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"Fake News" Lecture Presentation to be Held April 4

Fake News...Alternative Facts…

These words and concepts are in the forefront of newsrooms and around the country at large. How much truth is being said? Where is the verification process among the trendy words? How much fact-checking is necessary? And when the real facts are found and stated, who is listening/reading?

Two seasoned newsmen will be at the Sandra & Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering at SUNY Orange on Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. to talk and discuss these headliners in the news. This event on "Fake News" is free and open to the public.

Award-winning and longtime writer/columnist/editor Steve Israel retired in March 2016 from the daily workings of the Times Herald-Record [TH-R] after a career of nearly 30 years. He covered such landmark events as Barack Obama’s first inauguration, Pope Francis’ visit to New York City, and Donald Trump’s failed attempt to block a Monticello casino. His nationally recognized investigative work included several stories that uncovered the abuse of pedophile priests.

He has also interviewed many, many people over the years including notables Hillary Clinton and James Brown. Now a freelance columnist and writer for the THR and a contributor to other publications, he still loves writing about the people and issues of the Hudson Valley/Catskills. Because of his skilled writing, he can “pull” a reader through a column even on a subject about which the reader has little to no interest. Israel graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a BA in English. He is also a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and a founder of the Mike Levine Writers Workshop.

Barry Lewis has been the executive editor for the Times Herald-Record since mid-2014, in which he is responsible for all newsroom and online media operations. He worked as an editor at several newspapers in New York and Connecticut before joining the THR in 1999. He began his award-winning weekly column in 2000 and is the author of “From Brooklyn to Bucolic,” a collection of those columns – “as result of which his family no longer speaks to him,” he comments. Barry was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and summered in the Catskills. He graduated from Liberty High School, received his AAS in broadcasting from Herkimer County Community College and his BA in communications from Marist College.

Both men are residents of Sullivan County.

Each speaker will make a presentation. Then, questions on the topic at hand will be discussed. The moderator will be Alex Jakubowski, professor of English who teaches a course in Journalism and Mass Media which emphasizes the principles and the responsibilities that newspapers, radio, and television share in conveying information. Jakubowski holds a BA from SUNY Oswego and an MA from SUNY Binghamton. He has taught at SUNY Orange for 24 years.

The Rowley Center is located across the street from the parking garage at 10 East Conkling Avenue on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange, just a quick walk from several college parking lots. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs