December 17, 1997
Emmy Award-Winning Anchor and CNN Correspondent
Jeanne Meserve to Present "The Stories You Won't See on the
Jeanne Meserve, an Emmy Award-winning
anchor and correspondent for CNN, will deliver the Robert W. van
de Velde, Jr. Memorial Lecture on "The Stories You Won't
See on the Network News" at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January
7 in the auditorium of Middlebury College's Twilight Hall. Meserve
is a Middlebury alumna from the class of 1974. The lecture is
open to the public and free of charge.
Based in CNN's Washington, D.C. bureau, Meserve has
a variety of anchoring responsibilities on the weekend, including
Early Prime, The World Today, PrimeNews,
and World News. Meserve, who joined CNN in 1993, won an
Emmy in 1997 for her contribution to the network's coverage of
the Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta.
Meserve's work at CNN includes anchoring coverage
of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin-reporting
that won a New York Festival Gold Medal. She also served as a
floor reporter during both the Republican and Democratic 1996
Meserve was an ABC-TV news correspondent for eight
years covering a variety of beats, including the White House and
State Department. At ABC, Meserve reported extensively from overseas.
She covered Beijing in the wake of the Tiananmen Square uprising,
and reported on the hostage situation in Lebanon, tensions in
the Persian Gulf, and the intricacies of U.S. Soviet relations.
Robert W. van de Velde, Jr. was a member of the Middlebury
class of 1975. The memorial lecture was established in 1981 by
his parents, R.W. and Barbara van de Velde; his widow, Diana Mooney
van de Velde; and other family members and friends. The lecture
series provides an annual talk on the confluence of public affairs-both
foreign and domestic-and journalism, particularly broadcast journalism.
Previous speakers in the series have included Frank Sesno of the
class of 1977, Cecil Forster of the class of 1964, Robert Abernethy,
Governor Madeleine Kunin, Raymond Benson, Jane Bryant Quinn of
the class of 1960, Karl Meyer, and E.D. Hirsch.