News Correspondent Andy Rooney to Speak at the University of Virginia
11, 1999 -- Andy
Rooney, Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent, author and columnist,
will be the keynote speaker at the University of Virginia's Valedictory
Exercises May 20.
by the 2000 graduating class at U.Va., the ceremony will include
announcements of some of the University's most prestigious awards,
presentation of the 2000 class gift, and a speech by Rooney, who
is currently in his 22nd season at CBS News' 60 Minutes.
unique 60 Minutes' reports, "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," have
been a regular feature since 1978. He won Emmy Awards for segments
in 1979, 1981 and 1982.
has written, produced and narrated a series of broadcasts for CBS
News on various aspects of America and American life, including
"Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington," for which he won a Peabody Award;
"Andy Rooney Takes Off," "Mr. Rooney Goes to Work" and "Mr. Rooney
Goes to Dinner."
1964, Rooney wrote "An Essay on Doors," the first of what has become
his specialty, the television essay, a personal format illuminating
subjects most people take for granted.
1968, Rooney wrote two CBS News specials in the series "Of Black
America." His script for "Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed"
won him his first Emmy Award.
addition to his work at CBS, Rooney writes a column for Tribune
Media Services that appears in about 200 newspapers across the nation.
He has also been a contributing writer to Esquire, Life, Look, Reader's
Digest, Harper's, Saturday Review and other magazines, and is the
author of some 11 books, including "My War."
more information on the ceremony, contact Puja Seam, graduation
committee chair, at (804) 243-1631 or Rhodes Ritenour, president
of the '2000 class trustees, at (804) 979-6192.