WHYY’s Sandra Clark to Speak at Jefferson on April 5

Under Sandra Clark, WHYY won 2017 Outstanding Radio Operation from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors.

Under Sandra Clark, WHYY won 2017 Outstanding Radio Operation from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors.

Sandra Clark, vice president for news and civic dialogue at WHYY, will present the University’s annual Dietrich V. Asten Lecture on “Opening Windows, Finding Purpose” on Thursday, April 5.

Clark serves on the executive leadership team and manages all news for radio, television and digital media. Under Clark, WHYY won 2017 Outstanding Radio Operation, the top radio award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors. She also was named the 2017 Impact Award winner by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists for her commitment to mentoring and diversity.

Clark was previously managing editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Under her leadership, the Inquirer won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2014.

After seven years at the Inquirer, Clark joined the Peace Corps, serving as an education volunteer in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, a cross-cultural trainer in Cape Verde and a language specialist post service. She later worked as a micro-enterprise training consultant for Africare/Guinea-Bissau, a U.S. development agency, and as acting country representative and administrator for Africare/Mozambique. She returned to the Inquirer after six years overseas.

During her lecture, Clark will tell her story and share how her life is not at all what she imagined it would be.

Clark’s talk is presented by the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts through the Dietrich V. Asten Lecture Series Endowment, which brings prominent speakers in the humanities, sciences, arts and government to campus.

Opening Windows, Finding Purpose” is Thursday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kanbar Performance Space on East Falls Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP to solarskia@philau.edu.

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