The Fitzwater Center is an arena that recognizes excellence—spanning from high school students to established professionals. The Center grants annual scholarships to students who have expressed an interest in media or politics, throughout their high school career. In addition, an annual honors ceremony awards medallions for Leadership in Public Communication.
This year's ceremony will be held on Friday, April 27th, 2018 in Spagnuolo Hall at
the Rindge Campus.
The Medallion Lecture
Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age:
The Quest for a Post-Partisan Citizenship
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Spagnuolo Hall
with Alexander Heffner, PBS Host, "The Open Mind"
The Honors Ceremony
6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Spagnuolo Hall
with Alexander Heffner
Diane Rehm is an award-winning former American Public Radio talk show host and bestselling author. A native Washingtonian, Rehm hosted The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU and NPR for nearly 40 years, which grew from a local program to one with international reach and a weekly on-air audience of more than 2.8 million. She now carries on in podcast form, reporting on issues that matter most to her: what’s going on in Washington, ideas that inform, and the latest on living well as we live longer.2017 recipient
Director and Founder, Project for Excellence in Journalism
PEW Research Centers
News Correspondent-at-Large, NBC
Press Secretary to the President, The White House
Political Editor, C-SPAN
President, White House Correspondents Association
Senior White House Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report
The Honorable Chuck Hagel
U.S. Senator for Nebraska
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication offers numerous programs that reach out to constituencies on campus, within the region and beyond to the national arena.
In addition, the Department of Communication is housed within the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication and offers degrees in Communication with concentrations in Journalism and Media Production as well as Media Studies, Sports Media, and Social Media and Emergent Technologies.
Learn more about the Center’s namesake, Marlin Fitzwater, who served as press secretary to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.