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Carleton Convocation Chronicles Journey from Northfield to Hollywood

October 14, 2013

Award-winning television writer and producer Bob Daily, Carleton College Class of 1982, will present the College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Oct. 18 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Adventures in Television: My Journey From Carleton to Hollywood (with Cameo Appearances by Elvis and Schiller),” Daily’s presentation will highlight his unique professional path, taking him from the Nourse Little Theater to the stages of "Frasier" and "Desperate Housewives," with stops along the way at a Texas comedy club, Spy magazine, the Nickelodeon cartoon show "Rugrats," and an Elvis impersonator convention.  This event is free and open to the public. Carleton’s convocations are also streamed online and can be viewed at

Daily is currently developing new television series for CBS. He recently ended a six-year stint as executive producer and head writer for the hit ABC series, "Desperate Housewives," where he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. He also spent five seasons as a writer and producer at NBC’s "Frasier," writing fifteen episodes (one of which was included in the book The Very Best of Frasier).  At "Frasier" he won two consecutive Writers Guild of America Awards in the category of "Outstanding Script - Television Comedy," and was nominated for an Emmy Award. 

A 1982 graduate of Carleton College with a BA in English, Daily began his career as a journalist in Chicago, and has published six books for children. His biography Elvis Presley: The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Franklin Watts, 1996) was named one of the year’s best books for young readers by the New York Public Library. 

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Office of College Relations. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First Street, between College and Winona Streets, in Northfield.