Veteran journalist Mike Boettcher to speak at NOC

September 10, 2021 | Featured|Headlines

TONKAWA — Ponca City native and award-winning war correspondent Mike Boettcher will appear at Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa Thursday, Sept. 28, as part of the NOC Renfro Lectureship Series.

  Boettcher will speak on the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in a speech, “America’s Longest War:  How we lost our way.”

  The event is sponsored by the Carl and Carolyn Renfro Endowed Lectureship Program and Northern Oklahoma College.  

Mike Boettcher

    Boettcher is recognized as one of the world’s most experienced foreign correspondents, covering wars and revolutions in every part of the globe since 1980.  He spent four of the past 20 years in Afghanistan covering America’s longest war.

  He helped launch the era of 24-hour live news coverage when on June 1, 1980, he performed the first live satellite report for CNN. In almost four decades of assignments covering global conflict for NBC News, CNN and ABC, he has witnessed, investigated and been a victim of terrorism himself. 

He was kidnapped and threatened with execution in El Salvador in 1985. Twenty years later, he survived a suicide bomber attack and a roadside bombing in Baghdad. 

Boettcher covered the emergence of modern terrorist tactics in the early 1980s in Lebanon when the U.S. Marine barracks was bombed, killing 241.

  Since 1998, when the U.S. embassies in Africa were bombed, he has been assigned to investigate every major Al Qaeda attack against American targets.  In 2000 he created and directed the CNN Terrorism Investigation Unit and led the networks investigation of the 9-11 attacks.

  Boettcher is the winner of six national Emmys and a Peabody award. He is one of five reporters in history to win national Emmy’s for three different networks. He teaches journalism at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, and serves as a Senior Fellow at the OU Center for Intelligence and National Security.

Seating is limited and social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged.

  Tickets may be purchased on a first come, first served basis beginning Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 9 a.m.

  A reserved table with seating for eight may be purchased for $400, which includes dinner in the Renfro Center at 6 p.m.  The lecture will be held at the Kinzer Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.  Dress attire is business casual.

  Individual tickets for the lecture may be purchased for $20.  The tickets are non-refundable.

  Tickets may be purchased by credit card by calling 580-628-6214 or in person at the NOC Development Office, Vineyard Library-Administration Building, NOC Tonkawa.

Former Oklahoma State Regent Carl Renfro and the late Carolyn Renfro established the Carl and Carolyn Renfro Endowed Lectureship Program with a gift in 2006. The primary purpose of the endowment is to provide support to cultivate and enhance the cultural and community enrichment offerings in northern Oklahoma to include lecture and performance series at Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa and in the Ponca City area.

  Call the Northern Oklahoma College Development Office at 580.628.6214 for additional information.

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