Inaugural Pierpoint Lecture
The inaugural Robert Pierpoint Memorial Lecture Nov. 6 will feature Kelsey Myers ’01, a producer for “CBS This Morning,” speaking on “The Importance of Credibility: Journalism in the Digital Age.”
“It is an honor to be part of this and I could not be more excited,” Myers said. “It is always great to come back to Colton Avenue, but I genuinely feel like I carry a piece of my experience at Redlands wherever I travel or on whatever story I am covering.”
This event is open to students, faculty and staff. A reception will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on the Hall of Letters south patio, with the lecture following from 5 to 7 p.m. in Hall of Letters 100. Myers will discuss several issues, and will touch on how his education at Redlands helped him in his line of work.
“There are basic human elements required for comprehensive news coverage, and whether that’s going into a situation well beyond my comfort zone or trying to secure an interview with someone who ‘will never talk,’ there’s always a possibility that things may not come together the way I hope,” he said. “Redlands helped me develop some of the tools I use every day in the news room or out in the field on a story, both for when things go well and for the challenging times when coverage plans are fluid or less than ideal.”
Robert Pierpoint ’47 was known around the world for his work at CBS News, serving as a White House and State Department correspondent through six presidential administrations. He was admired for his accurate and thorough reporting, and was a “bulldog,” according to Myers.
“In the news industry that’s one of the highest compliments you can earn,” Myers said. “And it has to be earned. You can’t cover White House administrations and federal agencies for decades without the ability to develop and work with sources, maintain trustworthy relationships, and report on sensitive or complex matters of national security or public safety.”
Myers came to the University of Redlands from Portland, Oregon to play baseball and earn a degree in environmental studies. He had no idea when he started his freshman year that his path would change and he would end up in the news business, working at networks like CNN, ABC and CBS.
“I blew out my throwing shoulder and spent my first college baseball season at the end of the bench, got misdiagnosed with lymphoma, and made a remarkably disastrous attempt to learn German for my foreign language credit,” he said. “Flash forward a few years later and I’m hitting the game winning triple for a university in Australia on my way to winning a national college baseball title during a study abroad trip and getting career experience covering the Olympics and college sports for some TV news stations and newspapers. This all led to me graduating with a degree in Media Studies via Johnston. It was a pretty cool ‘only at Redlands’ comeback story.”
The Robert Pierpoint Memorial Lecture is open to the campus community. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 909-748-8050.
Posted: Oct. 25, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia