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Tom Brokaw and Chronicling the Greatest Generation

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With support from: Lowell Institute
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Friday, May 20, 2005

Tom Brokaw discusses his chronicling of

Juan Williams, one of America's leading journalists, is a news analyst, appearing regularly on *Morning Edition* and *Day to Day*. Knowledgeable and charismatic, Williams brings insight and depth hallmarks of NPR programs to a wide spectrum of issues and ideas. A graduate of Haverford College, Williams received a B.A. in philosophy in 1976. Currently, he sits on a number of boards, including the Haverford College Board of Trustees, the Aspen Institute of Communications and Society Program, Washington Journalism Center and the New York Civil Rights Coalition. Williams is the author of the critically acclaimed biography *Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary*, which was released in paperback in 2000. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestseller *Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years*, 1954-1965, the companion volume to the critically acclaimed television series. *This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience* appeared in 2003. This book was the basis for a six-part public broadcasting TV documentary that aired in June 2003. In his 2006 book, *Enough*, Williams makes the case that while there is still racism, it is way past time for black Americans to open their eyes to the "culture of failure" that exists within their community. During his 21-year career at *The Washington Post*, Williams served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, and White House reporter. He has won an Emmy award for TV documentary writing and won widespread critical acclaim for a series of documentaries including *Politics - The New Black Power*. Articles by Williams have appeared in magazines ranging from *Newsweek*, *Fortune*, and *The Atlantic Monthly* to *Ebony*, *Gentlemen's Quarterly*, and *The New Republic*.
Deborah Leff is president of the Public Welfare Foundation, a half-billion dollar philanthropy based in Washington, DC that is dedicated to ensuring fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. From 2001-2006, Ms. Leff was director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. She has held a variety of leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors including CEO of Feeding America (formerly known as America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization, and president of the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation. Ms. Leff was Senior Producer at *ABC News Nightline*, *ABC News World News Tonight*, and *ABC News 20/20* from 1983 to 1992, where she won DuPont and Emmy Awards for news coverage such as a week-long *World News Tonight* series. Ms. Leff has also held several positions with the federal government, including Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice and Director of Public Affairs at the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Leff received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, where she was named a University Scholar. She earned her JD from the University of Chicago Law School.