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Dr Eamonn Mallie: Veteran Broadcaster receives Ulster University Honorary Doctorate

local news Jul 05, 2024
Dr Eamonn Mallie

Ulster University has today celebrated veteran broadcaster Eamonn Mallie for his significant contribution to the field of journalism.

Having reported for Radio Ulster, Downtown Radio and later his own company Eamonn Mallie News Services, Eamonn has interviewed countless world leaders including President Bill Clinton, Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, President Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and architects of the Northern Ireland peace process John Hume and David Trimble.

Now hosting his own annual TV show for UTV, Eamonn has co-authored nine books covering politics, art, and poetry.  

Visiting Coleraine to receive his Honorary Doctorate from Ulster University, Eamonn said:

I was really shocked and surprised on receiving my honorary doctorate, and my family was delighted.”

The profession of journalism is addictive. I was addicted to journalism which meant I was away from home for such long periods at a time, when the Ballykelly bomb happened, I was out the door and wasn’t home for 17 hours. I went to the White House when Clinton was there each year, the fun factor with Clinton was quite remarkable he was so unpredictable, very entertaining, and incredibly bright. I also traveled to Gibraltar, Ethiopia, and Syria covering stories. Overall my advice to young journalists is don’t let the job own you.”

As the Class of 2024 celebrate their hard work and dedication across seven graduation ceremonies in Belfast, Coleraine and Derry~Londonderry,

Ulster University is honouring seven key figures in politics, journalism, the arts and community work as it bestows its Honorary Doctorates.

Eamonn joins former Irish President Mary Robinson, celebrated comedian Patrick Kielty, fashion leader Samantha Barry, renowned artist Oliver Jeffers, Sister Nuala Kelly, and community activist Betty Carlisle MBE, who are all being honoured by Ulster University this week.

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