Mo Rocca talks satire and politics for the Glickman Lecture Series

9:00:43 AM CDT - Saturday, October 09, 2004

By Carmen Hytche

Geeky, factoid-loving television personality Mo Rocca is a frequent commentator for CNN, Headline News and a regular panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" Later this month, Rocca will be the featured speaker for the Milton and Gladys Glickman Lecture Series.

Known for his wacky, tongue-in-cheek news reports and hilarious commentary, Rocca is also a current contributor to NBC's "Today" show and host of Bravo's "Things I Hate About You." He is also regularly seen on VH1's "Best Week Ever" pop culture roundup and on the series "I Love the 70s," "I Love the 80s" and "I Love the 90s."

Mo RoccaRocca was a correspondent for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart for Indecision 2000. The show's coverage of the 2000 presidential race garnered a Peabody Award.

His new book, "All the Presidents' Pets," is a satirical investigative journalism that blows the lid off a long-held secret in Washington: The presidents' pets are more than just photo ops. The book has been called equal parts "All the President's Men," "Dutch" and "Charlotte's Web."

At the podium, Rocca delivers his uniquely informed commentary on current news events and the coverage of them by the "mainstream media," and takes audiences behind the scenes of America's most popular news satire program with never-before-seen clips from "The Daily Show" and his other television appearances.

The Mo Rocca presentation will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Lowe Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

For more information visit www.wichita.edu/glickmanlecture.

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