Middlebury

Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana to discuss issues of biased reporting Sept. 21

September 7, 2006

Lecture is part of Middlebury's "Meet the Press" series
and is free and open to the public

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? Will Dana, managing editor of Rolling Stone magazine, will deliver a lecture titled "The Myth of Fair and Balanced: A Defense of Biased Reporting," on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 4:30 p.m. The lecture, part of Middlebury College's "Meet the Press" series, will take place in Room 216 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall and is free and open to the public.

Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana

Dana joined Rolling Stone in 1996 as a senior editor. He has worked in all areas of the magazine, but has primarily been a features editor contributing to the magazine's political and national affairs coverage, including John Kerry's bid for the presidency. Though known mainly for its music coverage, the magazine has always taken what Dana called an "exhaustive" approach to features. Since his promotion to managing editor in May 2005, he has been responsible for overseeing all aspects of the magazine's editorial operations.

In his years at Rolling Stone, Dana has overseen many successes. He recruited Eric Schlosser to write the series of articles that formed the basis for Schlosser's best-selling book "Fast Food Nation." A 1999 profile of Ozzy Osbourne, assigned by Dana, became the basis for the MTV reality show "The Osbournes." In 2003, a writer he worked closely with for years, Evan Wright, won a National Magazine Award for his landmark series of articles chronicling the experiences of a marine platoon during the invasion of Baghdad. The pieces were collected in the best-selling book, "Generation Kill," which is currently being made into an HBO series.

Dana graduated from Middlebury College in 1985. He began working in magazines that same year an intern at Harper's Magazine, and has since worked at Esquire, Seven Days, Manhattan, Inc., Outside, Worth and Details.

Dana's talk is part of Middlebury College's "Meet the Press" lecture series and is co-sponsored by the Middlebury College English Department and Atwater Commons. "Meet the Press" was established in 2004 by author and Scholar in Residence in English Sue Halpern. According to Halpern, the lectures are presented under the auspices of the Middlebury College Institute on Working Journalism, a program designed to bring newsmakers - reporters, editors, critics, photojournalists, bloggers and editorialists - to the Middlebury campus.
 
McCardell Bicentennial Hall is located on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125). For more information, contact Sue Halpern at shalpern@middlebury.edu.