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LA Times Columnist Steve Lopez Accepts Honorary Degree

The first honorary doctorate handed out by San Jose State University in 1963 went to John F. Kennedy. Since that time, slightly less than two dozen have been awarded, the latest being LA Times city columnist Steve Lopez on Friday, April 29th.

During his acceptance speech (which you can watch below), Dr. Lopez shared some reminiscences about his days at school newspaper the Spartan Daily and ended with advice aimed specifically at the journalism grads in the audience. “Whoever you’re going after, give them hell,” he advised. “And please, do not try to take my job.”

In February, Lopez wrote a column about his thoughts upon first being notified of the honor bestowed upon him by his Alma Mater. A reminder that for this guy, everything is potential material.

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