Anderson-Ashby Lectureship on Public Policy Journalism

Laird B. Anderson, with the support of his wife Florence Ashby, endowed this lecture series to give students, faculty, and the public access to insights on the relationships between public policy and journalism.

Since its birth in the fall of 2005, the lecture series has hosted such distinguished speakers as Joseph Galloway, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once…and Young; Kenneth Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News and World Report; Nick Kotz, author of Judgment Days; and Lynne Olson, author of Troublesome Young Men.

The journalists who give their time to speak do not simply lecture but further engage smaller groups of students and faculty members in discussions in classes and over lunch. By sharing their experiences with the FSU community, speakers provide students with tangible examples of how journalism has impacted public policy.

Supporting Anderson’s philosophy that “all public policy issues, national and international, should not be controlled but enhanced by journalism—the environment, politics, war, all of it,” this lectureship looks toward the future of journalism as it continues his mission of educating students about the fundamental importance of public policy journalism.