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Day 1 ‘Clunker’ Assignment
Nets Page 1 for Cub Reporter


Erich Schwartzel (’09) describes his hectic first day at work at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in August 2009. Schwartzel, a journalism graduate, wrote an article about the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program that landed on A-1.

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Erich Schwartzel

Erich Schwartzel won the Blue Chip Award and graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in 2009. He now works as a reporter and Web manager at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His stories there have found him discussing the afterlife of zombie actors, analyzing the latest drama at Google and profiling a teenager who loves elevators. While at BU, Erich served as president of the Society of Professional Journalists and worked for a year as a correspondent for the Boston Globe—both experiences that led to his job interview at the P-G. He credits BU with encouraging a new style of reportage, one that supports true story-telling and deep thought.