Journalist John Christie, of Hallowell, has been named the 2014 Donald M. Murray Visiting Journalist at the University of New Hampshire.

Christie, a 1970 UNH graduate, will speak on “Leaving Journalism’s False Gods Behind” at 5 p.m. Tuesday in MUB Theater 1 on the UNH campus in Durham, N.H.

Christie will visit journalism classes and meet with the staff of The New Hampshire, the campus newspaper, while in Durham.

Christie founded the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, based in Augusta, in 2009 with his wife, Naomi Schalit. His 40-year journalism career in Massachusetts, Maine and Florida includes being publisher of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel before he founded the MCPIR.

The Donald Murray Visiting Journalist Program is named for the the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who started the UNH journalism program in 1963. It’s sponsored by the journalism and English departments of UNH, as well as the Nashua Telegraph and the McLean Contributorship.

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