TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel delivered the commencement address at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts today. In his remarks, he discussed the state of the news media, and had a little bit of fun with last year’s Wheaton speaker, incoming “Today” co-anchor Ann Curry:
Before I give a really important speech like this, I like to consult with colleagues of mine in the media. So I Googled Ann Curry and then I called her. And I said I’m going to talk about the media today and I wanted to talk to her about it. And we’re talking for a bit and she was weirdly uninformed about what I wanted to talk about, and I told her so. And she said, ‘Well, I’m Ann Curry from Springfield, Illinois. I’m an insurance claims adjuster.’ Well, imagine my surprise. The wrong Ann Curry.”
That got a laugh from the crowd. Stengel is referring to Curry’s speech last year in which she listed some of the prestigious alumni of Wheaton, except she got the wrong Wheaton — the one in Illinois.
But Stengel had a point in his humorous anecdote: