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Morning Call Opinions Page Editor is Featured Speaker

12/17/2008 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley welcomes Glenn Kranzley, opinion pages editor and vice president at The Morning Call newspaper, as the next featured speaker in its Faculty Lecture Series.  Kranzley will present "The Role of Newspapers in the Public Square" at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, in the Atrium at the Lehigh Valley campus in Fogelsville.  

During his lecture, Kranzley will focus on how the opinion pages section of the newspaper serves the community and the purposes of democracy by enabling people to be heard and to listen to others in a civil forum.  

Glenn Kranzley is a native of Allentown, a product of the Allentown School District, and a lifelong Lehigh Valley resident. He received his degree in journalism from Penn State University in 1970. He then went to work as a reporter and editor at the former Bethlehem Globe-Times. As a reporter, he won four Pennsylvania Newspaper Association first-place awards for his investigative, environmental, and spot news stories. In 1971-1972, he was a professional fellow at The Washington Journalism Center, a program for journalists funded at the time by The Ford Foundation. He was serving as managing editor of The Globe-Times when he left and joined The Morning Call in Allentown in 1986, working on the copy and Sunday desks. He became a full-time opinion writer in 1989 and was named editor of the opinion pages in 1997. In 2004, he became a Morning Call vice president.

Since the early 1980s, he has taught all phases of journalism on the college level at Lehigh Valley schools, and since 1989 he has been a member of the adjunct faculty in journalism at Lehigh University. Kranzley is a frequent speaker in the schools and before community groups on newspapers, the First Amendment, and the future of journalism.  In October 2008, he was named Speaker of the Year by the Pennsylvania Communication Association. 

The Faculty Lecture Series at Penn State Lehigh Valley aims to enhance the academic year by inviting scholars from a variety of disciplines to share their insights with the campus and community.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the University Relations Office at 610-285-5067.

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