Kerry Eleveld, who, as Washington Correspondent for The Advocate regularly attends White House press briefings, will speak on “LGBT Equality and Obama” on October 9, 2010. The 1 p.m. event, to be held in the Minor Myers, jr. Welcome Center Auditorium, is part of the 2010 slate of Homecoming events.
Eleveld, who has covered LGBT issues since 2006, was the only reporter from an LGBT outlet to get a sit-down interview with President Obama. Eleveld has won numerous awards for her reporting, including the 2010 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association. Eleveld regularly offers insights about political developments to such news outlets as MSNBC, CNN, the Associated Press, POTUS radio, and the Michelangelo Signorile Show.
Eleveld’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion featuring political science professor Jim Simeone and journalism professor Jim Plath. The event is co-sponsored by The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Pride Alumni Community, IWU Pride Alliance, and the IWU political science department.