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Legendary sports journalist Robert Lipsyte to keynote our 2015 conference

Coverage of Lipsyte’s keynote address and other panel discussions and breakout sessions from the conference can be found here

The keynote speaker for our upcoming conference, Robert Lipsyte, has had a career that most could only dream of. He’s seen success in various fields throughout his storied career, and is an excellent example for aspiring writers.

Working as both a journalist and as a novelist, Lipsyte’s first experience came as a copyboy in the sports department of the New York Times, and even though he hated his job, he fell in love with the paper.

He eventually worked his way up to cover the spring training for the Mets in 1962, and was given the opportunity to cover the heavyweight championship fight between Sonny Liston and Cassius Clay in 1964.

Lipsyte wLipsyteould go on to become the new boxing reporter for the paper, and wrote for the publication until 1971, when he left to write novels and movies. He wrote his first young adult novel , “The Contender,” while still a reporter at the Times.

Over the course of his career as an author, Lipsyte has authored 12 young adult novels, seven books for adults and seven young adult non-fiction books. He has won numerous awards that add prestige to an already illustrious career.

Recently, Lipsyte has served as the ombudsman for ESPN. His additional media credits include CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News and PBS.

Lipsyte turned a fascination with a newsroom in 1960’s New York into one of the most successful and storied careers of our time.

We at the Center of Journalism Ethics are honored to host Mr. Lipsyte at the University of Wisconsin, and look forward to his keynote address on April 10th.

Read more about Robert Lipsyte on his personal website.

More information about our conference is available here, and you may visit our registration page here. The conference is open to the public.

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