Fox News journalist to address SC State University’s fall graduates

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

On Saturday, Dec. 14, South Carolina State University will confer more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degrees on students during the university’s fall Commencement Convocation. The convocation ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center located on the campus of SC State University.

Kelly Wright

Kelly Wright
Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Kelly Wright will deliver the commencement address. Wright is a general assignment reporter for the Fox News Channel (FNC).  As a general assignments reporter, based at the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau, Wright reports major breaking national news and special reports seen by FNC viewers worldwide.  As co-anchor of the network’s signature weekend newscast, “America’s News Headquarters,” he brings the latest national and international news headlines, interviewing celebrities, politicians and many of the world’s most compelling newsmakers. The “America’s News Headquarters” program is  also home for Wright’s franchise feature series, “Beyond the Dream,” which focuses on people, places and events that have a positive impact on the world.  Recently, SC State University and the vision of President Thomas J. Elzey were the focus of the “Beyond the Dream” series.


With nearly four decades of newsgathering experience, Wright’s professional portfolio encompasses an extensive range of other high profile coverage. In April 2007, Wright secured an exclusive sit-down with First Lady Laura Bush where she responded to the Virginia Tech massacres, Hurricane Katrina recovery and President George W. Bush’s final term.

Earlier in 2005, he reported from Tampa, Fla., on the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case. In 2004, Wright spent nearly three months reporting on the developments in Iraq. He was among the first reporters to cover the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the subsequent court martial cases held in Baghdad. Wright also spent time embedded with U.S. and British troops, reporting on the military's humanitarian efforts in Baghdad, Basrah and Mosul and provided coverage on U.S. forces training Iraqi security forces. Additionally, he reported on the historic U.S. handover of sovereignty to Iraq.

Wright previously served as a co-host on "Fox & Friends Weekend." Most recently, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College in Atlanta for his "Beyond the Dream" series.

Wright began his journalism career in 1977 while serving in the United States Army and has received numerous awards for his reporting, including two local Emmy Awards for producing and reporting a documentary and news series on the transatlantic slave trade.

A graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., Wright is an ordained minister and gospel recording artist.  He is married and is the father of three grown children and a grandfather.  He and his wife, Loretta, live in Germantown, Md.

For additional information on the upcoming commencement convocation, contact Elizabeth Mosely-Hawkins, director of public relations, at (803) 533-3681 or (803) 378-4781.