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Todd Starnes to Visit Lee as Guest Lecturer

Thursday, October 18, 2012


20121018 Todd Starnes

By: Kattie Parsons  

Todd Starnes will be on Lee's campus to lecture in a special topics class entitled Political Communication. The one-hour class, taught by Dr. Megan Moe, features Starnes beginning Monday, Oct. 22 and culminating on Friday, Oct. 26.

Starnes studied communication at Lee in the 1990's and was the editor of the university newspaper. He is now a Fox News Channel journalist where he hosts three daily radio commentaries and is a frequent contributor on Fox & Friends and Hannity.

Starnes was the embedded reporter on President Obama during the 2008 election and was able to travel with the presidential party doing in-depth coverage for Fox News.

The purpose of this course is to examine communication in the field of politics. Starnes will begin the week by discussing a historical overview political communication in the U.S. Later in the week he will lecture on topics such as: bias in media, creating political messages, social media and its effects on political communication, and an in-depth look at communication in this year's presidential election.

"We are excited to offer a special topics class as this is the first short course offered by the Communication Arts Department," said Moe, associate professor of communication at Lee. "Our goal is to get students involved and critically thinking about political communication, especially when we are so close to the 2012 election."

Starnes is also the author of two books including the 2009 best-seller, "They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy on the Dipstick."  He is the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Associated Press Mark Twain Award.

Starnes is a frequent speaker at churches and Christian colleges.

For more information please call Lee's Communication Arts Department at 423-614-8341.