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Journalism legend visits Grambling

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GRAMBLING, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Grambling State University's Department of Mass Communication is playing host to a special visitor this week.

Internationally known author, columnist and professor Andrew Leckey. Leckey is president of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.   

Leckey's visit is including sessions with mass communication students as well as Grambling President Frank G. Pogue; Connie Walton, provost and vice president of academic affairs and Rama Tunuguntla, acting dean of the College of Professional Studies. While at the school, he'll also visit with students who were involved with the Reynolds Tigers, a strictly optional professional development program with a business journalism emphasis. Grambling State hosted one of several Reynolds Visiting Professors of Business Journalism in the spring. This is Leckey's first visit to Grambling State University and to northern Louisiana.

Leckey is also Reynolds Business Journalism Chair at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass communication in Phoenix. "Business journalism is important because there is money in every story. Not only are there career opportunities in the field for young journalists, but it is vital that there is diversity among the journalists covering business and our economy."

As president of the Reynolds Center, Leckey leads training programs for business journalists nationally online, on site and off site. He was a long-time nationally-syndicated investment columnist for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times and he was a CNBC television anchor and reporter. He has authored or edited 10 financial books.

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