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Stukes Lecture set for March 1

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Mark Bauman (pictured) is slated to present the annual Stukes Lecture at Erskine College Wednesday, March 1, at 3 p.m. in the Founders Room of Moffatt Dining Hall. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

This year’s event will take place in an interview format, with an opportunity for audience members to ask questions following the interview. “We plan to discuss journalism in war zones as well as the war in Ukraine,” says McDonald-Boswell Assistant Professor of History Dr. John Harris.

Bauman has been honored for his print journalism, broadcasting, and digital work. He has received an Emmy Award; more than a dozen CINE Golden Eagle Awards, which honor originality and storytelling; half a dozen Webbys, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences; and various film festival awards.

In 2021, Bauman launched Grid News, which has been widely quoted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other global news outlets.

Prior to his founding of Grid News, he oversaw the Smithsonian Institution’s commercial media, including Smithsonian and Air & Space magazines, Smithsonian Books,, and the Smithsonian Channel partnership with Showtime.

Bauman also served as executive vice president of National Geographic Television, where he oversaw more than 400 hours of programming, and National Geographic’s Digital Studio, which tripled the National Geographic Society’s YouTube traffic.

Prior to his work with National Geographic, Bauman was based in Eastern Europe and Latin America for ABC News. Fluent in Czech, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, he lived in Moscow for six years; has worked in all the former republics of the Soviet Union; and has covered war and genocide in Central Africa, Lebanon, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq for leading broadcast and print media outlets.

He serves on several NGO boards, including the Marine Fish Conservation Network and the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE).

The Joseph T. Stukes Lecture Series brings a distinguished lecturer in history to Erskine College each year. The fund was established by students and colleagues of Stukes, who served as professor of history (1966-74) and vice president for academic affairs (1966-71) at Erskine College. He died in 2016.

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