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KNOXVILLE — Richard Harris, award-winning science correspondent for National Public Radio, will give the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, in the Shiloh Room of the University Center.

Harris will speak on “Covering Climate Change in a Changing Media Climate.”  The program is free and open to the public.

For the past 24 years, Harris has visited every continent, reporting from Timbuktu, the South Pole, the Amazon rain forest, Siberia and Haiti. His stories — about science, technology and medicine — have won many awards, including two from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, the American Medical Writers Association, and the National Association of Science Writers.

A California native, Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with highest honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  He now lives in Washington, D.C., where he commutes to work at NPR by bicycle, logging more than 2,500 miles a year.

The Hill Lecture series brings distinguished science journalists to campus to share their thoughts on science, society, and the mass media.

The lectures are made possible by an endowment created by Tom Hill and Mary Frances Hill Holton in honor of their parents, Alfred and Julia Hill, founders of The Oak Ridger.  The Hill family’s endowment of the lecture series was a gift to the UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information.

The University Center, site of Richard Harris’ Hill Lecture, is at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and Phillip Fulmer Way.  Paid parking is available in the garage on Phillip Fulmer Way next to the University Center.  Refreshments will be served before and after the lecture.

C O N T A C T :

Mark Littmann (865-974-8156, littmann@utk.edu)

Jay Mayfield (865-974-9409, jay.mayfield@tennessee.edu)