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C-Span Founder to Receive Honorary Doctorate at LIU Post


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. – Brian Patrick Lamb, founder and executive chairman of Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN), will be awarded an honorary doctorate at the 55th Commencement exercises at LIU Post Friday, May 10, 2013.

Mr. Lamb has been an integral part of the C-SPAN since he helped launch the network 34 years ago, serving as its CEO from its beginnings through March 2012. Today, C-SPAN delivers public affairs programming via three HD television channels nationally; globally via and 15 other Internet sites; and through C-SPAN radio—an FM station in Washington that also can be heard on XM satellite service nationwide. Currently, Lamb hosts C-SPAN’s “Q and A” program, an hour-long interview show that airs on Sunday evenings.

Mr. Lamb has been a regular on-air presence at C-SPAN since the network’s earliest days. Over the years, he has interviewed prominent world leaders including U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama; former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; and the last president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. He also hosted C-SPAN’s popular “Booknotes” program for 15 years, exploring the work habits, thoughts and lives of noted nonfiction authors through one-on-one interviews. Five books of collected interviews have been published based on the “Booknotes” series.

Prior to creating C-SPAN, Mr. Lamb’s career spanned the worlds of journalism and politics. During high school and college, he sought out jobs at radio and television stations, spinning records, selling ads and eventually hosting his own television program.

After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in speech, Mr. Lamb joined the Navy. His continuing interest in government and media didn't diminish during his tour, which included service on the USS Thuban, White House duty during the Johnson Administration and a stint in the Pentagon public affairs office during the Vietnam War. After completing his naval service in 1967, he went on to freelance for UPI radio, to serve as a Senate press secretary and to work in the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy. Mr. Lamb later published a biweekly newsletter, The Media Report, and covered telecommunications issues as Washington bureau chief for Cablevision Magazine. 

Mr. Lamb’s accomplishments have been recognized repeatedly. His honors include the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, the National Humanities Medal and the highest civilian award in the United States—the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Mr. Lamb lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Victoria. When he’s not reading newspapers or non-fiction books, Mr. Lamb is often in hot pursuit of the latest country music release. 

More than 9,000 graduates, faculty and well-wishers will attend the Commencement ceremony which is held under a white tent on the Great Lawn beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Class of 2013 includes 2,227 students who will be awarded bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and advanced certificates from Long Island University’s three Long Island campuses: LIU Post in Brookville, LIU Brentwood in Brentwood, N.Y. and LIU Riverhead, N.Y.

For more information about LIU Post’s Commencement exercises or call (516) 299-2350.

Posted 05/09/2013

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