06/19/2006

(Editors, News Directors: Mr. Siegel’s speech is at 1 p.m. in WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center. WVU students and staff, Cancer Center patients, friends and others will attend by invitation. If you would like to cover this speech, please contact Sherry Stoneking, MBRCC, (304) 293-4599)

Good Morning America Film Critic Joel Siegel to Deliver DeLynn Lecture at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— Good Morning America  film critic Joel Siegel will share his personal experience with cancer when he visits West Virginia University on June 21.  Siegel will speak to friends, students, and faculty and staff, during the annual Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and Jean and Laurence DeLynn Lecture at 1 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center.

A six-time Emmy Award winner and a member of the GMA family at

WABC-TV since 1981, Siegel uses a unique blend of humor and insight, to provide viewers with informative and entertaining movie reviews.  His annual Oscar reports and profiles have been a popular feature on the GMA program and his prime-time special, Joel Siegel’s Road to the Academy Awards, has been broadcast over 15 years and is syndicated to more than 150 markets world-wide.  Siegel is also the entertainment critic of WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News.

The title of Siegel’s talk at WVU is “Living with Cancer.”

At the age of 57, Siegel learned he would become a father for the first time.  Two weeks later he was diagnosed with colon cancer. 

In his book, Lessons for Dylan, Siegel recounts the many chapters of his life for his son, including the death of his first wife from cancer and his own bouts with the disease.

He is President and co-founder (with actor Gene Wilder) of “Gilda’s Club,” a New York-based organization named in honor of the late comic Gilda Radner.   The non-profit facility provides emotional and social support for cancer patients, their family and friends.

Siegel graduated cum laude from UCLA and before his television career, was a radio newscaster, book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, and freelance writer for Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated

He was the first drama critic ever to receive a Tony Award nomination for writing the book for The First, a Broadway musical about baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

Mr. Siegel resides in Manhattan with his wife and son.

His lecture is made possible through the DeLynn family whose generosity has brought many speakers of national stature to the WVU campus for more than twodecades.

The DeLynn’s personal leadership and generosity have helped enable the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center to make a significant difference in the war against cancer. Thousands of people from West Virginia and beyond have benefited from their support over the Center’s history, and many more will benefit in the years ahead.  

For more information about the June 21 lecture, call 304-293-3711.

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center (304) 293-4599
sstoneking@hsc.wvu.edu
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