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HGTV Founder Receives Honorary Degree, Tells Grads to Listen, Learn, Love

Ken Lowe receiving Honorary Degree

Ken Lowe, CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive and founder of HGTV, received an honorary doctorate in humane letters during the College of Communication and Information ceremony on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Lowe spoke to graduates about his own career and some of the life lessons he’s learned along the way.

“I’ve never regretted a single day since I dedicated myself to turning the dream of HGTV into reality,” he said, joking that he tried to get the network’s popular Property Brothers to come with him.

HGTV Founder to Receive Honorary Degree at CCI Commencement

Ken Lowe

Ken Lowe, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., will receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Tennessee at the College of Communication and Information’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony on May 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Thompson Boling Arena. Lowe will also deliver the commencement speech to the graduates.

Experts: Trump Not First President to Have Strained Relationship with Press

MartinezRoessnerDonald Trump is not the first president to have a strained relationship with the media.

Associate Professor Amber Roessner and Assistant Professor Michael Martinez, both from UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media, say many presidents—and their press secretaries—have at times been at odds with the press.

“While many presidents may have had conflicts with the media, they also recognized that they needed access to each other,” Martinez said. “With the advent of Twitter and the current president, that is changing.”

UT's Sixth Annual Social Media Week Features Experts, Sports Personality

Social Media Week 2017The sixth annual Social Media Week at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will kick off Monday, Feb. 27, and continue through Thursday, March 2.

All UT Social Media Week events are free and open to the public. 

Panel discussions — on topics ranging from politics to sports to crisis management to entertainment — will feature social professionals, many of them UT alumni, representing organizations such as ESPN College GameDay, POLITICO, World Food Championships, the Tombras Group and area media outlets.

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