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Former White House reporter Olivier Knox speaks on October 7

September 28, 2009

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? Reporter Olivier Knox, who covered the White House for Agence France-Presse from December 2000 to January 2009, will give a lecture at Middlebury College titled "What I Saw at the Shoe-Throwing and Other Reflections on Covering the Bush White House" at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The lecture is part of the college's "Meet the Press" series and will take place in Room 103 of the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, located on College Street (Route 125). The event is free and open to the public and will include time for audience questions.

Knox currently covers the United States Congress for Agence France-Presse. Prior to chronicling President George W. Bush's tenure, he covered then-vice president Al Gore's White House campaign. From 1998-2000, he covered the United States Congress, including then-president Bill Clinton's impeachment and subsequent Senate trial.

Knox, who is a 1994 graduate of the Middlebury College Italian School, is the son of College Professor Emeritus of French Ed Knox and Lecturer Emerita of French Huguette Knox. He grew up in Middlebury and Paris, France.

Knox's talk is co-sponsored by the Middlebury College organizations: Brainerd Commons, and the departments of political science and English and American literatures. "Meet the Press" was established in 2003 by author and Scholar-in-Residence in English Sue Halpern. The lectures, presented under the auspices of the Middlebury College Institute on Working Journalism, are designed to bring newsmakers - reporters, editors, critics, photojournalists, bloggers and editorialists - to the Middlebury campus.

For more information, contact Sue Halpern at