Hagerty Lecture: Just the Facts

Thursday, April 25, 2024 2 pm

Hagerty Lecture on Contemporary Media Issues, and Communication Class Showcase
Just the Facts: Observations from the "dark side" on the demise of objectivity in journalism.

Presented by Mike Nowatzki

Mike Nowatzki has served as communications director for the Office of the Governor since Gov. Doug Burgum took office in December 2016. A native of Edinburg, N.D., Nowatzki earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in psychology from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He worked in the newspaper industry for more than 18 years in North Dakota and Minnesota as a reporter for Forum Communications Co., covering a variety of beats including government, agriculture, business, criminal justice and higher education. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, he covered state government and the Legislature in Bismarck. As communications director, Nowatzki serves as the governor’s spokesman and the media’s primary point of contact with the Governor’s Office, in addition to coordinating communications among the administration’s 19 cabinet agencies. He and his wife, Jamie, live in Bismarck with their two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, coaching, music and pretending to know how to fish. 

The Jack Hagerty / Grand Forks Herald Endowment was established in 1984 by the Hagerty family and the Grand Forks community to honor Jack Hagerty upon his retirement after 25 years as executive news editor, managing editor, and editor of the Grand Forks Herald. Over the years, the lecture series has been host to a wide range of lectures on contemporary media issues, including some by Pulitzer Prize winning journalists.

2901 University Avenue Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202


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