When Truth Mattered is the gripping account of the Kent State shootings by Bob Giles, who was a young newspaper editor at the Akron Beacon Journal on the fateful day of May 4, 1970. He takes you inside the turmoil and drama of the newsroom when bullets exploded at Kent State University, leaving four students dead and nine wounded. The heart-pounding story captures the flash of National Guard rifles and the stress of reporters trying to sort fact from fiction for a horrified world wanting to know the “what” and “why”. Their efforts to pursue the truth—a tragedy that has haunted the nation for 50 years and dramatically changed the Vietnam War debate—earned the reporting team a Pulitzer Prize.
The coverage created a truthful narrative that has stood the test of time and shows why high journalistic standards must still be applied today, no matter what the news source.
Doors open at 6:00 PM for music, Morsels, and a cash bar. The stage event begins at 7:00 PM, followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.