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Boston Globe Editor at Large Walter “Robby” Robinson to discuss “Spotlight” and the future of investigative reporting

Posted Feb. 29, 2016
Photo: Actor Michael Keaton (left) played Robby Robinson (right) in the movie "Spotlight."


Boston Globe Editor at Large Walter "Robby" Robinson, a central figure in the Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight," is the speaker for the Buchheit Family Lecture on Wednesday, March 16.

The lecture, titled "Investigative Reporting: How Hollywood Came to Celebrate What Newsrooms Believe is No Longer Worth the Cost," will take place at 7 p.m. in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications auditorium.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Robinson, depicted by actor Michael Keaton in the film, will discuss "Spotlight" and its implications about the future of investigative reporting.

In conjunction with the lecture, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications will host a free screening of "Spotlight" in the Russell House Theater Monday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Robinson led the Globe’s Spotlight Team, which won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. A 1974 graduate of Northeastern University, Robinson has worked for the Globe in a variety of roles since joining in 1972. He also served as Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University for seven years.

The Buchheit Family Lecture Series was created in 2000 in honor of the late Phil Buchheit, the former president and chairman of Mid-South Management Company 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 of the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

For more information on the Buchheit Family Lecture Series, contact Rebekah Friedman at 803-777-6791 or rebekahb@mailbox.sc.edu. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is located at 800 Sumter Street.