Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting CBS News President David Rhodes at The Fletcher School as part of a program with our Murrow Center for a Digital World. Rhodes is a luminary in his field, having become the youngest network news president in U.S. history in 2011 and has received countless accolades. Aside from his genuine intelligence and easy-going nature, what struck me most about David was his commitment to preserving truth in journalism, particularly at a time when we need it most. With the emergence of “fake news” – with a spotlight being shone on this in light of the recent election – and the pressure of adding less substantive material to traditional news programming, David shared that CBS remains focused on serious news.
I was also pleased to welcome dear friends Harry and Tena Radliffe, family members of the late 60 Minutes producer Harry Radliffe II, in whose honor the family and CBS established the Harry A. Radliffe II/CBS Scholarship in 2015. We’re proud to award this scholarship to students who have demonstrated a commitment to making the world a better place and who exhibit key critical thinking skills and courage that would allow them to challenge conventional thinking or speak truth to power in the spirit of Edward R. Murrow.
You can watch David’s address to the Fletcher community below.
In other news, we experienced our first real snowstorm of the winter season this Thursday. While our campus shut down as the snow fell the entire day and into the evening, our Admissions team was busy reading applications for our next entering class this Fall. Many of us were snowbound – you’ll see I was no exception!
As always, thanks for reading.
Dean Stavridis with his basset hound, Lilly.
Dean James Stavridis is the 12th leader of The Fletcher School since its founding in 1933. A retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander.
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