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Helene Cooper, White House correspondent for The New York Times, will give the Nelson Benton Lecture at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication on March 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.

Her talk, titled “Covering the President,” is free and open to the public.

Before covering the White House, Cooper was the diplomatic correspondent for the Times for three years, after a stint on the Times’ editorial page as assistant editor.

Cooper joined the Times in 2004 after working for 12 years at The Wall Street Journal, covering international trade, foreign policy and economics out of the newspaper’s Atlanta, Washington and London bureaus.

She is a graduate of Carolina’s J-school and delivered its spring commencement address in 2010.

Cooper is a native of Monrovia, Liberia, and is the author of The New York Times bestseller, “The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood.”

The Nelson Benton Lecture Series, which brings distinguished journalists to the school, was established by family and friends of the longtime CBS News anchor and reporter who died in 1988.

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Published March 14, 2012.