Ingram Lecture Series

About the Series

The Robert Ingram Lecture Series in Mass Communication honors one of Alabama's distinguished political analysts and journalists. As editorial director and political analyst for WSFA-TV and syndicated columnist for 31 Alabama newspapers, Ingram brought insight and understanding to Alabama politics through half a century of political turbulence and rapid change.

This lecture series, through the Ingram Endowment, enables Auburn University at Montgomery to bring to central Alabama nationally acclaimed mass communication professionals and scholars. It was originated in 1988 by Dr. George Grice, then head of the Department of Communication.

Past Speakers in the Series

2010: Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer Warren Lerude is a journalism professor emeritus at his alma mater, the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada. 
2009: Diana Sugg a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun and won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 2003 for a collection of stories that delved into the primitive nature of modern medicine.
2008: Paul McTear, president and CEO of Raycom Media, Inc.
2007: Brett J. Blackledge, Reporter for the Birmingham News and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prizze for investigative reporting.
2006: Don Logan, chairman of the board of Time Warner Cable and Auburn University graduate.


Dr. Roy Peter Clark, v.p. and senior scholar at Poynter Institute & Gene Patterson, former editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionand St. Petersburg Times.
2004:  Paul Finebaum, host of The Paul Finebaum Radio Network 
2003: Harry Brandt Ayers, chairman and publisher, The Anniston Star
2002: Winston Groom, author, Forrest Gump
2001: Kathryn Tucker Windham, storyteller


Panel of editorial page editors (Bob Blalock, Birmingham News; Frances Coleman, Mobile Register; John Ehinger, Huntsville Times; and Ken Hare, Montgomery Advertiser)
1999: W.E.B. Griffin, novelist
1998: Rick Bragg, New York Times Reporter and author, All Over But the Shoutin'
1997: Robert Inman, journalist and author
1996: Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor, Atlanta Constitution
1995: Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
1994: Rheta Grimsley Johnson, syndicated columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
1993: Paul Hemphill, journalist and author
1992: Margaret DeBardeleben Tutwiler, assistant to the President of the United States for Communication
1991: Jack Nelson, Los Angeles Times Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief
1990: Howell Raines, New York Times Washington Editor
1989: John Cochran NBC News chief White House correspondent