Soledad O'Brien Will Give Lesher Lecture

Soledad O'Brien will speak at the Newsmakers Lesher Speaker Series.

The talks feature guest speakers and a question and answer session. Each lecture also benefits a local nonprofit.

This sold-out series for this fall also includes Tom Brokaw, Christopher Hitchens, Dr. Jane Goodall, and F.W. de Klerk wrap up the season in 2011.

Soledad O'Brien will be the third and final Lesher speaker on November 1. It's a return to the area for O'Brien who was a local reporter and bureau chief for KRON in San Francisco from 1993 through 1996.

Dean Lesher was devoted to promoting opportunities for community discourse, and audience questions are a vital part of each program, says his grandson Steve Lesher, who produces the series.He was the publisher of the Contra Costa Times, and was inspired to start the series by the 19th and 20th century summer educational camps known as the Chautauqua Lectures. He dreamed of recreating those talks in Walnut Creek, CA, bringing national and international world leaders from the fields of politics, media, sports and entertainment to the theater. Past seasons have presented Colin Powell, Woodward and Bernstein, Candace Bushnell, Dr. Sally Ride, Jay Leno, Steve Young, and Jehan Sadat.
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