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NBC News anchor, VC grad to speak at Lyceum lecture on April 6

Victoria College graduate Natasha Verma will speak on April 6 at VC’s Leo Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

Natasha Verma, a Victoria College graduate and current weekday morning anchor of NBC News in Denver, will speak at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 as a part of VC’s Lyceum Lecture Series.

The event is free and open to the public. Due to COVID protocols, seating is limited. Tickets are required to attend the event and can be reserved by calling the Welder Center Box Office at (361) 570-8587.

Verma’s lecture will also be livestreamed at VictoriaCollege.edu/Lyceum.

“Ms. Verma was originally scheduled as a speaker in the 2019-20 Lyceum Lecture Series, but the event had to be postponed due to the COVID-10 pandemic,” said Robert Hodde, who chairs Victoria College’s Lyceum Committee. “We are thrilled to finally hear her story and have our first and only Lyceum speaker this academic year be a Victoria native and graduate of Victoria College.”

After earning her associate degree from Victoria College, Verma became the youngest-ever graduate at The University of Texas at the age of 17 when she earned undergraduate degrees in broadcast journalism and biology. At the age of 18, she earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Prior to joining 9News in Denver, Verma worked at NBC10 in Boston for three years. She also worked as a reporter and anchor in New York City and Fort Myers, Fla.

In 2017, Verma was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During her chemotherapy, Verma designed cap wigs made of 100-percent human hair attached to cotton or velvet. Through her nonprofit organization, the Verma Foundation, she began the #PutACapOnCancer movement, which provides free cap wigs to women and children fighting the disease. Verma’s cancer is now in remission.

“The Lyceum’s mission is to bring the world to Victoria, so it’s exciting that someone from Victoria who has experienced so much in a short time is able to share her experiences,” Hodde said.

“I am very excited to return to my hometown and have the opportunity to talk about my life’s journey,” Verma said. “Victoria and Victoria College still hold a special place in my heart.”

Due to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, guests will be required to wear a facial covering, have their temperatures taken and pass a health screening before entering the classroom. Social distancing will also be required.

For more information, call (361) 573-3291 or visit VictoriaCollege.edu/Lyceum.