Journalist Howard Graves to Discuss ‘America’s Forgotten Colonies’ at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — Veteran journalist Howard Graves will talk about “America’s Forgotten Colonies” in the Pacific during a Tuesday, Nov. 17 public address at Washington State University.
A former Honolulu AP bureau chief and Society of Professional Journalists national president, Graves’ address begins 2:50 p.m. in KWSU-TV’s studio “B” in the Murrow Communications Center. Those attending are asked to be in place by the 2:50 start, said Bob Hilliard, director of WSU Student Publications, one of the co-sponsors of Graves’ visit.
In his address, Graves will discuss the United States’ relationship with Guam, the North Mariana Islands, and American Samoa, all U.S. possessions, and Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
A 42-year employee of the Associated Press, the world’s largest news agency, Graves lives in Prescott, Ariz. He led SPJ in 1981 and retired from the AP at the end of 1993.
As its leader from 1982-1993, the AP Honolulu bureau covered Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and the Central Pacific. He personally covered news in and directed AP business affairs over a three-million square mile region of the Pacific.
In addition to Student Publications, WSU News and Information Services and the university’s Murrow School of Communication also sponsor Graves’ address, part of a visit to WSU.
At WSU, Graves will work with Daily Evergreen student newspaper editors and reporters as a writing coach, and meet with communication students and Asian American Pacific Islander students. A brown bag lunch with Graves from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, in Compton Union Building, Room 220, is open to the public.
He is serving a second year as a professional member of the Northern Arizona University Student Publication Board. He also serves as a writing coach at the Gallup, N.M., Independent daily newspaper.
Graves’ background includes being AP bureau chief in Portland, Ore., and Albuquerque, N.M. He also worked in Little Rock, Ark., Helena, Mont., and Denver bureaus.
He has been on the Palouse previously. In 1956-1962, he was an AP regional membership executive, based in Portland. He traveled Washington, Idaho and Oregon, selling AP broadcast news wire to radio and TV stations and AP news features, comic strips, editorial cartoons, and special text matter to newspapers. During this time, he sold to radio stations in Pullman, Moscow and Colfax, as well as newspapers in Moscow and Lewiston.
Accompanying Graves on his visit will be his wife, Audrey Graves.