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Rex Nelson: News & Fake News

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CALS Ron Robinson Theater

100 River Market Avenue

Little Rock, AR 72201

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Rex Nelson will give the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Fred K. Darragh Jr. Distinguished Lecture entitled "News & Fake News" on Thursday, February 15, at 6:30 p.m. in CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue. The event is free, but reservations are requested.

One of the most high-profile writers and speakers in the state, Nelson will discuss modern trends in media consumption, how they are affecting the media landscape in Arkansas, and what consumers of news and information can do to ensure quality journalism in the state going forward.

Nelson is senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He writes three columns a week and essays for the cover of the newspaper's Sunday Perspective section. He is the author of three books: the first full-length biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, a biography of Arkansas educator Ben Elrod, and a collection of essays about Arkansas. He also writes a popular blog known as Rex Nelson's Southern Fried and makes regular television and radio appearances.

Nelson served for almost a decade as the policy and communications director for Governor Mike Huckabee and then served for four years in the administration of President George W. Bush as one of the president's two appointees to the Delta Regional Authority. He has been inducted into the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. In 2016, Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission named Nelson as its Rural Advocate of the Year for the state of Arkansas.

Fred K. Darragh Jr. served on CALS Board of Directors, in part, as Board President. The lectures were established in 1998 in honor of his contributions to public libraries and reflect his interest in civil liberties, international friendship, intellectual freedom, and education.

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