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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.”

54th Carlos Kelly McClatchy Symposium

A Conversation about the New York Times 1619 Project. Featuring New York Times correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones and writer Kiese Laymon. Moderated by JSK managing director Michael Bolden. Watch the video.

53rd Carlos Kelly McClatchy Symposium

A conversation with Bob Woodward. Woodward discusses his reporting from Nixon to Trump and the challenges confronting the press, the presidency, and American democracy. Watch the video.

52nd Carlos Kelly McClatchy Symposium

“Virtual Reality, Real Implications: How VR will shape people, business, and government” features Courtney Cogburn (Columbia University), Tom Wheeler (former head of the FCC), and Philip Rosedale (High Fidelity).

51st Carlos Kelly McClatchy Symposium

“Under Threat: The Future of Foreign Correspondence” features NPR Foreign Editor William Dobson, BuzzFeed International News Editor Miriam Elder, and New York Times Foreign Editor Michael Slackman. Moderated by the Communication Department’s Janine Zacharia.

50th Carlos Kelly McClatchy Symposium

125 Years of Journalism at Stanford

May 13, 2016

49th Carlos Kelly McClatchy Symposium

Corruption: Who Plays? Who Pays?

Zephyr Teachout, Derek Willis, Justin Grimmer

April 16, 2015

even worse comic

48th Carlos Kelly McClatchy Symposium

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks

Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein, Benjamin Ginsberg, Jane Schacter

May 22, 2014

Floyd Abrams

Floyd Abrams speaks as McClatchy Fellow

From the Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks

Floyd Abrams

April 24, 2013

Whym Obama Won

2012 McClatchy Symposium

The 2012 Elections: Why Obama Won and the Implications for Governance

Dan Balz, Matthew Kaminski, David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Shanto Iyengar

November 26, 2012

hashtagged feature

46th Carlos Kelly McClatchy Memorial Symposium

#Hashtagged: How Social Media are Revolutionizing the News

Krishna Bharat, Andy Carvin, Susan Mernit, Will Tacy, James Bettinger

May 17, 2012

Public Broadcasting

2011 McClatchy Symposium

Does Public Broadcasting Have a Future?

Tim Olson, Dan Werner, Ulrich Wilhelm and Shanto Iyengar. Moderated by Gerhard Casper.

November 1, 2011


45th Carlos Kelly McClatchy Memorial Symposium

Washington Showdown: Budget Battles and Partisan Interests

Susan Davis, John Harris, David Leonhardt, David W. Brady

May 3, 2011

News Inclusion

2010 McClatchy Symposium

News and Inclusion: Journalism and the Politics of Diversity

March 4, 2010

Future of Journalism

44th Carlos Kelly McClatchy Memorial Symposium

New Times: The Future of Journalism

Philip Balboni, Alberto Ibarguen, Paul Steiger, Martin Nisenholtz and Joel Brinkley

October 22, 2009

Carlos Kelly McClatchy

McClatchy Memorial Lectures and Symposia 1980-2009

A list of McClatchy events held between 1980-2009.