Panel Discussion: Journalism and Its Coverage of the Steroid Crisis in Sports, Oct. 18

Oct. 12, 2010

Event: Athletes have allegedly been using steroids and performance-enhancing drugs for more than 20 years, yet it's only over the past five years that the issue has received significant attention from sports journalists. Last week, ABC and ESPN play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger said he doesn't trust journalists when they report about steroids.

Malcolm Moran, the John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State University, and Steven Ungerleider, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, will discuss journalism and its coverage of the steroid crisis in sports today. Michael Cramer, director of the Texas Program in Sports and Media, will moderate the discussion.

Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. For more information, e-mail Christopher Hart with the Texas Program in Sports and Media.

When: 3 p.m., Oct. 18

Where: LBJ Room (CMA 5.160) in the College of Communication on The University of Texas at Austin campus. A map is available online.

Background: Moran brings nearly 30 years of experience as an award-winning sports journalist at USA Today, The New York Times, Newsday and Chicago Tribune to his position as the inaugural John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society.

Ungerleider is a licensed psychologist at Integrated Research Services, Incorporated in Eugene, Ore. Since 1984, he has served on the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry and has consulted with a number of international sport federations. He is the author of "Faust's Gold," the definitive English-language account of East Germany's athlete doping machine.

Cramer is director of the Texas Program in Sports and Media. As former president of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Stars, he is an authority on the business of sports, collective bargaining and mega-stadiums. He also has expert insight on sports and its impact on American society and culture. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin, he was a professor in the Tisch School of Sports Management at New York University.

This event is sponsored by the Texas Program in Sports and Media with additional support from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

For more information, contact: Erin Geisler, KUT Radio, Moody College of Communication, (512) 475-8071; Christopher Hart, 512-471-2431.