CNN newsman to speak at Columbus State

CNN anchor and correspondent Martin Savidge will speak Tuesday on Columbus State University's RiverPark campus.

His presentation, "Journalism in the Age of Social and Digital Media," is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in CSU's Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 W. 10th St., and it is free and open to the public.

Savidge is an award-winning broadcast journalist with 35 years of experience in cable and network television. According to his biography on CNN's website, after earning a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University, his career began in 1980 as a news anchor and reporter for WCIA-TV in Champaign, Ill., then as the prime-time anchor for WMBD-TV in Peoria, Ill. He was a special projects reporter and news anchor for WJW-TV in Cleveland before joining CNN in 1996. He left in 2004 to work for NBC News as a correspondent based in Atlanta. Then he returned to CNN in 2011.

Major stories Savidge has reported on throughout the world include: the trials of George Zimmerman and Casey Anthony; the natural disasters of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina and a tsunami in Japan; and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Among his prestigious honors are two Headliner Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a Peabody Award, a national Emmy award, nine local Emmy awards, six Associated Press awards and two United Press International awards. The National Journalism Education Association named him its 2002 Media Person of the Year for his support of scholastic journalism.

CSU's Department of Communication is hosting Savidge's visit. The department prepares students for careers in media and public relations through civic engagement. According to its news release, the department's faculty and students have led the university in annual service-learning hours as an academic unit since 2001. The department maintains partnerships with more than 40 local organizations focusing on nonprofit, public service or city government services.

For more information about the department or Savidge's visit, call 706-507-8601.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow him on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.