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January 15, 2003

BET Host Gordon talks race,
politics and Trent Lott

Photo: BET host Ed Gordon Black Entertainment Television anchor Ed Gordon, who grabbed the national spotlight for last month's no-holds-barred interview with then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, comes to California State University, Sacramento at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30. Gordon, the host of the network's "BET Tonight" program will speak on "The National Political Agenda and the Community of Color" in the University Union Ballroom.

Lott was only the latest high-profile guest to sit down with the award-winning Gordon during his journalistic career, which has also featured stints at NBC and MSNBC. Gordon has interviewed a number of key figures from the world of politics - Nelson Mandella, Bill Clinton, former President George Bush, Al Sharpton and Newt Gingrich - as well as such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Maya Angelou and Arthur Ashe. In 1996, he garnered praise from the Los Angeles Times for his handling of a controversial interview with O.J. Simpson after his acquittal on murder charges.

Gordon has received numerous awards including an Emmy and a Communication Excellence to Black Audiences Award for Merit, Distinction and Excellence. He received both the Award of Excellence and the Outstanding Journalistic Endeavor award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

Tickets for the event are $12 general and $7 for CSUS students. They are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or at tickets.com at (916) 766-2277.

Media assistance is available by calling the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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