November 14, 2001

Sarah Ray



Posted: November 14, 2001

- 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

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

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

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.