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2013 Krieger Memorial Lecture to Feature Comedian and Political Satirist Mo Rocca

Comedian and political satirist Mo Rocca, a correspondent for the television program CBS News Sunday Morning, will discuss “Fake News vs. Real News: Just How Fine is the Line?” in a live interview with Vassar senior Louise Dufresne on Tuesday, February 5 at 8:00pm in the Students’ Building second floor auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rocca is best known for his offbeat news reports and satirical commentary. In addition to his role at CBS, he is also a panelist on NPR’s weekly quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and the host and creator of Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learns to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers across the country. Rocca spent four seasons as a correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Rocca’s latest project, Electoral Dysfunction, is a feature-length documentary film exploring voting in America and the consequences of a constitution that doesn’t include the right to vote. Throughout, he encounters a range of activists, experts, and election administrators, along with some highly opinionated third graders, who offer commentary on how voting works—or doesn’t work—in America. He is also the author of All the Presidents’ Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over and a judge on the cooking show Iron Chef America.

Vassar senior Louise Dufresne ’13, an American culture major, will interview Rocca. The Vassar senior interned this past summer for the Washington, D.C., bureau of the CBS News program Face the Nation, and later worked for CBS at the Democratic National Convention. Dufresne has also interned with CNBC, and she chairs the Youth Advisory Committee of the News Literacy Project, a nonprofit that brings professional journalists into public schools to help students sharpen their critical thinking skills. An avid writer of letters to the editor, Dufresne has published five in the New York Times. She hails from Princeton, N.J.


This annual lecture series is given in memory of a Vassar student, Alex Krieger, who was killed in an automobile accident during the spring of his freshman year. One of Krieger’s keenest interests was distinguished American writing that incorporates humor as a primary element. In consultation with his family, Vassar has invited outstanding American writers and humorists to deliver the annual speech, including Tom Wolfe, Wendy Wasserstein, John Irving, P. J. O’Rourke, Calvin Trillin, Jules Feiffer, Oliver Sacks, Tony Kushner, David Sedaris, Michael Chabon, Sarah Vowell, Gail Collins, Augusten Burroughs, Frank Rich, Ira Glass, and, most recently, Andy Borowitz.