AP chief editor of investigations to highlight Nov. 6 Six@Six lecture

For immediate release…
Monday – Nov. 3, 2014


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. –
Richard T. Pienciak, national investigative editor for The Associated Press (AP), will be at Northern Kentucky University on Nov. 6 to share an insider’s view of how some of the news agency’s most important stories were reported and written.

“This is a trying time for investigative journalism as media resources are squeezed, including in our own community. Traditional newsrooms are losing staff even as new media tries to find its financial footing,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, which is hosting Mr. Pienciak’s talk as part of NKU’s popular Six@Six Lecture series.

“Yet even in this period of transition, the AP has kept its eye on investigative stories, producing clearly written and important stories. Richard has led the team of accomplished journalists who are doing this important work.”

Mr. Pienciak will deliver the Six@Six Lecture from 6-7:30 p.m. at the George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium in Griffin Hall, which houses the NKU College of Informatics. Admission is $6. Students can attend for free. Parking is available in the nearby Kenton Garage.

In his lecture, “Beyond the Breaking News,” Mr. Pienciak will talk about how some of AP’s groundbreaking projects were produced. The AP investigative team has uncovered the dangers of aging nuclear power plants, examined contamination drinking water by pharmaceuticals, and explored the New York Police Department’s spying on Muslims.

For more information and to order tickets, visit sixatsix.nku.edu or contact Heather Schaffner at (859) 572-1448 at the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement.

Six@Six is sponsored by the Center in partnership with six community venues, the Mercantile Library, the Behringer-Crawford Museum, the Carnegie Center, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Baker Hunt Foundation, and the Campbell County Public Library. Other lectures during the 12-event season feature NKU faculty and students.

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