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Journalist, writer James Fallows to deliver 2023 Joe Creason Lecture

James Fallows
James Fallows. Photo credit, Dale Robbins

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2023) — Nationally prominent writer, editor and broadcast commentator James Fallows is scheduled to deliver the Joe Creason Lecture, held by the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media, on Friday, March 31 at 6 p.m. in the Gatton Student Center.

An author of 12 books, Fallows’ most recent release, Our Towns, co-authored with his wife Deborah Fallows, not only became a national bestseller, but was made into a documentary film for HBO in 2021. He received the American Book Award for his 1981 book National Defense, and the National Magazine Award for his 2002 article “The Fifty-First State” in The Atlantic, which warned against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award several times.

Throughout his career with The Atlantic, other magazines and as an NPR contributor, Fallows has reported from China, Japan, Malaysia, Europe as well as Texas, California,and Washington state in addition to his home base of Washington, D.C. He holds degrees in American history and literature from Harvard, where he was editor of the college newspaper, and in economics from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar. While still in his 20s, he served as chief White House speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter.

The Joe Creason Lecture Series honors the memory of outstanding Kentucky journalist and honored alumnus Joe Creason. Made possible through a matching grant from the Bingham Enterprises Foundation of Kentucky and gifts donated by UK alumni and friends, the Joe Creason Lecture Series Fund was established in 1975.

This year’s event combines the Creason Lecture with the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame induction of five journalists who have made significant contributions to the profession of journalism.

Seating is limited. Members of the UK community and public may RSVP by 4 p.m. Friday, March 24, by calling the UK School of Journalism and Media at (859) 257-3904 or emailing

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