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New Orleans Journalist Clancy DuBos to Discuss the Politics Behind Katrina, March 7

February 21, 2006

Clancy DuBos.JPGFebruary 21, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - New Orleans-based journalist Clancy DuBos will discuss "Hurricane Katrina: The Politics Behind the Storm" when he visits DePauw University on Tuesday, March 7. The event, presented by The Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. Lecture Series, will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media's Watson Forum, and is free and open to all.

Clancy DuBos is the chairman, editor and co-owner of Gambit Communications, Inc., and the political columnist for Gambit Weekly newspaper in New Orleans. He also is the on-air political commentator for WDSU-TV (NBC/Channel 6) in New Orleans, and a licensed attorney. DuBos and his wife Margo have owned Gambit since 1991, and he has been an attorney since 1993. Prior to 1991, Clancy DuBos was the full-time, on-air political reporter and analyst for WDSU for nearly 10 years, then at WVUE-TV (FOX 8). He worked as a political reporter for the Times-Picayune (1973-1981).

"So devastating was the impact of Hurricane Katrina, and the flood that ensued, that many of us find it difficult even to remember things that happened between January and August of this past year," DuBos wrote in the cover story of the December 27, 2005 edition of Gambit Weekly, Louisiana'shurricane katrina.jpg largest weekly newspaper. "When people bring up an event from last May, for example, many are likely to wonder aloud: Was that this year... or last? Even 2005 milestones in our own personal lives that occurred 'pre-K' seem as though they happened a decade ago. Katrina didn't just wash away our homes and offices; she scoured our individual and collective memories as well."

Two weeks prior, DuBos wrote, "One of the bright spots to emerge from Hurricane Katrina is a re-awakening of civic responsibility on the part of ordinary citizens who were never before immersed in the process. The failure of our elected leaders to adequately recognize and address the scope of the disaster has people up in arms -- only this time they're doing more than just talking about it over coffee or cocktails. Nowadays, people are enraged and engaged -- and the politicians had better watch out."

Clancy DuBos has earned news writing awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, the Louisiana Press East College 2005 4.jpgAssociation, the international Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Associated Press Association of Louisiana and Mississippi. He also has appeared on numerous network radio and television political talk shows, including Washington Week in Review, NPR, Today, and Dateline NBC.

DuBos -- "of counsel" at the law firm of Berrigan, Litchfield, Schonekas, Mann, Traina & Bolner, LLC, in New Orleans -- is a founding member of the board of directors of KIDsmart, a non-profit arts education organization serving inner-city youth in New Orleans. He is a member of the board of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, and he currently serves as chairman of the board of directors at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans. He also serves as a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Louisiana Press Association.

Endowed by Rance Crain, president of Crain Communications and a member of DePauw's Class of 1960, The Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. Lecture Series honors Mr. Crain's parents. Previous Crain Lecturers have included: Wall Street Journal reporter and 1996 DePauw graduate Aaron Lucchetti, who discussed his experiences covering Hurricane Katrina; award-winning reporter Jerry Mitchell and civil emily wax crain.jpgrights activist Rita Bender, the widow of slain civil rights worker Michael Schwerner; Adam Clymer, retired chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times; Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide; Emily Wax (seen at right), Africa Bureau Chief of the Washington Post, and her husband, Raymond Thibodeaux, who also covers the region for Cox News, Voice of America and the Boston Globe; Father Richard P. McBrien, Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and a consultant to ABC News for papal events; political analyst Charlie Cook; FactCheck.org director Brooks Jackson; veteran political columnist Jack Germond; military sociologist Charles Moskos; historian Douglas Brinkley, author of Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War; David A. Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union; and Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean's presidential campaign.

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