Nick Clooney to be featured speaker at the College of Mount St. Joseph

By: Jill Eichhorn

File Under: college theatre, community, dan mader, freshman author, nick clooney

Nick Clooney, longtime journalist and Cincinnati native, will be the featured speaker at the College of Mount St. Joseph’s College Theatre on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.  The lecture is free and open to the community.  Clooney is speaking as part of the Mount’s Freshman Author Series. He has also been a commencement speaker at the Mount and was awarded an honorary degree in 2008.

Each year, incoming freshmen at the Mount are required to read a novel or screenplay over the summer to discuss in their first semester seminar.  This year’s selection, “Good Night and Good Luck,” was a screenplay written by George Clooney, Nick’s son, and Grant Heslov and explored the conflict between journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy during the early years of broadcast journalism.  The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards.

Clooney will speak in the morning and afternoon to students on a wide array of topics including the history of broadcast journalism, broadcast ethics, the 1953 McCarthy hearings and his thoughts on the current journalism. 

“We are honored to have Mr. Clooney as this year’s speaker for our Freshman Author Series,” said Dan Mader, Ph.D., IDS core curriculum director at the Mount.  “His roots in the Cincinnati area, coupled with his world reputation as a print and television news reporter, make him an outstanding lens through which our students can study and consider the impact of Edward R. Murrow on ethical news reporting.  Nick also has marvelously informed perspective on the connection between issues of freedom and association that are both part of the McCarthy Hearings of the early 1950s and today with the current, continuing Arab Spring.”

Clooney began working in radio full-time when he was 17 years old in his hometown of Maysville, Ken.  He was a television anchor, reporter, managing editor, and news director in Lexington, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, and Los Angeles.  He was also a columnist for 18 years for the Cincinnati and Kentucky Post.  Clooney has published three books, including “The Movies That Changed Us.”  He has accumulated numerous awards and honors over the years including an Emmy for commentary and three Emmy nominations for his work on American Movie Classics.  This year, he was named a “Great Living Cincinnatian” by the Greater Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce.  He lives with his wife, Nina, in Augusta, Ken.  They have two children and two grandchildren.

Last year’s Freshman Author speaker was Markus Zusak, best-selling author of “The Book Thief.”

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.