UNH Announces New Visiting
Oct. 28 lecture features medical writer
for the Wall Street Journal
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 14, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – The newly established Donald Murray Visiting
Journalist Program at the University of New Hampshire will host
its first visiting journalist the week of Oct. 25, 2004. As part
of his week-long residency on campus, Ron Winslow, senior medical
writer for the Wall Street Journal and a 1971 graduate of UNH’s
journalism program, will give a public talk at 2 p.m. Thursday,
Oct. 28, in the Memorial Union Building, Theater II. His lecture,
The Bleeding Edge: A Journalist’s Perspective on the Health
Care Wars, is free and open to the public.
A reporter with the Wall Street Journal since 1983, Winslow has
written more than 1,000 articles describing new medical and health
care research and chronicling the forces of economics and innovation
that are transforming the U.S. health care system. He is also deputy
editor of the paper’s health and science coverage. Winslow
has received awards for his work from the American Heart Association,
the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and other groups.
A recent gift from The McLean Contributionship on behalf of The
Telegraph of Nashua established an endowment for The Donald Murray
Visiting Journalist Program. The program will bring accomplished
alumni journalists back to campus for week-long residencies to work
with students and faculty, give guest lectures in journalism classes
and consult with staff of the student newspaper, The New Hampshire.
It is named in honor of Donald Murray, a Pulitzer Prize-winning
writer who started the UNH journalism program in 1963. A columnist
for the Boston Globe, Murray has written numerous books on writing
and teaching writing, as well as poetry, novels and memoirs.
Terry Williams, a 1980 graduate of UNH’s journalism program
and publisher of The Telegraph, was instrumental in helping to establish
the visiting journalist program so students could benefit from the
expertise of the hundreds of alumni who have graduated from the
journalism program over the last 40 years. Williams took his first
journalism course from Winslow, who taught at UNH from 1978-1983,
and credits Winslow with sparking his interest in journalism.