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News from URI's Graduate School of Oceanography...

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist to Speak
at URI Metcalf Institute Public Lecture

Narragansett, R.I. -- February 9, 2001 -- The URI Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting will present a free public lecture by Robert B. Semple, Jr., New York Times Associate Editor of the editorial page. The lecture, "Environmental Policy: Will Bush Dismantle What Clinton Built?" will be held on Sunday, February 25, at 2 p.m. in the Coastal Institute Auditorium, URI Bay Campus, Narragansett.

Semple will talk about Bill Clinton’s environmental legacy and where that legacy is most vulnerable to President Bush and where he can build on it. Semple will describe the political landscape and environmental tone of Washington in the last eight years and what he expects from the next four years.

Both an editor and writer on The Times editorial page, Semple won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1996 for his work on environmental issues and national politics. He began his career at The Times in 1963 as a general assignment reporter in the Washington, D.C., bureau and became a political reporter and White House correspondent during the Nixon administration.

Semple was appointed deputy national editor, London bureau chief, and foreign editor during the 1970s. He served as editor of the Op-Ed page before being named associate editor of the Times editorial page in 1988. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has lectured extensively on domestic and foreign policy and the role of the press in shaping the news.

The Metcalf Institute was established in 1997 with an endowment from the foundations of three news organizations: A.H. Belo Corporation, owner of the Dallas Morning News and parent company of The Providence Journal, The Providence Journal Company, and the Philip Graham Fund, the foundation of The Washington Post. Additional funding was provided by the Telaka Foundation. The institute was established with the intent of helping journalists become better informed about science and research and to strengthen communication between journalists and scientists.

For more information, call The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at 874-6211 or visit the website at

Contact: Lisa Cugini, 874-6642,

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