ESPN reporter Lester Munson to speak at Carthage in March
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ESPN reporter Lester Munson, who has spent nearly a quarter-century covering the darker side of sports, will speak at Carthage twice in March.
First, he will give a public presentation titled “Sports, Money, and Power” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the Tarble Arena. The event is free to attend and open to the public.
At noon Wednesday, March 12, he will speak at a private luncheon of the Carthage Business and Professional Coalition. During his three-day stay as a Johnson Distinguished Visitor, when he also will speak to Carthage classes, Mr. Munson plans to address these topics:
- the treatment and compensation of college athletes, including efforts by Northwestern University football players to form a union
- the Olympics
- the wider economic dimensions of professional sports
Mr. Munson is a writer and reporter at ESPN.com and ESPN who specializes in legal affairs and investigations. For 24 years, he has reported on money, celebrity, violence, sex, drugs, race, gender, greed, litigation, court decisions, and government actions in the sports industry.
His recent assignments include the concussion crisis in the National Football League; attempts to reform the NCAA, including the Northwestern Unionization effort; the federal investigation of Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns; the Penn State scandals; the National Hockey League lockout; and the performance-enhancing drug investigations of Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Lance Armstrong.
From 1991 to 2007, he was on the staff of Sports Illustrated. Mr. Munson appears frequently on National Public Radio and WTTW, the Chicago PBS affiliate. He has received several awards in journalism, and his work has appeared in the “Best American Sportswriting” series.
He is an adjunct instructor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School. His wife, Judith, is the executive director of the International Collaborative for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and has devoted her legal career to public health issues. The couple lives in Chicago.
Business and Professional Coalition members who would like to attend the March 12 private luncheon in the Todd Wehr Center should register by March 4. RSVP to 262-551-2137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The coalition comprises the leading business, civic, professional, and governmental leaders in southeastern Wisconsin. To become a member, or to obtain more information, please contact Paul Hegland at email@example.com or 262-551-5708.