Alabama Politics Reporter Lyman To Speak at Samford May 1

Published on April 24, 2017 by Sean Flynt  
Brian Lyman
Brian Lyman

As Alabama politics continues to make national news, government reporter Brian Lyman of The Montgomery Advertiser will speak at Samford University May 1 at 7 p.m. in N302 Divinity Hall.

Lyman has reported for almost a decade and was named one of the best statehouse reporters in the United States by The Washington Post in 2014. His talk at Samford will focus on the need for journalists to show how decisions are made in Montgomery and within other lawmaking bodies. 

Lyman’s appearance at Samford is hosted by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication as part of the department’s Timothy Sumner Robinson Forum, a recurring lecture series that brings to Samford leading voices in journalism.

The family of Samford journalism alumnus Timothy Sumner Robinson established the forum in memory of that seasoned and creative media executive with experience in many industry-leading online and print companies. Robinson led a distinguished career as an editor, columnist and reporter with The Washington Post, and also served as editor-in-chief of the National Law Journal.

Previous Robinson Forum speakers have included USA Today founding editor Gene Policinski, and Washington Post columnists David Broder and Eugene Robinson.

Sean Flynt is executive director of external relations for Howard College of Arts and Sciences.

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