1998 Commencement Speakers


Russ Woody, commencement speaker, Saturday, May 23
Russ Woody, a 1979 graduate of CSU, Chico, is consulting producer with Brillstein/Grey. In 1990 he won an Emmy as writer/producer of Murphy Brown, and in 1997 he won a Golden Globe Award as co-executive producer of Cybil.

He began his productive career in television as a production assistant for the Benson program and then as a writer for the Benson, Barney Miller, Fantasy Island, and Webster shows. While employed with the Mary Tyler Moore production company, he also wrote episodes for Newhart, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, and Slap Maxwell. Woody was writer/producer for Parenthood, Good Sports, and Room for Two. He was co-executive producer of Mad About You in 1993.

He and his Australian wife, Cath Campbell, have two sons, three-year-old Henry and one-year-old Joe.

Peter Schrag, commencement speaker, Sunday, May 24
Peter Schrag has been a reporter, freelance writer, magazine and newspaper editor, book author, and university administrator. A Guggenheim Fellow in 1971, he was awarded a National Endowment Fellowship in 1976-77 and served as a Pulitzer Prize Juror in 1988-89. He has been executive editor of Saturday Review, editor of Change magazine, contributing editor for MORE journalism review, and editorial page editor for the Sacramento Bee. He is the author of nine books, including Village School Downtown (1967), The Decline of the WASP (1972), Test of Loyalty (1974), Mind Control (1978), and Paradise Lost: California's Experience and America's Future (1998). His articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, The New Republic, New York Review of Books, and Saturday Review, among other magazines.


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