October 18, 2005

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Campbell Brown

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Campbell Brown, co-anchor of NBC's Today Weekend Edition show, will give the talk, "The Political Landscape," Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University. (This talk was rescheduled from Sept. 15 because of Brown's coverage of the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.)

The talk, which is free to the public, is part of the university's celebration of Constitution Day.

"We are honored to be able to celebrate this first Constitution Day with a talk by such a noteworthy political correspondent," said Brian C. Mitchell, president of Bucknell University.

"As an institution of higher learning, we recognize the importance of the Constitution, its freedoms and its responsibilities, in our scholarly endeavors."

Brown served as NBC News White House correspondent and was part of the NBC News team covering the presidential campaign of Republican candidate George W. Bush.

In addition to covering the Republican primaries, the Republican National Convention, the Presidential Debates and Election Day, she also spent more than a month reporting from Texas on the post-election Florida recount story.

As NBC News correspondent, Brown has reported on numerous major news stories including former President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, the war in Kosovo and the Pope's historic visit to Cuba as well as national breaking news stories such as the crash of Swiss Air Flight 111.

A graduate of Regis College, Brown began her career in local news as the political reporter covering Kansas politics for KSNT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Topeka. She subsequently reported for stations in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., before joining the network in 1998.

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and the United States Congress unofficial constitutional scholar, proposed Constitution Day as a way to ensure that students gain an increased knowledge and appreciation for this valuable and important document of freedom.

Congress passed a provision in 2004, declaring Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the day the document was adopted in 1787. Beginning this year, all schools that receive federal funds must teach about the Constitution on or near Sept. 17.



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