Mercer University will formally dedicate a state-of-the-art new seminar room Friday in honor of the late journalist John M. Couric, father of broadcaster Katie Couric.
The elder Couric, born in Brunswick and raised in Dublin, graduated Mercer’s class of 1941, having written for the student paper The Cluster all four years and served as editor-in-chief. He went on to report for what were then known as The Macon Telegraph, The Atlanta Constitution and the United Press wire service.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Katie Couric said her family is moved by the dedication.
“He was such a fine person, Mercer meant so much to him," she said. "It was such a life-shaping experience for him, so I can’t tell you how much it means to all of us that he will be permanently remembered in this way.”
The Couric Seminar Room is being dedicated along with the rest of Macon’s new Center for Collaborative Journalism, a building that brings Mercer together with The Telegraph and GPB.
The naming of the room reflects a Couric family financial gift to Mercer. Katie Couric says her father was concerned for the future of journalism.
“This desire for immediacy over accuracy, or gossip over a sourced, serious story...I think that he would find troubling, and did find troubling," she said.