For nearly 40 years, the McGill Lecture has brought significant figures in journalism to the University of Georgia to help us honor Ralph McGill’s courage as an editor.
The first McGill Lecture was delivered in 1979 by Eugene Patterson, then executive editor of the St. Petersburg Times.
In between, 36 reporters, editors, columnists and publishers – such figures as Jack Nelson, Geneva Overholser, Leonard Pitts, Jr. and Katharine Graham – have joined us in Athens as McGill Lecturers.
What they share with McGill is a deep sense of courage – in the words they wrote, in the stories they pursued and brought to their front pages, and in refusing to be intimidated by powerful interests.
Our students and faculty are inspired by their example.
Chronological list of previous lecturers
1979 Eugene Patterson, The St. Petersburg Times [pdf]
1980 Tom Wicker, The New York Times [pdf]
1981 Anthony Lewis, The New York Times [pdf]
1981 Tom Johnson, The Los Angeles Times [pdf]
1982 Robert Maynard, The Oakland Tribune [pdf]
1983 Katharine Graham, The Washington Post [pdf]
1984 John Seigenthaler, The Tennessean [pdf]
1985 Gene Roberts, The Philadelphia Inquirer
1986 Alvah Chapman, Knight Ridder
1988 Jack Nelson, The Los Angeles Times [pdf]
1989 Reg Murphy, The Baltimore Sun [pdf]
1990 Claude Sitton, The Raleigh News and Observer [pdf]
1991 Celestine Sibley, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution [pdf]
1992 Richard Oppel, The Charlotte Observer [pdf]
1993 David Lawrence, Jr., The Miami Herald
1994 Clarence Page, The Chicago Tribune [pdf]
1995 Helen Thomas, United Press International [pdf]
1996 Frank Deford, National Public Radio [pdf]
1996 Robin Wright, The Los Angeles Times [pdf]
1997 Robert J. Danzig, The Hearst Corporation [pdf]
1998 Jay Smith, Cox Newspapers, Inc. [pdf]
1999 Deborah Roberts, ABC News
2000 John Egerton, Journalist and Author [pdf]
2001 Cynthia Tucker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution [pdf]
2002 Geneva Overholser, University of Missouri [pdf]
2003 Hodding Carter, III, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation [pdf]
2005 Jerry Ceppos, Knight Ridder [pdf]
2006 Leonard Pitts Jr., The Miami Herald [pdf]
2007 Julia Wallace, The Atlanta Journal Constitution [pdf]
2008 Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers [pdf]
2010 Paul Steiger, editor in chief, ProPublica. [pdf]
2013 Christine Brennan, sports columnist for USA Today [YouTube]
2014 Antonio Mora, host of Al Jazeera America’s “Consider This,” [YouTube]
2017 Souad Mekhennet, The Washington Post
2018 Marina Walker Guevara, deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists [YouTube]