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Cokie Roberts to speak at fundraiser for WVIK Radio


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Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2014, 8:02 am
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Press release submitted by Augustana College


Rock Island, Ill. –Cokie Roberts, a Morning Edition contributor and former congressional correspondent,will appear Thursday, March 27, on behalf of WVIK, Augustana Public Radio, for a gala fund-raising dinner in the Gold Room of the Hotel Blackhawk in downtown Davenport.
The event, An Evening with Cokie Roberts, will feature cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and her speech about everything from her own life story to the political climate in the United States today. Tickets are $100 each and are available through the wvik.org website or by calling WVIK at (309) 794-7552.
"We were very lucky," said Jennifer Blohm, WVIK's development director. "She was our top pick. We know she's very busy, and she's making time for us right after the primary elections. It's very exciting."
Roberts will be the first in a series of NPR reporter/anchors to visit WVIK on an annual basis to bolster community support for the mission of the public radio station.
After gaining notoriety as a top correspondent for National Public Radio, Roberts has become perhaps its most famous denizen, also joining ABC News as a political reporter, host and analyst, winning three Emmys, and authoring multiple best-selling books on her wide-ranging career and personal interests. In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a "Living Legend," one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor.
Now 70 years old, she has just completed her latest book, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies, which highlights the female patriots of the American Revolution.
The lead sponsor is UnityPoint Health-Trinity, with additional support provided byLeo Schubert and Susan Sharar, Lawrence and Kathryn Allen, and Tony and Joyce Singh. Ticket sales and additional donations will go toward funding general operations of WVIK and its public service mission.
While in the Quad Cities, Roberts also plans to spend time with college students and healthcare professionals from UnityPoint Health-Trinity on Augustana's campus, and she'll join the congregation of the Humility of Mary to celebrate their 150th anniversary.
For more information, please contact Keri Rursch, Augustana director of public relations, at (309) 794-7721 or kerirursch@augustana.edu.

About WVIK: WVIK, broadcasting at 90.3 FM in the Quad Cities and 95.9 in Dubuque, Iowa, is the source for public radio for the Quad Cities and surrounding 75-mile radius in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. WVIK's 30,000 weekly listeners trust the station's award-winning journalism, thoughtful array of music and insightful commentary. WVIK consistently is ranked as the number one "most listened to" public radio station in the Quad Cities.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 149 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.




















 



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