Gene Policinski
Start: January 23, 2019 8 p.m.
End: January 23, 2019 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal Hall - Student Center

Contact Details

Department of Journalism

Professional-in-Residence Speaker

Gene Policinski, who is president and chief operating officer of the Freedom Forum Institute, will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Pittenger Student Center's Cardinal Hall.

First Amendment Expert

A veteran multimedia journalist, Policinski writes, lectures and appears regularly in print, online and broadcast programs and interviews on First Amendment issues. He hosts or co-hosts a variety of online audio and video programs produced by the Freedom Forum Institute, including “The First Five” podcast, and since 2004 has been co-author of the nationally distributed weekly commentary “Inside the First Amendment.”

Policinski began his professional journalism career in May 1969, while still a student at Ball State, at the Greenfield (Indiana) Daily Reporter. In 1972, he joined the Marion (Indiana) Chronicle-Tribune as a reporter and then covered the Indiana General Assembly as a legislative correspondent. From 1976 to 1979, he was Indianapolis bureau chief for Gannett News Service.

In 1979, he moved to the GNS Washington bureau, and in late 1981 joined the prototype team working on USA TODAY. He was Washington (D.C.) editor of the newspaper when it launched Sept. 15, 1982, and held several news executive positions at the paper – including Page One editor and managing editor/sports – before leaving in 1996 and joining the nonprofit foundation Freedom Forum.

Honored Alumnus

A 1972 graduate of Ball State University, Policinski serves on the Ball State Dean’s Executive Advisory Council of the College of Communications, Information, and Media and on the Journalism Alumni Society board. He was inducted in 1991 into the Ball State Journalism Hall of Fame and was a recipient in 1996 of the university's Distinguished Alumni Award.