Photo Caption: Roger Ailes
FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes will present "FOX News: Past, Present and Future," during a public lecture Monday, May 21, at Ohio University.
Sponsored by the George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics and Institutions at OU, Ailes will be speaking about the history and purpose of FOX News and the role the network plays in American political life.
"We are really excited about Ailes' visit to present to the Washington Forum," Robert G. Ingram, director of the Forum, said in a news release. "The Forum's mission is to promote intellectual diversity on this campus and to foster civil and forthright debate about thorny issues in politics, culture and philosophy. We think that Roger Ailes will help to do just that and we think that his visit will be an exciting opportunity for students."
A 1962 OU alumnus, Ailes served as WOUB Radio's student station manager for two years before embarking on a career as a television producer and executive. In 1996, he oversaw the creation and launch of 24-hour FOX News Channel, eventually surpassing CNN in the ratings to become the top news channel in America.
Prior to establishing FOX, Ailes enjoyed a long and high-profile career in American politics, serving as an adviser to the campaigns of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Monday's lecture is open to the public and will be held at 7:15 p.m. in the fourth-floor Baker University Center Ballroom.