Award Winning Canandaigua Native To Speak at FLCC

Award-winning television writer and Canandaigua native Michael Winship will share nearly 40 years of behind-the-scenes work with well-known names in the world of television and politics when he speaks at Finger Lakes Community College on Sunday, Oct. 21.


Winship’s talk, “From Monty Python to Bill Moyers: A Life Inside the TV Trade,” launches the second season of the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum lecture series.


Kevin Doran, anchor and managing editor at WROC TV/FOX Rochester, will serve as moderator in a relaxed talk show-style atmosphere in the new FLCC auditorium, starting at 4 p.m.


“Michael has met so many interesting people he is sure to have some great anecdotes that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Caroline Delavan, one of the founders of the community-based committee that launched the lecture series last year.


The next speaker in the series is pollster John Zogby on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. He will draw on years of detailed research to offer a picture of where America is headed. The final speaker on Sunday, May 5, 2013, is Catherine Bertini, who ran the United Nations World Food Program for 10 years and was recognized for her work to prevent starvation in North Korea, Afghanistan, Bosnia and other areas.


Season tickets are $79 to $99 for all three events, depending on seating. Patron season tickets, which include entry to a reception with each speaker, are $175. Single event tickets are $29 to $39. Tickets are on sale online at, by phone at (585) 785-1386 or email at


Winship has written for crooner and actor Frank Sinatra, Bill and Hillary Clinton, actress Julie Andrews, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and historian David McCullough, among many others. The topics he has covered range from Native American history to theories on the origin of the universe to the Korean War.


Winship was nominated for the Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Writing nine times, receiving it in 2004 and 2009 for commentaries written with Bill Moyers. He is co-editor of the book “Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues” (Public Affairs Television, Inc., 2011).


As union president of the Writers Guild of America, he was a key player in the tumultuous and public 100-day strike from November 2007 to February 2008 that sent TV shows into repeats and halted movie production.


Winner of a 2009 Emmy for writing, Winship has worked for The Discovery and Learning channels, major PBS stations, CBS and National Geographic, among others.


The George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum is named for the late George M. Ewing Sr., who passed away in September 2009 at the age of 87. He was the long-time editor and publisher of the Daily Messenger, later to become Messenger Post Media.


He and his late wife, M.M. Ewing, were philanthropic leaders in Canandaigua for many years and strong supporters of educated discourse on world topics that hit home locally. The philanthropic tradition has continued through his son, George M. Ewing Jr., and his family, who provided funding to launch the series in 2011. The Winship event will be preceded by the 3 p.m. dedication of the George M. Ewing Sr. Atrium at FLCC’s new Student Center, also made possible through contributions from the Ewing family. The dedication is open to the public at no cost.

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