Host Gordon talks race,
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
politics and Trent Lott
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.