The Essential Role of the Media in a Post-Fact Age with Rich Kellman

Friday, March 24th 2017 at 7:00 pm
Friday, March 24th 2017 at 8:30 pm
Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY

In today's climate of "fake news," "alternative facts," and political division, what are we to make of the role of the media? Come listen to veteran local media personality Rich Kellman as he discusses the role of the media—past, present, and future.

Rich Kellman

During his 32 years at Channel 2, Rich Kellman reported over 4500 stories about the lives of ordinary people as well as the great events of our time. Rich has won two Emmys, the Edward R. Murrow Award of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Dupont-Columbia School of Journalism Award and many Associated Press awards for outstanding reporting. He was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005.

Rich was the first local American TV reporter to cover the Solidarity uprising in Poland in 1981. His reports included interviews with the leader of the Solidarity movement and later president of Poland Lech Walesa and other officials of the labor movement that helped bring about the fall of the Soviet Union. Rich also covered Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and during his visits to the United States and Canada.

Rich anchored the news for 23 years at Channel 2 and then became Channel 2’s Senior Correspondent, a position he held for nine years until his retirement in 2006. He now owns and operates Rich Kellman Communications, a video production company that produces TV news reports and corporate presentations. Rich also continues to provide commentary and analysis for Channel 2.

Rich says his greatest influence has been the closing line of radio commentator Drew Pearson’s broadcasts of the early 1950’s: “…to make democracy live.” Rich tries to assure that his reporting lives up to that purpose and standard, to help inform people about society and government so they can make informed choices in the service of a free society.

Rich and his wife Ann live in Williamsville. They have two children and four grandchildren. Daughter Laurie covers Congress for the Associated Press, and her husband Ernest works for the Pentagon. Daughter Julie and her husband Austin own and operate a TV and film production company in Los Angeles.

General Admission: $5
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