Nationally known health care adviser, author and former Washington Post reporter Ceci Connolly will present "LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law" on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of Richards Treat University Center on the Millikin campus. This event, the 2013 Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship, is free and open to the public.
A 25-year veteran of the journalism field, Connolly served as national staff writer at the Washington Post from 1997 to 2010. She has reported on every U.S. Presidential campaign since 1984 and has written extensively about Congress. In 2001, Connolly was named national health policy correspondent for the Post, producing articles on bioterrorism, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, skyrocketing medical bills, physician-assisted suicide and President Obama's drive for sweeping healthcare legislation. She also traveled to Louisiana in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and spent five months on the ground, reporting on the worst natural disaster in modern U.S. history.
Now the managing director of the Health Research Institute for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, she guides corporations, foundations and governmental bodies on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Connolly frequently appears as a commentator on national TV, including PBS' "Washington Week," "The Early Show" on CBS, NPR's "Diane Rehm Show" and several news programs on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel.
The Thomas W. Ewing Lectureship was created by Millikin University and Congressman Ewing's colleagues in recognition of his many years of public service. Ewing, a 1957 Millikin graduate, retired in 2001 after serving nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 15th District of Illinois. Ewing served 17 years in the Illinois House of Representatives, where he was assistant Republican leader from 1982-1990 and was named deputy minority leader in 1990.
Previous speakers have included Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmental advocate; Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert; Peter Hoekstra, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and former congressmen Jack Buechner (R-Mo.) and William Robert Roy (D-Kansas). The lectures focus on public policy and service, and visiting lecturers are selected based on their prominence in those fields as well as their ability to inspire others to serve.