An Evening With Kyra Phillips and John Roberts

Owensboro, Ky. (March 27, 2013) – Kentucky Wesleyan College will host “An Evening with HLN’s Kyra Phillips and Fox News Channel’s John Roberts” on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Tapscott Chapel.


The event, sponsored by the Ed Ryan Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. Kelly Frank, a 1996 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College and former CNN executive producer, will moderate the event.


Kyra Phillips anchors “Raising America with Kyra Phillips,” a daytime interactive broadcast that focuses on news stories told through a parental lens and how they impact the modern American family. She joined CNN in 1999, moved to HLN in August 2012 and led the network’s 2012 election coverage. Just prior to the war in Iraq, Phillips became the first female journalist to fly an F-14 air-to-air combat training mission over the Persian Gulf. She produced exclusive reports on the U.S. Navy’s reconnaissance missions from the P-3 aircraft and maritime interdiction operations from the USS Paul Hamilton.  During the war in Iraq, she reported as an embedded journalist aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and later from the ground.

In January 2002, Phillips spent a month in Antarctica. She built and slept in an igloo, rappelled down glaciers, introduced viewers to penguin colonies and revealed some of the continent’s most fascinating scientific discoveries.


Phillips covered the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and was the first network correspondent to gain exclusive access to CAG 9, the elite Navy air wing, as it prepared for the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.


John Roberts joined Fox News Channel (FNC) as a senior national correspondent in January 2011. Prior to joining FNC, he co-anchored CNN’s “American Morning,” served as CNN’s senior national correspondent and anchor of “This Week at War,” examining international wars, including those in Afghanistan and Iraq. He spend more than 14 years with CBS News as the chief White House correspondent, chief medical correspondent and anchor of the weekend editions of the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS Morning News.” While at CBS, he was embedded with the U.S. Marines during the war in Iraq and anchored the “CBS Evening News” coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the death of Pope John Paul II.


Roberts has provided live coverage during numerous breaking news and political events, including president debates, Democratic and Republican national conventions, combat zones around the world, the Atlanta Olympic bombing and the death of Princess Diana.


Roberts has interviewed numerous prominent figures, including former presidents George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, former vice president Al Gore, the late Yitzhak Rabin and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.


Both Phillips and Roberts have received numerous awards, including several Emmy awards.


Event moderator Kelly Frank served four years as Executive Producer, U.S. Operations for CNN, where she supervised several show teams working with Kyra Phillips, Ali Velshi, Tony Harris, Randi Kaye and Ashleigh Benfield. She oversaw special coverage for hurricanes, politics, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the Gulf oil spill, producing shows with Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer and Soledad O’Brien. She was part of the team that took home three Peabody Awards for coverage of the 2008 election, the Gulf oil spill and the Arab Spring. Frank is a member of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Board of Trustees.


This lecture series honors 1961 KWC graduate Ed Ryan, who worked as a reporter at the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer during his time as a student. He became a reporter and editor at the Louisville Courier-Journal and was a rising star on the American journalism scene when he died in 1984. He is remembered as a great writer who did his best to find and report the truth. Kentucky Wesleyan College and the Courier-Journal established the Ed Ryan Lecture Series Endowment Fund in 1985 to recognize his commitment to the field of journalism.

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