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Monica Langley

Monica Langley, senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal, will deliver the commencement address for the College of Communication and Information (CCI).

Langley will address the college’s more than 300 graduates and their families at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, in Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena.

Monica Langley“As one of the top journalists of her generation, Monica Langley has interviewed many of the richest and most powerful people in the world,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “Her remarkable career has been characterized by honesty, integrity, and an extraordinary ability to both get and tell the story. We are very fortunate to have Ms. Langley as our commencement speaker and know that the wisdom and advice she shares will provide our graduates with an inspirational send-off as they leave UT to pursue professional careers.”

Langley was managing editor of the Daily Beacon while at UT. She graduated in 1980 with highest honors in journalism and was named a Torchbearer.

Langley, who has worked at the Journal for twenty-five years, is the newspaper’s preeminent writer of the page-one profile, particularly of CEOs, billionaires, presidential candidates, and key newsmakers. She also provides behind-the-scenes narratives of corporate dramas and breaks exclusive news about high-profile companies such as General Motors, Boeing, and JP Morgan Chase.

An honors graduate of Georgetown University’s law school, Langley has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University and of First Amendment law at Georgetown University Law Center. Also a member of the bars of the US Supreme Court, District of Columbia, and Tennessee, she was a corporate lawyer for several years.

She is the author of Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World… and Then Nearly Lost It All, a best seller about the CEO of Citigroup.

In 2002, Langley received the College of Communication and Information’s highest honor, the Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2009, New York Women in Communications presented her with a Matrix Award, recognizing her as one of the nation’s most exceptional women in media and the arts.

Video of Langley’s address will be archived here.


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