Political Analyst Juan Williams to Speak at Mercer’s Executive Forum

February 2, 2012

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037 or vanderhoek_m@mercer.edu

ATLANTA/MACON — Mercer University’s Executive Forum, presented by BB&T, will feature author, writer and FOX News political analyst Juan Williams on Feb. 21. He will speak to Executive Forum members and invited guests during a lunch presentation at the Capital City Club in Atlanta at noon and a dinner presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room of the University Center on the University’s Macon campus.

In addition to his roles as a political writer and FOX News political analyst, Williams is a regular panelist on FOX Broadcasting’s Sunday morning public affairs program, “FOX News Sunday.” He is also a regular panelist on the weekday political newscast, “Special Report,” as well as a regular substitute host for “The O’Reilly Factor.” Prior to joining FOX News full-time, he worked with National Public Radio for more than 10 years, where he served as senior national correspondent and news analyst. He originally joined FOX News Channel in 1997 as a contributor.

Williams worked for The Washington Post for 23 years where he covered every major political campaign from 1980 to 2000 as a national correspondent and a political columnist. He has interviewed numerous U.S. presidents throughout his career, including Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Additionally, Williams is the author of six books, including his non-fiction bestseller, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, and Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary. He has written numerous articles and contributed to many national magazines such as Time, Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and Ebony.

Throughout his career, Williams has received many awards and recognition for his writing and investigative journalism. He has won an Emmy Award for television documentary writing and has received recognition for his work on a series of documentaries, including “Politics: The New Black Power,” and “A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom.”

The Executive Forum is a membership organization composed of businesses, organizations and individuals. Events are by invitation only to members. For more information on membership, call (678) 547-6392 in Atlanta or (478) 301-2943 in Macon or visit www.mercer.edu/forum/membership.

About the Executive Forum, Presented by BB&T
The Executive Forum, presented by BB&T, is a business outreach program of Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, and the Office of University Advancement. The Executive Forum provides business professionals with an opportunity to hear nationally noted speakers while networking with other business leaders. For more information, call Mercer’s Office of University Advancement in Atlanta at (678) 547-6392 or in Macon at (478) 301-4169 or visit www.mercer.edu/forum.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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