Charles Gibson, the former “ABC World News” anchor, will deliver the lecture, “The (Im)Balance of Power in Washington: How Things Went Off the Rails and How They Can Be Fixed,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Burt Kahn Court on the Mount Carmel Campus.
“I have long been concerned about the continuing polarization in our politics,” Gibson said. “Since I left the anchor desk, I have spent considerable time studying this issue, and I’ve identified a number of reasons why the political atmosphere has become so toxic, and simple things that could be done to repair the situation.”
In the fall of 2010, Gibson spent a semester at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and authored a paper entitled “Restoring Comity to Congress.”
“I am thrilled to have Charlie Gibson coming to campus for so many reasons,” said Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications. “I was one of Charlie’s producers when he was the congressional correspondent for ABC News. Having worked alongside him, I know how passionately he cares about the Congress as an institution, and how important he believes it is to restore civility to congressional and public discourse.”
Kamlet noted that Gibson’s appearance comes during Constitution Week, adding to Quinnipiac’s celebration of the Constitution. In addition to his speech, the former ABC newsman will spend a full day on campus, meeting with students and faculty.
“The wonderful thing about the communications field is that we don’t know where the business is going,” Gibson said. “It is reinvigorating for people at my end of the career spectrum, to see the enthusiasm of students who are eager to participate and learn and take on the challenges ahead.”
Gibson is one of the most distinguished journalists in television with more than 40 years’ experience, including 33 years at ABC News, where he covered Congress and the White House, among the many assignments that took him all over the world. From 2006-2009, he was the anchor of the network’s flagship broadcast, “World News with Charles Gibson,” as well as the network’s principal anchor for breaking news, election coverage and special events.
He anchored major ABC News broadcasts over the course of 11 election cycles, and moderated a number of presidential candidate debates. He interviewed each of the last seven presidents and numerous world leaders from Nelson Mandela to Yasir Arafat. He has had a front row seat at some of the biggest events of the past three decades, from the Watergate scandal to the death of Pope John Paul II. He was part of ABC’s award-winning live coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.
Before being named anchor of “World News,” Gibson was co-anchor of “Good Morning America.” He returned to “GMA” to re-launch the broadcast with Diane Sawyer in 1999. He had previously co-anchored the morning program from 1987 to 1998.
In 2006, Gibson was awarded the prestigious Paul White Award from the Radio and Television News Directors of America. He received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac in 2008.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture, please call 203-582-8652.