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Award-winning journalist, author to speak at Morrisville State College

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— Lisa Finnegan, an award-winning journalist and author with more than 20 years experience in local, national and international news writing, will discuss her latest book, No Questions Asked, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the STUAC Theater at Morrisville State College.

No Questions Asked examines the role of the media in the aftermath of 9/11 through Hurricane Katrina. The book takes a look at media coverage inside the U.S. and outside of it from the Sept. 11 attacks through the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina, focusing on choices journalists made during that time.
Finnegan began her career as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Long Island and worked her way to covering politics for the States News Service, with articles appearing in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the Boston Globe, Denver Post and Anchorage Daily News. She also served as editor and staff writer for Occupational Hazards Magazine, where she covered the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress. Finnegan’s freelance work has included articles in Newsday and Asia Times magazine.

After the 9/11 attacks, Finnegan obtained a master's degree in educational psychology from Fordham University and began to focus on the psychology of terrorism and its impact on the media. She has published articles on the subject in professional journals and has spoken at conferences around the United States.

There will be a panel discussion featuring Morrisville State College journalism faculty and a question and answer session after Finnegan speaks. The event is free and open to the public.

Funding for the event is provided by the Sheila Johnson Institute.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options with eight new degrees being offered this fall: entrepreneurship and small business management, B.B.A.; nursing, B.S.; science, technology, and society, B.S.; journalism and communication for online media, B.S.; horticulture business management, B.T.; human performance and health promotion, B.S.; criminal justice, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only); and human services, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only).

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.