Gainesville, Fla., May 1, 2019 — Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York Times bestselling author, has been named the 2019 Institute for Public Relations Distinguished Lecturer. He will speak at the 2019 IPR Annual Distinguished Lecture and Awards Dinner, IPR’s biggest fundraiser, on November 19 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

Leibovich specializes in national politics, media and profiles of public figures. He is the author of four books, the bestselling This Town and his most recent one from 2018, Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times. In Big Game, Leibovich went deep inside the world of the NFL, from the owners’ meeting to the draft to the sidelines of crucial games, revealing the existential fear lurking underneath an era of explosive growth.

Leibovich has previously worked for the Washington bureau of the New York Times where he covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, the Obama presidency and more. Before joining the New York Times, he wrote for The Washington Post and the San Jose Mercury News. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award, and The Atlantic called him Washington’s “most important journalist.”

“We are honored to have Mark Leibovich as the 2019 IPR Distinguished Lecturer,” said Leslie Gaines-Ross, Chief Reputation Strategist at Weber Shandwick and IPR Trustee. “Mark has a wealth of knowledge he can share with us from his career as a highly regarded political journalist in Washington, D.C. We are looking forward to hearing his insights.”

At the dinner, Leibovich will discuss political journalism and looking ahead at the impact of societal shifts. He will also talk about the National Football League’s escalating crisis and culture.

Tickets for the Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner are available for $500 each. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $5,000 and a limited number of premium tables of 10 are available for $10,000. The price includes a networking cocktail reception (sponsored by the UF College of Journalism and Communications), the awards dinner, and the Distinguished Lecture. All tickets may be purchased on our website or by contacting Nikki at


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