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URI web chat to feature author, CBS News Producer Mary Jane Clark, July 20

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- July 14, 2005 -- For an insider’s view of network television news, the University of Rhode Island is providing the opportunity for the public to ‘chat’ online with alumnus Mary Jane Behrends Clark, media-thriller novelist and CBS news producer.

On Wednesday, July 20 at 1 p.m., Clark will participate in the University’s monthly web chat, a service of the URI Division of University Advancement electronic communications program. The online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

Clark, a producer at CBS News, is a best-selling author of media-thriller fiction. Since her first novel in 1998, she has won kudos for transforming her television news experience into action and intrigue in seven books. Booklist said: "Clark has perfected the suspense novel, where in classic Christie fashion everyone is a potential suspect." Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather calls Clark "one of the most exciting novelists in America".

Clark graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1976 with degrees in journalism and political science, and was a recipient of a 2005 URI Alumni Achievement Award. Her seventh book, Hide Yourself Away, is set in Newport, R.I. Her eighth, Dancing in the Dark, will be released later this month.

To enter the chat, go to for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the online chat. A full transcript will be posted to the University’s website at the end. If you have questions about web chats, please contact the URI Alumni Office at 401-874-4962.

The online chats, which began in September 2004, have featured question and answer sessions with such alumni as Tom Mulligan, Los Angeles Times Correspondent discussing The Iraq Factor: A View From the Streets of Baghdad; Ross Kauffman, filmmaker and 2005 Academy Award winner talking about the making of "Born into Brothels”; and marine explorer Robert Ballard discussing archaeological oceanography. URI administrators and faculty, including President Robert L. Carothers, College of Nursing Dean Dayle Joseph, and Women’s Basketball Coach Tom Garrick have also participated in chats.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the web site.