College Ethics Symposium
College Ethics Symposium

David Lauderdale - 2019 Keynote Speaker 


We're pleased to have David Lauderdale as our guest speaker for our Ethics Symposium 2019.  We have been seeking David as our speaker for years and fortunately his schedule allowed him to say "yes" to our invitation. David, as a professional in the newspaper business, faces ethical decisions daily. With his industry being accussed of "fake news" daily, his perspective and how he deals with the "news" ethically will be enlighting. 



David Lauderdale is a senior editor and columnist at The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette.


He writes columns and editorials about Lowcountry life for the newspapers and their websites and social media outlets.

He has been in the Packet newsroom since 1977 in a number of capacities, including news editor, managing editor and editorial page editor.


He has twice won the President’s Award for journalism excellence. It is the highest employee honor in McClatchy, the parent company of the Packet and Gazette, with 30 daily newspapers nationwide.


He has been recognized for coverage of the environment, mental health, the Gullah culture, literacy and local history.


In the community, David was this year’s grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and he was received the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. He is included in the book, “Legendary Locals of Hilton Head.”


David grew up a preacher’s kid in Atlanta and is a graduate of Erskine College in South Carolina. His wife, Sybil, is a retired middle school teacher. Their two grown children were reared on Hilton Head Island.


He teaches an adult Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church called “Lowcountry Lessons,” and is an ordained Presbyterian elder and deacon.

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