Juan Williams to speak at Whitman College commencement

The journalist and author is known to many NPR listeners as the former host of "Talk of the Nation."

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WALLA WALLA -- Award-winning journalist and author Juan Williams will deliver the commencement speech to the Whitman College class of 2010, the college has announced.

The ceremony will take place May 23 starting at 11 a.m. on the college's Memorial Building south side lawn.

Williams is best known as a senior correspondent for National Public Radio, and also spent 20 years at The Washington Post as an award-winning editorial writer, columnist and correspondent to the White House. Williams was awarded an Emmy for television documentary writing, and serves as a trustee for Haverford College, his alma mater.

Williams' published books include "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965," and "This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience."

Whitman President George Bridges said the college was honored to receive Williams as the commencement speaker.

"His contributions as a journalist, writer and public intellectual have helped shape our collective understanding of race in American society," Bridges said in a statement.

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