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January 13, 2006

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WASHINGTON -- The George Washington University is pleased to announce that legendary journalist Richard C. Hottelet has accepted a two-year appointment as a GW Welling Presidential Fellow. Hottelet, a member of the vaunted "Murrow Boys" of World War II, will offer periodic lectures and participate in seminars and symposia at the University. 

"We are honored to welcome Richard C. Hottelet, a remarkable figure in the history of broadcast journalism and the coverage of World War II," said GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. "He will enrich the GW experience for students and faculty. We look forward to his participation on campus as the newest member of the University family."

In 1941, while working for United Press at the age of 23, Richard C. Hottelet became the only American reporter taken prisoner by the Nazis. He was arrested on trumped up charges of espionage and held in solitary confinement for four months before being released in a prisoner exchange. In 1944, at the age of 26, Hottelet was hired by Edward R. Morrow and became part of the team that invented broadcast journalism at CBS Radio. On June 6, 1944 he aired the first eyewitness account of the seaborne invasion of Normandy on D-Day, having flown in a bomber that attacked Utah Beach six minutes before H-Hour. He also covered the Battle of the Bulge and later parachuted to safety when the plane he was in was shot down by enemy flack. Hottelet remained with CBS News for 41 years. Today, he continues to lecture and write op-ed pieces. He is considered an expert on U.S. foreign policy, the United Nations, and freedom of the press. 

Over the past several years, Hottelet has guest lectured journalism classes at GW. He also participated in the official opening of the University's Media and Public Affairs Building in 2002 and has appeared as a panelist on GW's Kalb Report forum series at The National Press Club.

"Our students are awestruck when they realize they are speaking with one the 'Murrow Boys' who wrote the book on broadcast news," said GW Vice President and Professorial Lecturer in Journalism Michael Freedman, who collaborated with Hottelet on several projects at CBS News. "Dick is uniquely qualified to discuss journalistic excellence and the appropriate applications in today's challenging 24/7, instantaneous news environment." 
The Welling Presidential Fellowship is named after James Clark Welling, who was president of GW for most of the last quarter of the 19th century, during which time GW assumed many of the attributes of a modern research university. The Welling Presidential Fellowships, along with the Welling Professorships, bring internationally distinguished scholars to the GW campus on an occasional basis to contribute to the intellectual life of students and faculty.

Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation's capital. The University offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 120 countries.

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