NBC news correspondent Lisa Myers to speak at Greenberger Lecture

Lisa Myers, senior investigative correspondent, NBC News, will speak at this year's Penn State Shenango Greenberger Family Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in the campus' newly renovated auditorium. The lecture, entitled, "An Inside View of Washington: Politics and Personalities in the Age of Obama," is free and open to the public with general admission seating. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
 
As an Emmy-award-winning seasoned political analyst and one of the most respected journalists in the country, Myers’ groundbreaking reports on the war on terror, politics, Iraq, assorted political and corporate scandals, and the Pentagon’s sometimes broken military procurement system have triggered official investigations and won critical acclaim. Currently, Myers can be seen on the top-rated NBC “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” “Meet the Press,” MSNBC and CNBC.
 
In 2007, Myers and her team received some of the most prestigious awards in journalism for their multi-part investigation exposing efforts by the US Army to scuttle a promising technology, called “Trophy,” designed to protect soldiers from rocket-propelled grenades. The series won the George Polk Award for investigative reporting, the Joan Barone Award for Washington reporting, a Business Emmy and a Gerald Loeb Award.On the domestic front, Myers’ memorable reports on the bungling, incompetence and waste at all levels of government in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were a key component of NBC’s much-heralded coverage, which was recognized with prestigious Peabody and DuPont awards. She and her team also won a Business Emmy for “Congress’ Private Air Force,” exposing how corporations curry favor with politicians by providing access to corporate jets.
Myers made headlines in 2004 when, for the first time, she aired a top-secret CIA surveillance tape of Bin Laden shot prior to 9-11. That same year, she also broke an important story on Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, unearthing controversial statements Dean had made during years of appearances on an obscure Canadian television program. Myers and NBC's investigative team also have been recognized repeatedly for coverage of 9-11, global terrorism, politics and contracting problems in Iraq. They received an Edward R. Murrow award for a series on missed opportunities in both the Clinton and Bush administrations.
In addition, Myers served as chief correspondent on the Enron story, explaining and unraveling the biggest bankruptcy in history and its implications for investors.  The in-depth reports included an exclusive interview with Linda Lay, wife of Enron CEO Ken Lay.
 
Before joining NBC in 1981, Myers was White House correspondent for The Washington Star newspaper. While there, she covered the Senate and the 1980 campaigns of Presidents Reagan and Carter. Between 1977 and 1979, she was a Washington correspondent for the Chicago Sun-Times.
 
Myers received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1973. She was born in Joplin, Mo. and now resides in Washington, D.C.
 
For more information on this event, contact Stephanie Chastain at (724) 983-2846.
 
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Last Updated March 26, 2009