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Remembering WSU President Elson Floyd And His Legacy

Jun 22, 2015
Washington State University

  Elson Floyd, the president of Washington State University, died over the weekend. He was 59 years old and had led the institution for eight years. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy.

With America’s impending withdrawal from Afghan, Pakistanis are shifting their focus from the U.S. role in the region to their own internal problems. At the top of the list, homegrown violence that continues to wrack the nation.

This port city is Pakistan’s business and media capital. It is also one of the most violent cities in the world. To give you some sense:  the crime log in the Express Tribune newspaper the other day was sub-titled “Grenade attacks and encounters.”

Courtesy of Lawrence Pintak

Sunday was World Press Freedom Day. Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU, spent the day in Pakistan, one of the most dangerous places in the world for a journalist.

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Around the world this weekend, all eyes were on Nepal. But nowhere more so than on the Indian sub-continent. Lawrence Pintak reports from Islamabad.

Courtesy of Lawrence Pintak

It’s not about you; it’s about the story. That’s what we tell journalism students. The tragic death of “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon reminds us that even in the video selfie culture of TV news, accurate reporting matters."

Bob’s death after a lifetime covering conflict comes against the backdrop of the embarrassing spectacle of a major network television anchor caught making up war stories.

Washington State University

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    What if there were a two-for-one sale on kilowatts? Your power bill would be cut in half -- not a bad result for your monthly budget.   

Washington State University

    

Here's the golden tale of, well... gold. WSU’s Rock Doc, Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, brings us up to date on a glittering rock discovered in California.

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Sandi Billings, NWPR’s Major Giving Officer, spends considerable time with generous people and regularly notices our emotional responses to philanthropy - both as giver and as receiver. Here she shares some thoughts about the giving season - and the Thanksgiving season.

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