of a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Truman Scholars Leadership Week, held annually on the campus in Liberty. Truman Scholars from across the country gather to discuss leadership and personal development issues. The prestigious Truman Scholarship is awarded each year to college students seeking careers in public service. Toobin was a Truman Scholar recipient in 1980.

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