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White House Correspondent April D. Ryan
is SUSLA's Spring 2012 Commencement Speaker

May 14, 2012

Bill "Sharp" Strother
Director-Office of University Communications & Public Relations

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SHREVEPORT, LA - Southern University at Shreveport will hold its 2012 Commencement this Tuesday, May 15th, 7p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center.  The guest speaker is April D. Ryan, Washington Bureau Chief White House Correspondent at American Urban Radio Networks.

  April D. Ryan, a 30-year journalism veteran, has been the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997, covering three Presidents.  Along with daily responsibilities at the White House, Ryan hosts the daily feature, The White House Report, which is broadcast to AURN’s nearly 475 affiliated stations nationwide.  Ryan also hosts a new Digital television program for Colours TV called the “White House Report”, with April Ryan where minority America is given the White House perspective on matters specific to their community.  Ryan is also a regular panelist on Washington Watch with Roland Martin for TV ONE.

 Prior to working for AURN, Ryan worked for several radio stations in Baltimore, including WXYV-FM, where she was news director.  Over the past 14 years, Ryan has conducted one-on-one interviews with then Presidential candidate Barack Obama and wife, Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, South African President Thabo Mbeki, Senator John Kerry and a host of others.  Ryan has been credited by a White House historian as having the most radio interviews with then President Bill Clinton during his White House years.  In January 2009, Ryan provided presidential perspectives and insights on the inauguration of Barack Obama for TVOne and its historic coverage of the ceremony.

Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana, an institution within the Southern University System, seeks to provide a quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates and associate degrees as well as offering courses and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities.  Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.

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