Patrick McGrath

Retired National Correspondent, WTTG-TV (Churchton, MD)

They were the ‘Camelot’ years, my time at Marquette. John F. Kennedy was president and for an Irish Catholic like me, it was a heady, idealistic time. I graduated determined to become a political reporter in the nation’s capital. When I made it to Washington in 1972, Camelot was long gone. Memories of assassinations and urban riots were fresh. Vietnam War protests were ongoing and Watergate was about to unfold. Not what I expected but I did not become a cynical reporter. My Marquette experience had persuaded me that responsible, fair and accurate journalism is vital to our communities and our country, even more so when times are difficult – and not Camelot.”


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