Neal Conan, host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, is a journalist I respect because he unfailingly maintains a civil, thoughtful approach on the air.

That’s one reason I’m looking forward to joining a panel on journalism ethics with him at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Hawaii.

The title of the event, moderated by Hawaii Public Radio’s Beth-Ann Kozlovich, is “Keeping a Clean Shop in the Marketplace of Ideas: A Discussion of Journalism Ethics.”

Another reason I’m looking forward to the conversation is that it’ll be a chance to talk with Beth-Ann in person. Most mornings I join Beth-Ann for the “Reality Check” segment on her daily show, The Conversation. But usually I’m talking with her from our offices in Kaimuki. It’s always more fun to talk in person.

Also on the panel at the UH/Manoa School of Architecture auditorium, will be Honolulu Star-Advertiser reporter Mike Gordon and Gerald Kato, associate professor of journalism at UH and a member of the Media Council Hawaii. I’ve yet to meet Mike, but I know from reading his byline that he brings a wealth of experience. And Gerald is somebody I’ve come to know and respect for his work at UH and on the media council.

Tickets are $10 general admission and free to students with ID. Seating is limited. Advance reservations may be made by calling 955-8821 during business hours or going to

Conan brings a national perspective to the conversation. His call-in show reaches 3.4 million listeners a week on more than 300 NPR stations. I always enjoy listening to him.

Maybe some of you will want to come on by and join us for the evening. I hope to see you there.

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