USD alumnus Ken Bode to speak April 23 Dr. Ken Bode, a University of South Dakota alumnus of the class of 1961, will be the keynote speaker for the annual W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership Dillon Lecture on April 23 at 7 p.m. in Old Main's Farber Hall on the USD campus.
Bode has long been a media insider for Public Broadcasting (PBS) and the Cable News Network (CNN).
Uniquely qualified to comment on issues associated with the historic and controversial 2000 presidential election, Bode will allow his USD audience to share in his perspective, one shaped by an extraordinary career in journalism and academia. On Jan. 1, he became the sixth dean of the highly respected Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
"As a long-time journalist and experienced broadcaster, Ken Bode is uniquely positioned to discuss the media's role in some of the convulsive political events that accompanied the November 2000 elections," said Dr. William Richardson, chair of the USD political science department and director of the Farber Center. "Knowing the quality of his USD preparation, we fully expect a lively, informative, and entertaining treatment of the many issues associated with this recent historical election."
From 1994 through early 1999, Bode was the moderator of Washington Week in Review, the longest running public affairs program on PBS. He also has anchored PBS's coverage of special congressional hearings. In 1995, he reported and anchored The Challengers, a five-hour prime time PBS series examining the contenders for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.
Before joining PBS in 1994, Bode worked as a special assignment reporter in Washington, D.C. for CNN reporting and writing documentaries. He served as NBC's national political correspondent from 1981 to 1988 and has covered every political convention and presidential election since 1976. He was CNN anchor booth analyst (with Bernard Shaw and Judy Woodruff) during the 1992 and 1996 primaries and national political conventions.
Bode's four CNN documentaries � one on George Bush, one on Bob Dole and two on Bill
Clinton � were part of CNN's winning two Joan Shorenstein Barone Awards for excellence in public affairs reporting in 1992 and 1996.
At DePauw University, Bode was the John D. Hughes University Professor and director of the University's public affairs lecture series. He served as director of DePauw's Media Fellows Program and its Center for Contemporary Media. While on the faculty at DePauw University, Bode wrote articles, op-eds and book reviews for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, Columbia Journalism Review, Parents magazine, TV Guide and Playboy. He is author of the final chapter in Toward the Millennium: The Elections of 1996.
Bode began his journalism career in 1975 as election and political editor of The New Republic. He is a 1961 Phi Beta Kappa graduate in philosophy and government from USD. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1966 and has served on the faculties of Michigan State University and the State University of New York at Binghamton.
He and his wife, Margo, an author and playwright, live in Evanston, IL. They have two daughters, Matilda and Josie, who are students at Kenyon College.