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Emmy-winning journalist Armen Keteyian to give keynote Saturday at JU Commencement

After a remarkable year of progess (see ow.ly/wffTV), JU will bestow degrees on nearly 900 students, one of the largest graduating classes ever at the University, on Saturday, May 3. Live-streaming video will be at http://www.ju.edu/commencement.

Details follow:

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3.
 
WHERE: Science Green, JU campus, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville (weather backup location: main auditorium, First Baptist Church, 119 W. Beaver St., downtown).
 
armenketeyianofficialphotoSMALL.jpgHONORARY DEGREE: Armen Keteyian (see bio below), an 11-time Emmy Award winner and one of the preeminent journalists of his generation, who is lead correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime, contributing correspondent for CBS News’ “60 Minutes” and former chief investigative correspondent for CBS News, will be awarded an honorary degree and is the ceremony’s keynote speaker.
 
“I was humbled to receive the call from President Tim Cost and honored to have the opportunity to address the JU graduating class of 2014,” Keteyian said. “I’ll do my best to pass along a few life lessons from a State U grad without boredom and with an emphasis on humanity, integrity and, most importantly, brevity.”
 
ARMEN KETEYIAN BIO
 
ARMEN KETEYIAN, 61, an 11-time Emmy Award winner, is the lead correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime and a contributing correspondent for CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” Previously the chief investigative correspondent for CBS News from 2006-12, he is recognized as one of the preeminent journalists of his generation, covering in-depth news and sports issues for such esteemed media outlets as CBS News, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, ABC News, HBO Sports and Showtime.
 
Over the last four decades, Mr. Keteyian has produced thousands of stories, with national award-winning coverage of vital topics that include unflinching accounts for CBS News on rape in America, identity theft and the high rate of veteran suicide. A powerful voice on ethics, integrity and abuse of power, his landmark sports investigations have delved into such issues as Title IX, gender equity, discrimination in the NFL, AIDS in athletics, sports gambling, and the widening use of steroids in sports.
 
In addition, he has authored or co-authored 10 books, including most recently the instant New York Times bestseller “The System,” a groundbreaking book on big-time college football; the critically acclaimed "Money Players: Days and Nights Inside the New NBA"; the New York Times bestseller "Raw Recruits"; and moving autobiographies of baseball great Catfish Hunter and actor/comedian George Lopez.
 

From 1997-2006, Mr. Keteyian was a special features reporter for CBS Sports, while contributing to the network's coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship and Final Four, and hosting CBS Sports' coverage of the Tour de France. He was a featured correspondent for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel during that same time period, and again from 2010-2012, and co-produced and co-wrote “A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers,” a 2002 documentary aired as part of HBO's "Sports of the 20th Century" series.

From 1989-97, Mr. Keteyian was a correspondent for ABC News in New York, for which he reported and wrote more than 400 stories for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” Nightline and other ABC News broadcasts. Prior to that, he was a writer-reporter for Sports Illustrated in New York (1982-89), where he specialized in investigations, including corruption in college football and point-shaving scandals. He began his journalism career as a sports and feature writer in San Diego, freelancing for the San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego Magazine (1980-82) after spending two years at the Times-Advocate in Escondido (1978-80). 

Mr. Keteyian graduated cum laude from San Diego State University in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and was a starting infielder on the university’s baseball team. Born and raised in Michigan, he now lives with his wife, Dede, in Fairfield, Conn.

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