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WSJ Journalist Langley to Speak at CCI Commencement

Monica LangleyMonica Langley, senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal, will deliver the spring 2013 commencement address for the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Langley will address graduates and their families at 8:30am on Thursday, May 9, in Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena.
“As one of the top journalists of her generation, Monica Langley has interviewed many of the richest and most powerful people in the world,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “Her remarkable career has been characterized by honesty, integrity and an extraordinary ability to both get and tell the story. We are very fortunate to have Ms. Langley as our commencement speaker and know that the wisdom and advice she shares will provide our graduates with an inspirational send-off as they leave UT to pursue professional careers.”
Langley was managing editor of the Daily Beacon while at UT. She graduated in 1980 with highest honors in journalism and was named a Torchbearer. Her in-depth articles regularly appear on the front page of the Journal where she has reported for nearly 25 years from New York and Washington DC.
Langley is the Journal’s preeminent writer of the page-one profile, particularly of CEOs, billionaires, presidential candidates and key figures in the news. She also provides behind-the-scenes narratives of corporate dramas and breaks exclusive news about such high-profile companies as General Motors, Boeing and JP Morgan Chase.
An honors graduate of Georgetown University’s law school, Langley has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University and of First Amendment law at Georgetown University Law Center. Also, a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, District of Columbia and Tennessee, she was a corporate lawyer for several years.
Her bestselling book about the CEO of Citigroup, published by Simon & Schuster, was titled Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World… and Then Nearly Lost It All.
In 2002, she received the College of Communication and Information’s highest honor, The Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award. New York Women in Communications presented her with a Matrix Award recognizing her as one of the nation’s most exceptional women in media and the arts in 2009.
More than 300 students will graduate with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the College this semester.