Emmy Award winning journalist and the co-host of ABC’s Nightline Byron Pitts will kick off the 2020 Ray and Stella Dillon Lecture Series at Hutchinson Community College. Pitts’ lecture will be Tuesday, March 10 at 10:30 am at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.
Pitts shares his incredible story of perseverance and strength and inspires audiences to reach for their dreams. Sharing anecdotes and details of his own personal challenges while growing up - including his struggles with illiteracy and a profound speech impediment - he encourages audiences to strive past struggles to achieve success, and challenges us all to be brave enough to “step out on nothing” to help others reach their own goals.
Raised by a single mother in a working class neighborhood in Baltimore, Pitts was illiterate until the age of twelve and had a persistent stutter. Capitalizing on his desire to play football, his mother mandated he receive B’s or above in school in order to play. With that focus, Pitts learned to read and went on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University.
Known for his thought-provoking coverage and his commitment to exceptional storytelling, Pitts is a multiple Emmy award winning journalist and is a co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline. In 2013, Pitts became an anchor and the Chief National Correspondent at ABC. Prior to working for ABC, Pitts was the Chief National Correspondent for CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. He was also CBS’ lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the September 11th attacks and won an Emmy for his coverage.
Tickets to the lecture are currently on sale at www.hutchcc.edu/dls and at the HutchCC Campus Store in the Parker Student Union. School groups may register at www.dillonlectureseries.eventbrite.com; students of all ages are permitted to attend at no charge.
Pitts will appear at a press conference for members of the media prior to the lecture. The press conference is scheduled at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Interview Room of the Hutchinson Sports Arena.
2020 is the 39th season for the Dillon Lecture Series on the HutchCC Campus. For more information on the Dillon Lecture Series, or to become a patron, call Robin Woodworth at 620-665-3505 or visit the college website at www.hutchcc.edu/dls.