News Anchor Michael Cogdill to Speak on State of the Media at Event Celebrating 30th Anniversary of UNC Asheville’s Department of Mass Communication


Award-winning television journalist Michael Cogdill will give a public talk, Great Underestimations, as part of UNC Asheville's Department of Mass Communication's celebration of its 30th anniversary and the university’s 90th anniversary. This event begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall, and is free and open to everyone

A 1984 graduate of UNC Asheville, Cogdill anchors the nightly news on WYFF-TV in Greenville, S.C., and is a winner of the National Edward R. Murrow Award and 29 Emmys. He also has garnered the South Carolina Broadcasters Association Star Award, a South Carolina Television Journalist Award, and is a multiple-time winner of the Radio and Television News Director Association of the Carolinas Award.

“We are honored that Michael Cogdill will serve as the keynote speaker to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Department of Mass Communication,” said Don Diefenbach, professor and chair of mass communication. “Mr. Cogdill has been a friend to the department and the university for decades, and it will be great to welcome him for a homecoming here at UNC Asheville.” 

For more information, contact Diefenbach at or 828.251.6731.