Bob Garfield, Co-host of NPR's 'On the Media,' to Speak Here April 7

Bob Garfield, co-host of National Public Radio’s “On the Media” program, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Bob Garfield

Bob Garfield

The program is the third in Minnesota Public Radio News’ 2013-2014 Broadcast Journalist Series, which is co-sponsored by the St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences, its Communication and Journalism Department, and by Thomson Reuters.

Garfield will be interviewed on stage that evening by Tom Weber, co-host of “The Daily Circuit” for Minnesota Public Radio News.

In addition to co-hosting “On the Media,” a program heard on more than 300 public radio stations, Garfield has been an author and columnist for 30-plus years. He currently is writing about media and marketing for The Guardian and MediaPost. He has been a contributing editor for Washington Post Magazine, Civilization and the opinion page of USA Today. He also has written for The New York Times, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic and Wired, and has worked for ABC, CBS and CNBC.

Garfield has written five books, mostly recently Can’t Buy Me Like. His first book, Waking Up Screaming From the American Dream, was published in 1997. His 2003 manifesto on advertising, And Now a Few Words From Me, is published in six languages. His 2009 The Chaos Scenario, about the supposed collapse of mass media and advertising, has mostly come true. Garfield co-wrote "Tag, You're It," a country song performed by Willie Nelson, and wrote an episode of the short-lived NBC sitcom "Sweet Surrender."

Students, staff and faculty from the five Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (including St. Thomas) are admitted for free at the door on the day of program. Just present your college or university ID to the usher at the entrance of the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.

General Admission tickets are $12 for Minnesota Public Radio members and $15 for nonmembers. Ticket information, along with directions for parking on or near the St. Thomas campus, is available here.

Now in its 19th year, Minnesota Public Radio's Broadcast Journalist Series commissions renowned journalists for a 24-hour residency four times a year. They share insights on their craft and issues that affect our world.

Melissa Block, host of NPR’s “All Things Considered” since 2003, will be this year’s fourth speaker; her talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.