Listening to a Former Death Row Inmate

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Human rights speaker Anthony Graves talks to HSU journalism student Geneva Peppars after his keynote address.

By Geneva Peppars

Members of the HSU Journalism Club gathered at the College Media Association Convention to hear a keynote speech by Anthony Graves, a man exonerated from death row due in large part to the power of  investigative journalism. Graves spent 18 years behind bars for being falsely convicted of brutally murdering  four children, one teenager and their grandmother with no evidence. He spent 16 years in solitary confinement with 12 of those years on death row. He escaped two scheduled execution dates. Graves is the 138th person to be exonerated from death row in the U.S.  He is now serves on the Board of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty as well as being a captivating motivational speaker and an Emmy Award winner. During his speech, Graves had powerful words for the student journalists.

“Good Journalism saves lives,” he said.  “We  need journalists to tell the truth. No favoritism only fact finding .”

He emphasized the importance doing our homework and making sure to leave no rock unturned.


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