November 14, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: November 14, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT - David Moats, editorial page editor of the Rutland Herald and winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials on the passage of the same-sex civil unions law, will give a talk titled "Power and Timidity: What the Civil Unions Struggle Taught Us About the Press" on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. The event, the annual Robert W. van de Velde, Jr. Memorial Lecture, will take place in Middlebury College's Dana Auditorium in Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125). A reception will be held immediately following the lecture in Sunderland lobby. Both the lecture and the reception are free and open to the public.

In 1982 Moats joined the Rutland Herald, where he worked as wire editor, state editor, assistant managing editor, and city editor. During this period he was also Vermont correspondent for The New York Times. In 1992, he became editorial page editor of the Herald. Prior to working at the Herald, he was managing editor of The Valley Voice, a weekly paper in Middlebury where he worked from 1977 to 1981. He has also worked as an editor at the Journal-Opinion of Bradford and briefly as a copy editor at Saturday Review magazine in San Francisco.

He is also the author of 11 plays, four of which have been produced in Vermont. One play, "Hard News," was the winner of the Vermont Playwright's Award from the Valley Players in Waitsfield.

Moats attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating in 1969 with a degree in English. From 1969 to 1972 he was a Peace Corps volunteer and staff member in Afghanistan. He worked as an English teacher in an Afghan school and later became involved in an emergency famine relief project.

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, former Gov. of Vermont Madeleine Kunin, Jane Bryant Quinn of the class of 1960, and E.D. Hirsch.