During her career, Marjorie Lewis has been a sportswriter, teacher, author, playwright and screenwriter. Now, she can add an endowment to her list of career accomplishments.
The inaugural Marjorie Herrera Lewis Endowed Speaker Series kicks off at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at Texas Wesleyan’s Martin Hall. Bestselling local author David Thomas is the featured speaker and will talk about the art of writing. A panel of TWU journalism students will conduct a Q&A, and the audience also can ask questions.
“This is my thank you to the Star-Telegram for the opportunities it gave me,” says Lewis, who started her journalism career at the newspaper, where she covered everything from TWU men’s basketball to tennis and was a beat writer for the Dallas Cowboys. “Now, I’d like the Texas Wesleyan students to benefit as well.”
Thomas, a longtime editor, sportswriter and humor columnist for the Star-Telegram, has written eight books, including two New York Times bestsellers — Wrestling for My Life with WWE superstar Shawn Michaels and Foxcatcher with Mark Schultz, Olympic and two-time World Championship wrestler. He’s working on Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us Into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic with Fort Worth residents Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber. It will be published in July.
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More important, Thomas once took a sportswriting class at UTA from Lewis.
“It’s an honor to be asked by Marjorie and Texas Wesleyan to be a part of this event,” he says. “Marjorie provided a big boost to my career when I was a journalism student at UTA. She has always had a true heart for helping young people pursue their careers, and I believe that Texas Wesleyan students and Fort Worth are going to benefit for a long time because of Marjorie’s efforts in creating this new speakers series.”
— Celeste Williams
Marjorie Herrera Lewis Endowed Speaker Series
▪ 12:15 Tuesday
▪ Martin Hall, Texas Wesleyan University
1309 Wesleyan St., Fort Worth
▪ Featured speaker: bestselling author David Thomas