An Evening with Norah O’Donnell of “CBS This Morning,” Oct. 23

(From Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University):

Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University is hosting a signature event, the Flinn Foundation Centennial Lecture, on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Norah O’Donnell, CBS This Morning anchor/co-host, is the featured speaker. The event is free and open to the public. You are welcome to attend and bring guests. Please share this invitation with your colleagues and anyone else who may be interested.

Information is below and here is a link to the ticket registration page:

Members elect 2015-2016 Valley of the Sun SPJ officers

Amanda Ventura, associate editor at AZ Big Media in Phoenix, was elected president of

Amanda Ventura, 2015-2016 president, Valley of the Sun pro chapter, Society of Professional Journalists

Amanda Ventura, 2015-2016 president, Valley of the Sun pro chapter, Society of Professional Journalists

the Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists by fellow chapter members in elections held June 24.

Ventura, who had served the previous year as vice president, officially takes office July 1 along with three other officers.

Like Ventura, the three other officers were elected by acclamation at the chapter’s annual meeting at SunUp Brewing Co. & Brewhouse in uptown Phoenix:

  • The new vice president is Perri Collins, content producer, W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Collins is winding up three terms as chapter president.
  • Secretary Debra Krol, senior communications manager, Heard Museum, was re-elected.
  • Teri Carnicelli, editor, North Central News and a former chapter president as well as former SPJ Region 11 director, was re-elected as chapter treasurer.

Former CBS Corredspondent Ben Silver Dies at 85

Former CBS news correspondent and Arizona State University journalism professor Ben Silver has died. He was 85.

The university says he died Wednesday from complications of Parkinson’s disease at his home in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Silver was a CBS national correspondent in the 1960s and covered race riots, school integration and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s accident at Chappaquiddick.

Silver worked at WCKT-TV in Miami from 1957 to 1966, reporting from the Soviet Union and Latin America. He won a Peabody Award in 1960 for his coverage of Latin America.

He began teaching at ASU in 1972 and continued to file CBS reports for several years. He retired in 1990.

He is survived by his wife, six children and 11 grandchildren. Services will be held Sunday in Minneapolis.