Ken Paulson, editor of USA Today, the nation’s largest daily general interest newspaper, spoke at Belmont University today, concluding the 2005-06 New Century Journalism Speaker Series. Paulson assumed the role of editor at USA today one month after Jack Kelley, a long-time, respected journalist at the newspaper, was fired for fabricating stories in 2004.
Paulson spoke about his career in journalism, the continued importance of newspapers in today’s ever-changing media and USA Today‘s committment to a strong code of ethics.
Prior to his role at USA Today, Pauslson worked in Nashville for seven years as the director of the First Amendment Center. For four years, he hosted the Emmy-nominated, nationally televised PBS program “Speaking Freely,” dedicated to free expression and the arts.