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Caulfield Lecture: Fox 45 anchors to discuss experience covering death of Freddie Gray and community reaction

| By Stephanie Weaver
Jennifer Gilbert and Kai Jackson
Jennifer Gilbert and Kai Jackson
Loyola University Maryland welcomes Jennifer Gilbert and Kai Jackson, co-anchors of the Fox 45 Evening News on WBFF-TV in Baltimore, for the 28th annual Caulfield Lecture on Thursday, April 21, at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall. This year’s lecture, “Baltimore One Year Later: Reporting on the Riots, the Repercussions, and Recovery,” will focus on the co-anchors’ experience covering the death of Freddie Gray, and the resulting community reaction. 

The event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.  

Gilbert, an Emmy award-winning television news anchor, joined Fox 45 in 1993. She has covered national and international stories, including Hurricane Katrina and the Baltimore Ravens’ victory in Super Bowl XLVII. Gilbert has won six Capital Region Emmy Awards, and numerous awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. She was also named “Best News Anchor” by Baltimore magazine. 

Prior to Fox 45, Gilbert reported for Florida Today in Melbourne, Fla., and WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pa. She is originally from Oxford, Pa. She is a graduate of Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Gilbert enjoys working with numerous community organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the March of Dimes, the Arthritis Foundation, and the American Heart Association.  

Jackson, a veteran journalist with more than 28 years of experience, became the main co-anchor on Fox 45 Evening News in 2015. Prior to Fox 45, Jackson was a reporter, anchor, and talk show host at WJZ-TV CBS 13 in Baltimore for 20 years. He also spent a year as the national correspondent covering accountability and government waste at WJLA-TV ABC 7 in Arlington, Va.

Jackson is the co-founder of DocYourmentary, a film company dedicated to short documentaries, short feature films, and corporate videos. Jackson is a member of several professional and social organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, the International Documentary Association, the Television Internet Video Association, and the National Association of Black Journalists. He is the former president of the Association of Black Media Workers of Baltimore and the former deputy director of the National Association of Black Journalists Region III. 

About the Caulfield Lecture:
Now in its 28th year, the Caulfield Lecture series at Loyola was established by the family of Clarence J. Caulfield, a 1922 alumnus who spent 26 years as an editor at The Baltimore Sun and was a mentor to such prominent writers as J. Anthony Lukas and Russell T. Baker. Hosted by the communication department, the Caulfield Lecture brings journalists and commentators of national stature to Loyola every year. 
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