Tickets Available for ‘A Conversation with Byron Pitts and Nido Qubein’
HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 27, 2018 – High Point University will host “A Conversation with President Nido R. Qubein and Byron Pitts” at 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Community members can reserve a seat by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitts is co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” and the winner of multiple Emmys. Pitts is widely known for his thoughtful storytelling, on-the-ground reporting and in-depth interviews. He has covered national news stories and in-depth features for ABC, reporting across the news division on programs such as “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “This Week” and “20/20.”
In August, HPU announced Pitts as Journalist in Residence. Both Pitts and Qubein are members of The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and became connected with each other through the association. Pitts will work with students in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, as well as other majors across campus. In addition to his experience as a journalist, Pitts’ story of overcoming a speech impediment to launch his career in television news will inform and inspire students in all disciplines of study.
“Mr. Pitts brings a level of professionalism that supports our efforts to prepare students for the world as it is going to be,” says HPU President Nido Qubein. “Meeting with such leaders helps students learn the art of the possible.”
This event will be filmed by UNC-TV and aired at a later date. The discussion is part of HPU’s Access to Innovators series, which features renowned global thought leaders including Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple; Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter; Marc Randolph, co-founder of Netflix; former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice; Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national security advisor; and many others.
About Byron Pitts:
Prior to joining ABC News, Pitts spent 15 years at CBS News, where he served as chief national correspondent for “The CBS Evening News,” appeared regularly on “60 Minutes” and won an Emmy for his coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2002, the National Association of Black Journalists named him Journalist of the Year. His 2009 memoir, “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges,” chronicled his journey of overcoming illiteracy and a speech impediment to become a journalist. In 2017, Pitts profiled six young adults that overcame hardships in his book “Be the One.”
Pitts began his career at WNCT-TV in Greenville, North Carolina, where he covered local news and served as weekend sports anchor. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1982, where he studied journalism and speech communication. He is a native of Baltimore and currently lives in New York City.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.® HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 5,200 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South, No. 1 for Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South and recognized for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the South. The Princeton Review named HPU in the 2019 edition of “The Best 384 Colleges” in the nation, as well as Best-Run Colleges (No. 19), Best College Dorm Rooms (No. 5), Most Beautiful Campuses (No. 18) and a Great School for Communication Majors and a Great School for Business/Finance Majors. For eight years in a row, HPU has been named a College of Distinction with special recognition for business and education programs, and The National Council on Teacher Quality ranks HPU’s elementary education program as one of the best in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 57 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the web at highpoint.edu.