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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Paula F. Casey, University of Tennessee alumna, women’s issues advocate and freelance writer, will be the speaker at UT-Knoxville’s fall commencement at 9 a.m., Dec. 16, in the Thompson-Boling Arena.

Casey was 1994 spokesperson for the Clinton health care plan in Tennessee. She provided training and briefings on an array of legislative proposals, issues and solutions in the health care debate.

She is founder and president of VOTE 70 Inc., begun in 1989 to inform the public of Tennessee’s role in granting women the right to vote. She produced a nationally distributed videotape on women’s suffrage which is included in the Smithsonian Institution’s political reference files.

Casey was the originator of legislation and president of the state commission which oversaw the 75th anniversary celebration of women’s suffrage. She has also worked with the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Women’s History Project.

For 14 years, Casey has been a board member of the National Federation of Press Women. The March 1995 issue of Memphis magazine included her in a feature article, “Women You Need To Know.”

Casey, now a small-business owner, has worked at various newspapers in Tennessee. She was editor of the weekly Donelson News-Diary and features editor at the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle. She also edited at the Memphis Commercial Appeal and The Jackson Sun.

Casey received a bachelor’s degree in communications from UT-Knoxville in 1975.

Contact: Jacqueline Woodfin (423-974-3288)