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CQ Weekly's Sara Fritz Returns to Centenary for Commencement Address at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8 in Gold Dome

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SHREVEPORT, LA -- Sara Fritz, managing editor of CQ (Congressional Quarterly) Weekly and campaign financing expert, will speak at Centenary College's commencement exercises at 10:30 a.m. May 8 in the Gold Dome.

Fritz's visit to Centenary marks the second time in four years that the distinguished political journalist has visited the campus. In 1995, she spent five days on campus, lecturing and speaking as the college's 37th Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

Since becoming managing editor of CQ Weekly, a non-partisan weekly news magazine covering politics, Fritz has maintained the publication's reputation as the most trusted, non-partisan publication covering government.

Prior to joining Congressional Quarterly, Fritz spent 14 years working as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and five years at U.S. News and World Report, covering politics, the White House and Congress. Among the major news stories she covered during that period were the Iran-Contra and Whitewater scandals.

Fritz is also a recognized expert on the subject of campaign financing. She has authored two books on the subject, The Handbook of Campaign Spending and Gold-Plated Politics.

A frequent guest on National Public Radio and a variety of national television news programs, Fritz has also been a winner of a number of prestigious journalism awards, including the 1989 Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress and Harvard University's 1996 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Fritz is a 1966 graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 1992. For the past 12 years, she has taught at colleges and universities across the country as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program. She is a former president of the White House Correspondents' Association and a long-time member of the board of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

At Centenary she will speak to a graduation class of about 240 and an audience of about 2,500. At commencement the college will also announce three recipients of honorary doctorates.

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