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WUGA-TV to feature interviews with columnist Cynthia Tucker, adventurer Francis Slakey

Alan Flurry

Athens, Ga. – Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Cynthia Tucker and Georgetown University lecturer and adventurer Francis Slakey will be guests on upcoming episodes of “Unscripted with Alan Flurry,” which will begin airing on the University of Georgia’s WUGA-TV Monday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Tucker served as the editorial page editor of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution for 17 years before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to become the paper’s political columnist. In 2011, she became a visiting professor of journalism and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

A MacArthur Scholar and member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Slakey is the Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy and the co-director of the Program on Science in the Public Interest at Georgetown University. Slakey is the first person in history to both climb the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean. He became the 28th American to summit Mt. Everest in an unguided expedition that was the subject of the movie “Beyond the Summit.” He is the author of the best-selling adventure memoir, “To The Last Breath.”

Alan Flurry is director of communications for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. A 30-minute interview show featuring distinguished guests to UGA filmed at a variety of campus locations, “Unscripted with Alan Flurry” launched in the fall of 2012.

“Our schools and colleges provide a great service to the campus community by sponsoring lectures and other events that bring a variety of guests to campus, and the show allows us to share those guests with a much wider audience,” Flurry said. “Cynthia Tucker is a legendary journalist now engaged in teaching a new generation of opinion writers. Francis Slakey’s experiences as an adventurer remind us of the importance of seeking out new challenges, wherever they might lay.”

The episode will air through April 1 at 4:30 p.m. WUGA-TV is available in North Georgia and western portions of North Carolina and South Carolina.

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