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Breton, Valadez will lecture at Sac State


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Sacramento State’s Serna Center is hosting two free lectures by prominent members of the media.

Marcos Bretón, a columnist for The Sacramento Bee as well as an author and radio personality, will deliver a lecture to students from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in University Union Ballroom II. A meet-and-greet with Bretón will be held from 2 to 2:45 p.m. in the Union Lobby Suite.

As a reporter for The Bee since 1989 and a columnist since 2001, Bretón has written about varied issues facing the Sacramento region, focusing on politics and sports. He also is a monthly guest on the Capital Public Radio show Insight, a daily, in-depth interview program.

The next day, Thursday, March 20, John Valadez, producer and director of award-winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for PBS and CNN, will deliver a lecture to students from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the University Union, Foothill Suite. A meet-and-greet will begin at 10 a.m. Seating is limited to 140.

Valadez received an Emmy nomination in 2010 for his film The Longoria Affair, which aired on the PBS series Independent Lens. Valadez also produced, directed and co-wrote the film The Chicano Wave as part of the PBS/BBC series Latin Music USA. The film follows the lives of south Texas musical artists who reached stardom.

Valadez currently is directing two new films for PBS: American Exile and The Head of Joaquin Murrieta.

For more information, call the Serna Center at (916) 278-4512. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Craig Koscho