ABC's Claire Shipman to Speak at Bethel Scholar's Forum

ABC Television’s Claire Shipman will speak at the 2010 Bethel University Scholars Forum on Thursday, Nov. 18 at noon in Dishman Gymnasium of the Bethel University Baker Fieldhouse. Academically gifted students from schools all over West Tennessee are scheduled to take part in the forum, where they will also be a part of a meet and greet session with Shipman. Bethel University students and the community are invited to come and hear Shipman’s noon speech, which is open to the public compliments of Bethel University. Her speech is entitled “Of Washington and the World: Claire Shipman on Today’s Headlines.”
     Shipman serves as senior national correspondent and substitute anchor for ABC News’ Good Morning America. She also contributes to ABC’s World News and This Week.
     Additionally, she is the co-author, with Katty Kay, of The New York Times best-seller, Womenomics: The Workplace Revolution That Will Change Your Life (2009). The book addresses how today’s women’s management style is ideally suited for the 21st century business world as it produces more profitable companies with happier employees.
Prior to joining ABC News in 2001, Shipman served as White House correspondent for NBC News where she regularly reported on presidential policy and politics for NBC Nightly News and the Today show. Through her on-the-ground reporting during the 2000 presidential campaign, Shipman broke many big election stories. On the Today show, she conducted the first televised interview with then Vice President Al Gore in the wake of his campaign finance troubles. She was the first to report that Gore would name Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate and in December 2000, she was the first to report on the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to allow a recount of contested ballots.
     Before moving to NBC News, Shipman worked at CNN for a decade. During that time she gained widespread recognition for her White House press coverage. Shipman also spent five years at CNN’s Moscow bureau, where she won international praise for her coverage of Boris Yeltsin’s 1993 assault on the Russian Parliament building.
Shipman’s Moscow reporting helped CNN earn a National Headliners Award and her coverage of the aborted Soviet coup and 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union won the network a coveted Peabody Award. She also received a Dupont Award and an Emmy as one of the key contributors to CNN’s coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student uprising, as well as a Dupont Award for CNN’s coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
     For more information about Shipman’s visit, individuals can contact Jennifer Glass at 731-352-4259 or at