Marie Brenner, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist, to Speak at Friends of The Libraries’ Annual Meeting

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(Boston) – Marie Brenner, award-winning investigative journalist and writer-at-large for Vanity Fair, will speak about her life and career at the Friends of the Libraries of Boston University’s annual meeting on May 2, 2005, previewing her exhibition entitled MARIE BRENNER: Insider Investigations, sponsored by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. The exhibition will open, free to the public, May 3, 2005 and will run through August 2005 on the main floor of Mugar Library during regular library hours.

The exhibition includes books, manuscripts, and printed pieces, featuring several of Brenner’s profiles published in Vanity Fair on former New York Mayor Ed Koch, crime boss John Gotti, and recent California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Schriver, to name a few. The manuscript of one of her latest best-selling books, “HOUSE OF DREAMS: The Binghams of Louisville (1988),” will also be on display.

Brenner is an investigative journalist not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Currently writer-at-large for Vanity Fair, her articles have ranged from an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Olympics bombing suspect Richard Jewell to an in-depth award winning report on the alleged police beating of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in December of 1997. Her explosive article on corporate whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand and the tobacco wars in May of 1996 was one of the longest in Vanity Fair’s history. It became the basis for the 1999 film The Insider, nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. She has also written on the unraveling of Ross Perot’s first presidential campaign and was one of the first to report on the phenomenon of stalking.

Prior to Vanity Fair, Brenner was a staff writer at The New Yorker, beginning in 1992. She began her career as a story editor for Paramount Pictures on the East Coast. In 1976 she became a contributing editor at New York magazine before moving to London to work as a freelance foreign correspondent covering the Middle East and Europe. Upon returning to the United States in 1979, Brenner joined the Boston Herald and became the first woman baseball columnist in the American League, traveling with the Red Sox for the 1979 season. Brenner has received a number of awards for her work in journalism and is the author of five books including the best-seller “GREAT DAMES: What I Learned from Older Women” (2000). She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Brenner’s life’s work is housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center along with the archives of more than 2,000 other notable figures.

For further information, please contact Laura Russo at 617-353-3696.