Now in its 19th season, Minnesota Public Radio's Broadcast Journalist Series commissions journalists and correspondents for a 24-residency four times a year. While here they share insights on their craft as well as on people and events. The 2014 spring season presents new ideas with Bob Garfield and Melissa Block, both hosted by MPR's Tom Weber. All events take place at the University of St. Thomas O'Shaughnessy Education Center. Tickets will be on sale starting Tuesday February 11, 2014. Event parking information is available below.

Bob Garfield

April 7, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
St Thomas O'Shaughnessy Education Center
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Bob GarfieldApart from On the Media, Bob has been a columnist for 30-plus years, at the moment on the subjects of media and marketing for The Guardian and MediaPost.

Bob also podcasts with OTM producer Mike Vuolo on the popular Slate language program "Lexicon Valley." In print, Bob has been a contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, Civilization and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic and Wired and been employed variously by ABC, CBS, CNBC and the defunct FNN as an on-air analyst. As a lecturer and panelist, he has appeared in 37 countries on six continents, including such venues as the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol, and the Smithsonian.

He is the author of five books, most recently Can't Buy Me Like. His first book, Waking Up Screaming from the American Dream, was published by Scribner in 1997, favorably reviewed and quickly forgotten. His 2003 manifesto on advertising, And Now a Few Words From Me, is published in six languages. His 2009 The Chaos Scenario, about the supposed collapse of mass media and advertising, has mostly come true. Garfield co-wrote "Tag, You're It," a country song performed by Willie Nelson, and wrote an episode of the short-lived NBC sitcom "Sweet Surrender."

Melissa Block

May 1, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
St Thomas O'Shaughnessy Education Center
Purchase Tickets online or call 1-800-838-3006

Melissa BlockMelissa Block is a 28-year veteran of NPR and has been hosting All Things Considered since 2003, after nearly a decade as an NPR correspondent.

Frequently reporting from communities in the center of the news, Block was in Chengdu, China, preparing for a weeklong broadcast when a massive earthquake struck the region in May 2008. Immediately following the quake, Block, along with co-host Robert Siegel and their production team, traveled throughout Sichuan province to report extensively on the destruction and relief efforts. Their riveting coverage aired across all of NPR's programs and was carried on major news organizations around the world. In addition, the reporting was recognized with the industry's top honors including a Peabody Award, a duPont-Columbia Award, a National Headliner Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Throughout her career, Block has covered major news events for NPR ranging from on-the-scene reporting from the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the days following Hurricane Katrina to a series from Texas gauging the impact of the Iraq War on the surrounding communities. Her reporting after the September 11, 2001 attacks was part of coverage that earned NPR a George Foster Peabody Award. Block's reporting from Kosovo in 1999 was cited among stories for which NPR News won an Overseas Press Club Award.


General Admission tickets on sale Tuesday February 11 at 12 noon CT.
$12 MPR members/$15 non members
Tickets also available for purchase at the door.

Event Parking

St. Thomas invites guests attending this event to park in the Anderson Parking Facility. The Anderson Parking Facility is a two-block walk to the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center. Please enter the Anderson Parking Facility at the southwest corner of Cretin and Grand avenues. For specific driving and parking directions to campus, refer to the available map on this page. The cost for hourly parking in the ramp is $1.50/hr before 4:00 pm and $1.00/hr after 4:00 pm. To avoid being ticketed, guests should not park in campus surface lots that require permits including the one adjacent to OEC Auditorium, or on streets around campus, which require city permits.

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