University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 20 2005

David Hess to Speak at Concord on Monday, October 24

Athens, W.Va. – Mr. David Hess will be speaking Monday, October 24 at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

Hess and a team of reporters for the “Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal” covered a shooting on the campus of Kent State University that occurred on May 4, 1970. Four students were killed and nine were wounded as the Ohio National Guard attempted to disperse a gathering of students. The Akron Beacon Journal received the Pulitzer Prize for local, general or spot news reporting in 1971 for its coverage of the tragedy and the legal battles that followed the story.

Hess is a long-time friend of Concord University President Jerry Beasley and is originally from Hinton. He began his career at the “Bluefield Daily Telegraph” as a sports reporter while attending Bluefield College.

Hess went to Washington in 1971 as the correspondent for the “Akron Beacon Journal,” owned by the original Knight newspaper chain where he served as the Beacon Journal's reporter, chiefly covering the Ohio congressional delegation and regulatory agencies whose activities would have an impact on Ohio and the Akron area. He maintained this position until 1980, after which he joined the national staff of Knight-Ridder newspapers, first as an assistant news editor, then as the national political reporter from 1981 to 1984. In 1984, he began reporting on activities at the White House and stayed until 1988, covering the second term of Ronald Reagan. After the 1988 presidential election, he went to Capitol Hill and covered Congress until retiring in 2001.

Since then, he has worked part-time as a congressional reporter for the “National Journal” (a policy magazine) and its spin-off publications, “Congress Daily” (a twice-daily congressional fax sheet) and the “National Journal's Internet News Service.”

For more information, contact Dr. Karen Griffee, 1-304-384-5201.

-CU-

CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.