The Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture Series began in October 1999. Sponsored by the Triad Foundation of Ithaca, N.Y., the lecture series brings outstanding mass communication professionals to the campus each year with the goal of enriching the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate journalism students, and presenting speakers of interest to the campus and beyond. The series honors Roy H. Park, the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Park Communications Inc., which became an expansive multimedia company with broadcast and print properties throughout the U.S.
Dean Susan King created the Women in Media Leadership Series in 2013 to bring influential women leaders and communicators to campus to share their experiences and mentor students. Former Gov. Bev Perdue, the North Carolina’s first woman chief executive, headlined the inaugural talk.
The Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium is named in honor of Wade Hargrove, former chair of the UNC Bard of Trustees and the driving force behind the creation of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. The colloquium was established and funded by various media companies and friends of Hargrove as a forum for discussion and debate on contemporary media issues.
Family and friends of Nelson Benton established this series of lectures by distinguished journalists to honor Benton, who worked more than 20 years at CBS News. He began his broadcasting career at radio station WSOC in Charlotte, N.C., after receiving his degree from UNC in 1949. He worked in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, reported on the civil rights movement in the South and covered the Vietnam War from Saigon. He anchored the "CBS Morning News" in the early 1970s and covered Watergate and the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.
The Reed Sarratt Distinguished Lecture Series brings some of the best and brightest minds in the field to the University to discuss matters of importance and concern, of philosophy and principle. The series is named for a native of Charlotte and a 1937 graduate of UNC who served as the inaugural president of the school's Journalism Alumni and Friends Association. He worked as executive director of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA) Foundation, and before that, he had been a newspaperman in North Carolina. He was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame in 1985.