Jim Bittermann Kicks Off University Speakers Series Sept. 7

August 22 2006

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - CNN's senior European correspondent Jim Bittermann will present "The DaVinci Code and Other Mysteries of France" at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium as part of the 2006 - 2007 University Speakers Series. A reception is planned immediately following his presentation in Heritage Lounge.

Bittermann, based in Paris, will share some of the behind the scenes stories that he has gathered since 2004 in France as the DaVinci Code grew in popularity and was made into a film. Bittermann, who has covered France, Europe and the Middle East for the past 28 years, will bring along video of a private tour of locations in Paris, including a walk through the Louvre with the famous museum's top DaVinci Code art expert, an interview with Henri Loyrette, the real-life director of the Louvre and video of the Chateau Villette, in the book owned by eccentric Englishman Leigh Teabig, but in reality owned by a Chinese-American woman who made a fortune buying and selling Silicon Valley real estate.

Since joining CNN in 1996, he has covered the death of Princess Diana in 1997, NATO air strikes on Kosovo in 1998, the earthquake in Turkey in 1999 and the World Cup soccer championships, the death of Pope and the election of a Pope, the DaVinci Code's guide to Paris, the last days of Yassir Arafat, the 60th anniversary of D-Day in 2004, and the 2000 Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.

Bittermann joined CNN from ABC News, where he was a Paris news correspondent from 1990-1996. During his years with ABC, he covered the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War and the Middle East peace process and U.S. deployment in Somalia.

From 1978-1990, Bittermann was a European correspondent for NBC News. Based in Rome from 1978-1979, he covered two Papal transitions and the travels of Pope John Paul II. From 1980-1990, he was based in Paris. He received a national news Emmy Award for his coverage of the 1988 Sudan famine.

Prior to NBC, Bittermann was a Toronto-based correspondent and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s newsmagazine. He also worked as a reporter for WKYC-TV in Cleveland and WQED-TV, a public television station in Pittsburgh.

In 1971-1972, Bittermann traveled the national presidential campaign staffs of Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana and Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine. He began his career in broadcast journalism in 1970 at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, after one year as a newspaper reporter with the Waukegan News-Sun in Waukegan, Ill. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University.

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Contact: Linda Crossett, University Speaker Series, 812.237.8479 or Mark Edwards, Marketing & Communications, 812.237.8512

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

ISU Communications & Marketing: 812.237.3773, http://isunews.indstate.edu

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CNN's senior European correspondent Jim Bittermann will present "The DaVinci Code and Other Mysteries of France" at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium as part of the 2006 - 2007 University Speakers Series. A reception is planned immediately following his presentation in Heritage Lounge.

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