ABC News Primetime Producer Presents “Poverty, Responsibility and the Press”

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Caroiine BorgeCaroline Borge, associate producer with ABC News Primetime, will present a portion of "Waiting on the World to Change," a Diane Sawyer special Borge recently co-produced for ABC’s 20/20 newsmagazine about kids growing up in Camden, N.J., one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in America.

The April 10 event at the Divinity School, to be held in 0016 Westbrook at 12:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

In preparing the piece, Borge, the Divinity School’s spring media fellow, spent more than a year visiting Camden and filming the lives of three children there. Some of her experiences there were instructive about the relationship of the church with the poor and its role in their lives.

The presentation, to be followed by a question-and-answer period, will be introduced by David Steinmetz, Amos Ragan Kearns professor of the history of Christianity. In addition to his traditional work at Duke, Steinmetz has published about 60 opinion columns in newspapers across the country in the last three years. He also has been interviewed dozens of times on a range of church-related subjects by numerous media outlets ranging from The New York Times to National Public Radio.

Borge graduated from Colby College in 1999 with a B.A. in art history and religious studies. She worked first at Sotheby’s auction house before deciding to enter the field of television journalism, and in 2002 she joined ABC News.

She drew on her background in art and religion as researcher for 20/20’s 2003 hour "Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci," addressing the phenomenon of the novel “The Da Vinci Code.” Among other assignments, she was the associate producer for Diane Sawyer’s 2005 interview with Brad Pitt in Africa, for which she traveled to Ethiopia, and field producer for Sawyer’s 2005 hour "The Mystery of Pope Joan," which took her to Rome, France, Germany and Ireland.

Divinity-sponsored media fellows are mid-career journalists who spend four weeks at Duke, where they attend classes, meet one-on-one and in small groups with professors, study a variety of texts, and learn more about the subject matter on which they regularly report. They also are enrolled in the media fellows program of Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, which draws journalists from around the world.

Learn more about the divinity media fellows program, and read an essay by 2006 Media Fellow Mark Pinsky, author and religion writer at The Orlando Sentinel.

For details about the April 10 presentation, email Jon Goldstein or call 919-660-3416.