Broadcaster Jaco to deliver Johnston Lecture at UO-Portland

Charles Jaco
Charles Jaco

Veteran broadcaster Charles Jaco – who has covered wars, natural disasters and politics for NBC, CNN, CBS and Fox – will visit the University of Oregon-Portland on April 25 to present the School of Journalism and Communication's annual Johnston Lecture.

Jaco is a Peabody-award winning television reporter, author and former talk show host. He will present the “Voice, Sound and Story: The Role of the Radio Storyteller,” at 5:30 p.m. in Events Room 142/144 at the UO-Portland's White Stag Block, 70 N.W. Couch St.

A reception will be held immediately following the Johnston Lecture.

Jaco  has won two Edward R. Murrow awards, six National Headliner awards and several other national and international journalism honors. Two programs on which he worked received the George Foster Peabody Award.

In 2012, Jaco’s television interview with then-U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin gained national attention regarding Akin’s statement about “legitimate rape.” Following Jaco’s interview and widespread interest in the comment, Akin lost the election.

Jaco is the author of two novels as well as “A Guide to the History of Gulf War I” and “A Guide to the Politics of Oil.” As a television reporter, he covered several conflicts including the Salvadoran civil war in 1988, the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989, the first Gulf War in 1991, and the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.  

To RSVP to the free lecture, visit the SOJC website. The lecture will also be streamed on the SOJC website.

- from the UO School of Journalism and Communication