Chung to replace Carter at Nicholls Hall of Fame ceremony

THIBODAUX – The Louisiana Center for Women & Government at Nicholls State University has announced Connie Chung as keynote speaker for the center’s 2008 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, slated for Friday, March 14. The first woman to become a nightly news anchor for a major network, Chung will replace Dixie Carter, who canceled her appearance for health reasons.

chung_conniejpg_1.jpgAn award-winning investigative reporter and one of the most recognizable faces on American television, Connie Chung has been a powerful force in the news industry for more than 35 years. As a lecturer she draws on her unique experiences as a working mother and Asian-American in addressing the challenges today’s women face, advocating diversity in the workplace and inspiring younger journalists to make a difference in their local communities and worldwide.

The first Asian-American and only the second woman to serve as nightly news anchor on a major TV network, CBS, Chung has received innumerable accolades for her work, including three national Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award and two commendations from American Women in Radio and Television. In 2000, she was honored by Amnesty International for her report on the abuse of young women in Bangladesh. A working mother herself, Chung has also been a vocal advocate for mothers and expecting women in the workplace.

The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warren J. Harang Jr. Municipal Auditorium in Thibodaux. Tickets are $50 each, $320 for a table of eight and $400 for a table of 10. Senior citizens and students can buy tickets at $25 apiece. The ticket includes a coffee and cocktail reception at 10:30 a.m., followed by the noon luncheon. For reservations, contact the center at (985)448-4770.

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