Stanford University

Carlos Kelly McClatchy Memorial Lectures and Symposia

The Carlos Kelly McClatchy Memorial Lectures and Symposia were established in 1964 to bring Stanford University distinguished national and world leaders in the field of journalism. Its purpose is to give students a first hand insight into the responsibilities of journalism in a democratic society and to stimulate critical thinking about the performance of the mass media in the world today.

Carlos Kelly McClatchy

Carlos Kelly McClatchy

Carlos Kelly McClatchy (1891-1933) was born in Sacramento, CA. The son of the editor of the Sacramento Bee, he began his newspaper career following graduation from Columbia University. During World War I, he served with distinction with a California infantry regiment in France, earning his captaincy via a field promotion “in recognition of his gallantry” during the battle of the Argonne Forest. Following the Armistice, McClatchy returned to Sacramento to cover political campaigns, write editorials, and serve as the paper’s national correspondent in Washington, D.C. In 1922, he founded the Fresno Bee which he edited until his death. In 1923 he became general manager of the McClatchy Newspapers, and a few years later played a central role in the development of the McClatchy radio system. From 1922 until his death, McClatchy continued to build a reputation as an aggressive independent editor, always willing to challenge entrenched viewpoints. At his death, the Fresno Bee wrote that the West had lost “one of the most brilliant, progressive and dynamic of its newspaper personalities.”

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Floyd Abrams speaks as McClatchy Fellow

From the Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks

Floyd Abrams

Floyd Abrams

In the fifty years that America’s preeminent First Amendment attorney, Floyd Abrams, has practiced law, varying challenges to freedom of expression have emerged in rapid succession. From his involvement in the Pentagon Papers Case in 1971 to his still more controversial involvement in the Citizens United case of just a few years ago, Floyd Abrams has been in the front lines of virtually every significant First Amendment case and debate about the meaning of that “crown jewel” of the American Constitution. In his speech, he will draw upon issues in his new book Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment. The evening is sponsored by the Carlos Kelly McClatchy Fund, the Department of Communication, and Stanford Law School.