University of South Carolina

MSNBC anchor to deliver USCís Buchheit lecture

Contact: Peggy Binette 803-777-5400

MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin will return to his hometown to deliver the annual Buchheit Family Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the University of South Carolina.

Titled “From ‘Craig Cam’ to MSNBC: How Technology and Viewer Tastes are Changing Broadcast News,” the lecture is set for 7 p.m. in Gambrell Hall auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Melvin, 32, a former anchor at WIS-TV, gained recognition for his news reports on some of the Midlands’ most pressing issues, including homelessness and gang violence, and earned high praise for his coverage of a dangerous prison hostage standoff. He earned an Emmy Award for his reporting and was named “best anchor” by the S.C. Broadcasters Association.

In 2008 he joined WRC-TV, NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Washington, D.C., as an anchor and reporter. Since July, he has been an anchor for MSNBC in July and a news correspondent for NBC News. He is a graduate of Columbia High School and Wofford College.

The Buchheit Family Lecture Series was created in 2000 to honor the late Phil Buchheit, the former president and chairman of Mid-South Management Co. and the former publisher of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. The series is sponsored by the Buchheit Family Endowment, which provides undergraduate scholarships and graduate and doctoral fellowships to students in USC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The Buchheit Family Lecture Series is a highlight of I-Comm Week, an annual observance by the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies that features lectures and special events for students, faculty and staff and alumni of the college.

For more information on the Buchheit Lecture, contact Elaine Taylor at 803-777-7118 or

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Posted: 09/22/11 @ 5:25 PM | Updated: 10/13/11 @ 1:19 PM | Permalink