Washington Post political editor to give Schatt Lecture

March 19, 2012

Steven Ginsberg, the national political editor of The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at the sixth annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture at Arizona State University.

Ginsberg will discuss covering the 2012 presidential election on Thursday, March 29, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Download Full Image

Leonard Downie Jr., who as executive editor of the Post oversaw Ginsberg’s work for nearly 15 years, will serve as moderator. Downie is now the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School and vice president-at-large of the Post.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Cronkite’s First Amendment Forum. It is free and open to the public.

“Steven will take us inside The Washington Post's innovative multimedia coverage of an extraordinarily exciting and significant election campaign, describing how he manages the fast-paced changes in digital-age political coverage while preserving the credibility and authority the Post has built over decades,” Downie said. “There could be no better guide to the news media's role in the 2012 elections.”

Ginsberg began his journalism career at the Post in 1994. He covered local and state politics in Virginia for a number of years before moving to the regional transportation beat. In 2006, he became a metro editor, and the following year he was part of the editing team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the mass shootings at Virginia Tech.

A self-described “campaign addict,” Ginsberg was part of the Post’s national political team for the 2008 presidential election as well as the top editor of its coverage of the Virginia gubernatorial race the following year. He rejoined the paper’s national political staff in 2010 as deputy political editor, leading coverage of that year’s midterm elections. He was named the Post’s national political editor in 2011.

Downie served as executive editor of the Post from 1991 to 2008, during which time the paper won 25 Pulitzer Prizes. During his 44 years at the Post, Downie was an investigative reporter, editor on the local and national news staffs, London correspondent and managing editor and helped supervise the newspaper’s Watergate coverage.

The Cronkite School established the Schatt lecture series in 2007 in honor of longtime Arizona Republic reporter, editor and columnist Paul Schatt, who was an adjunct faculty member at the Cronkite School for more than 30 years. The series is supported by an annual gift from the Arizona Republic and an endowment created in Schatt’s memory by his widow, Laura Schatt-Thede.

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Sprints, multi-eventers lead track & field home opener

March 20, 2012

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The Arizona State University track and field team was paced by the men’s sprints team and a strong performance from a couple of women’s multi-eventers as the squad opened up the 2012 outdoor season with the conclusion of the Baldy Castillo Invitational at the Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe on Saturday. Download Full Image

Junior Christabel Nettey wasted no time making her mark, setting a meet record in the women’s long jump with a new career-best jump of 6.58m (21-07.25) on her very first attempt of the day to win the event and improve upon her second-place hold in ASU history books in the long jump.

Nettey’s leap came quite literally moments after she wrapped up the high jump competition with a new career-best jump of 1.70m (5-07.00) to finish third in the competition.  As if that weren’t enough Nettey went on to take second in the triple jump with a wind-aided leap of 12.35m (40-06.25).

Keia Pinnick had a busy day as well, highlighted by a win in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.63.  Pinnick also posted a runner-up finish in the 100-meter hurdles in a personal best time of 13.80.  She would also compete in the high jump, long jump and the javelin throw while helping the women’s 4x400-meter relay team to a runner-up finish in 3:38.48 along with teammates Brianna Tate, Kayla Sanchez and Alycia Herring

Freshman Shelby Houlihan earned the other victory on the day for ASU, clocking a time of 2:09.38 in her collegiate outdoor debut to easily handle her competition in the 800-meter run. 

In the men’s sprints, senior Daniel Auberry clocked a time of 10.28 in a super-fast heat benefited by a huge +4.9 tailwind.  Auberry mark won’t count towards any records or towards NCAA qualifications or personal records but was good for fourth overall in Saturday’s fast heat.

While Auberry’s time was not wind legal, teammate Justin Freeman’s was in the second heat as he set a new career best time of 10.59 to take eighth overall. 

In the men’s 400 meters, sophomore Will Henry led a 1-2-3 sweep with his time of 46.39 – just a tenth of a second away from his career record.  Chris Burrows was second in his Division I outdoor debut in 46.66 while John Kline took third in 47.40. 

The three would team with Kelsey Caesar to run an incredible opener in the 4x400-meter relay, taking second to perennial powerhouse Texas A&M with a time of 3:05.29 to A&M’s 3:05.14. 

The men’s 4x100-meter relay also had a strong run in their debut, even without Ryan Milus, as the team of Auberry, Burrows, Caesar and Rashad Ross took second in 40.05 behind A&M’s 39.41. 

The Sun Devils will continue their homestand next weekend as the team hosts the ASU Invitational on Saturday, March 23 beginning at 10 a.m. PST.