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Award-winning Washington Post columnist and best-selling novelist David Ignatius will deliver the annual Weatherspoon Lecture at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School on Jan. 29.

Ignatius – who has covered the Middle East and the CIA for more than 25 years – will discuss “Foreign Affairs – How to Fix the World.”

Also an associate editor for The Washington Post, Ignatius has had a distinguished and wide-ranging career in the news business. He has served as a reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and columnist. During his journalism career, he has covered almost every Washington beat from the Pentagon to Capitol Hill.

He has written nine novels, including the “The Director,” his most recent book, and the best-seller “Body of Lies,” which director Ridley Scott adapted for a film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.

Ignatius served as the Post’s assistant managing editor for business news and, as foreign editor, supervised its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He also worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for a decade and covered the steel industry, the Justice Department, CIA, U.S. Senate and U.S. State Department. He also was the both the Middle East and chief diplomatic correspondent.

Ignatius will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Koury Auditorium at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Please email to register for the free talk. Free parking will be available in the Business School parking deck.

The Weatherspoon Lecture was created with a generous gift from longtime UNC Chapel-Hill and UNC Kenan-Flagler supporters Van and Kay Weatherspoon. The series provides lectures by outstanding visiting scholars and world leaders from the fields of politics, education, business and government. The purpose of these lectures is to enrich the professional lives of members of the UNC Kenan-Flagler community and provoke interesting discussion and debate.