January 11, 2013
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- Political satirist and comedian Mo Rocca, currently a correspondent for the television program CBS Sunday Morning, will discuss "Fake News vs. Real News: Just How Fine Is the Line?" in a live interview with Vassar senior Louise Dufresne on Tuesday, February 5, at 8:00pm, in the Students' Building second floor auditorium. This event is the college’s annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture, and is free and open to the public with seating on a first-come first-served basis.
Rocca is best known for his offbeat news reports and satirical commentary. Currently a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, Rocca is also a panelist on NPR’s weekly quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and the host and creator of the Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learns to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers across the country. Also on television, Rocca spent four seasons as a correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and for NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Rocca’s latest project, Electoral Dysfunction, is a feature-length documentary film exploring voting in America and the consequences of a constitution that doesn’t include the right to vote. Throughout he encounters a range of activists, experts, and election administrators, along with some highly opinionated third-graders, who offer commentary on how voting works -- or doesn’t work -- in America. He is also the author of All the Presidents’ Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over and a judge on the cooking show Iron Chef America.
A native of Washington, DC, Rocca earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard where he was the president of the renowned Hasty Pudding Theatricals company. He began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series Wishbone and went on to write and produce several other television series for kids.
Vassar senior Louise Dufresne is an American Culture major who interned this past summer for the Washington, DC bureau of the CBS News program Face the Nation, and later worked for CBS at the Democratic National Convention. The prior two summers Dufresne interned with CNBC, and she chairs the youth advisory board of the News Literacy Project, a nonprofit that brings professional journalists into public schools to help students sharpen their critical thinking skills. An avid writer of letters to the editor, Dufresne has published five in the New York Times. She hails from Princeton, NJ.
ABOUT THE ALEX KRIEGER ’95 MEMORIAL LECTURE
This annual lecture series is given in memory of a Vassar student, Alex Krieger, who was killed in an automobile accident during the spring of his freshman year. One of Krieger’s keenest interests was distinguished American writing that incorporates humor as a primary element. In consultation with his family, Vassar has invited outstanding American writers and humorists to deliver the annual speech, including Tom Wolfe, Wendy Wasserstein, John Irving, P. J. O’Rourke, Calvin Trillin, Jules Fieffer, Oliver Sacks, Tony Kushner, David Sedaris, Michael Chabon, Sarah Vowell, Gail Collins, Augusten Burroughs, Frank Rich, Ira Glass, and, most recently, Andy Borowitz.
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