The Peabody Awards will present its second annual Peabody-Smithgall Lecture at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Chapel. Georgia native and UGA alumna Pat Mitchell, a former president of PBS and current president/CEO of the Paley Center for Media in New York and Los Angeles, will discuss “Media as Public Square.” The lecture is open free to the public.
Mitchell went from network correspondent to television executive to being the first woman president/CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service. Her work has won multiple national and international awards. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and included on Hollywood’s Most Powerful Women list.
The Peabody-Smithgall Lecture honors Lessie Bailey Smithgall and her late husband, Charles Smithgall. In 2003, the Smithgalls endowed the Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys, now held by Horace Newcomb. The Peabody-Smithgall Lecture is supported with funds from the Lambdin Kay Chair.