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Fall 2011 Univ ersit y Libraries' Ne wsletter Broadcast news insights NPR's Don Gonyea visits students, speaks to Libraries' Friends It wasn't enough that Don Gonyea was on CMU's Mount Pleasant campus in May to serve as keynote speaker for the annual CMU Friends of the Libraries Luncheon. The National Public Radio political correspondent agreed to make time in his schedule to meet in the WCMU studios with CMU broadcast journalism students working and completing internships at the university's public broadcasting headquarters. Gonyea, a Michigan native, started at NPR in 1986. His storied career as a national correspondent includes reporting from the White House the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as covering the Bush administration's prosecution of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. "I love any chance I get to come to a university and talk to students, especially as we had here: students who have the journalism bug and who have the public radio bug, to see students who are kind of rolling around in their heads how they might make their way in this profession." " Gonyea says. "I think it's fabulous One such student was Patricia Emenpour, the 2007 Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship recipient, who was completing her student employment at WCMU when Gonyea visited. "Every time I come across a journalist as famous as Don Gonyea, it's kind of surreal, " says Emenpour, who now is enrolled as a CMU graduate student. "Just listening to him talk you can tell he really cares about what he does. " In addition to off ering students valuable insights into the broadcasting profession, Gonyea's visit provided even more to John Ketchum. The broadcasting senior was preparing for his internship over the summer at NPR in Washington, D.C. "For them to give me the opportunity to actually speak with him, that was very humbling, being able to do my internship at NPR this summer and having him telling me some of the insider stuff about the headquarters, it made me feel a lot more comfortable going into my internship experiences there. " Ketchum says. "Then with me " More than 100 people attended the annual CMU Friends of the Libraries Luncheon May 14 to hear and meet Gonyea. It was the largest turnout ever for this event, which thanks library donors. • Volume 7, Issue 2

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