Boston University College of Communication Celebrates More than 30 Years of Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalism

in BU In the Community, College of Communication, Humanities/Social Science, International, News Releases, Student News
November 15th, 2005

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 | devenea@bu.edu

(Boston) — Boston University’s College of Communication will celebrate BU alumni awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism in a two-day event on Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18. The celebration will include a series of panels in which the prize-winning journalists will address the integral issues affecting journalism today.

In 1972, Gerard O’Neill became the first BU alumnus to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. Twenty-one Boston University alumni have since earned the award, for a total of 30 Pulitzer Prizes spanning nearly every category of print journalism and photography.

On November 17, Tom Fiedler, ’71 M.S., executive editor, The Miami Herald; and Don Van Natta, Jr. ’86, investigative correspondent, The New York Times, will present “Tomorrow’s News: The future of investigative reporting in light of economics, diminishing resources and a polarized nation” as part of Conversations, the College’s distinguished lecture series.

On November 18, BU will sponsor two panels: Stephen Kurkjian, ’66, senior assistant metropolitan editor, The Boston Globe; Patricia Maldonado, ’91 M.S., communications director, Human Services Coalition; Mark Thompson, ’75, senior correspondent, Time; Helen Ubinas, ’94, columnist, The Hartford Courant; and Joan Vennochi, ’75, columnist, The Boston Globe, will discuss “The Rules of Engagement: Advocacy and Emotion in Journalism and the Press.” The other panel, “Windows to the World: A Journey Through the Lens,” will feature panelists Daniel Goodrich, ’75, special photographer, Newsday; Stan Grossfeld, ’80 M.S., associate editor, The Boston Globe; Justin Lane, ’95, New York bureau chief, European Pressphoto Agency; and Susan Walsh, ’87, staff photographer, The Associated Press and president of the White House News Photographers’ Association. The panels are free and open to the public.

On November 17, Fiedler will be presented with the Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award at a private dinner at which all of the Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni will be honored. The Hugo Shong Lifetime Journalism Achievement Award is presented each fall to a print or broadcast journalist whose body of work and contributions to the field exemplifies the highest quality of reporting and analysis, outstanding accomplishments and ethical standards of the journalistic profession. Hugo Shong, an alumnus of Boston University, established the award in 2004, along with the Hugo Shong Journalist of the Year Award for Reporting on Asia.

Opened in 1947 as the School of Public Relations, Boston University’s College of Communication specializes in journalism, film and television, mass communication, advertising and public relations. Boston University, with more than 30,000 students enrolled in its 17 Schools and Colleges, is the nation’s fourth largest independent University.

Boston University Pulitzer Prize Winning Alumni
1972-2005

Tom Fiedler, ’71 M.S.
Executive Editor
The Miami Herald

Ethan Forman, CAS’88, COM’93 M.S.
Reporter
Mass High Tech

Daniel Goodrich, ’75
Special Photographer
Newsday

Stan Grossfield, ’80 M.S.
Associate Editor
The Boston Globe

Joseph Hallinan, ’84
Reporter
The Wall Street Journal

Karen Elliott House, Honorary Degree ’03 LHD
Senior Vice President
Dow Jones & Company
Publisher
The Wall Street Journal

Kenneth Irby, CGS’81, COM’83
Visual Journalism Group Leader and
Diversity Director
The Poynter Institute

Stephen Kurkjian, CAS’66
Senior Assistant Metropolitan Editor
The Boston Globe

Justin Lane, ’95
New York Bureau Chief
European Pressphoto Agency

Patricia Maldonado, ’91 M.S.
Communications Director
Human Services Coalition

Gerard O’Neill, ’70 M.S.
Lecturer
Boston University
College of Communication

Sacha Pfeiffer, MET’94
Legal Affairs Reporter
The Boston Globe

Michael Rezendes, CAS’78
Investigative Reporter
The Boston Globe

James Savage, DGE’59, COM’61
Retired from The Miami Herald

William Sherman, ’69 M.S.
Investigative News Reporter
The New York Daily News

Mark Thompson, ’75
Senior Correspondent
Time

Helen Ubinas, ’94
Columnist
The Hartford Courant

Don Van Natta Jr., ’86
Investigative Correspondent
The New York Times

Joan Vennochi, ’75
Columnist
The Boston Globe

Susan Walsh, ’87
Staff Photographer
The Associated Press
President, White House News Photographers’ Association

Meredith Warren, ’01
Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications
Massachusetts House Minority Leader

George F. Will, Honorary Degree’03 LTD
Columnist
Washington Post Writers Group

Boston University Panel Discussions
November 17 & 18, 2005

Thursday, November 17, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Kenmore Classroom Building, Room 101, 565 Commonwealth Avenue
Conversations: “Tomorrow’s News: The future of investigative reporting in light of economics, diminishing resources and a polarized nation”
Panelists:
Tom Fiedler, ’71 M.S., executive editor, The Miami Herald
Don Van Natta, Jr., ’86, investigative correspondent, The New York Times

Friday, November 18, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Boston University Hillel House, 4th Floor, 213 Bay State Road
“The Rules of Engagement: Advocacy and Emotion in Journalism and the Press”
Panelists:
Stephen Kurkjian, ’66, senior assistant metropolitan editor, The Boston Globe
Patricia Maldonado, ’91 M.S., communications director, Human Services Coalition
Mark Thompson, ’75, senior correspondent, Time
Helen Ubinas, ’94, columnist, The Hartford Courant
Joan Vennochi, ’75, columnist, The Boston Globe

Friday, November 18, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Boston University Hillel House, 4th Floor, 213 Bay State Road
“Windows to the World: A Journey Through the Lens”
Panelists:
Daniel Goodrich, ’75, special photographer, Newsday
Stan Grossfeld, ’80 M.S., associate editor, The Boston Globe
Justin Lane, ’95, New York bureau chief, European Pressphoto Agency
Susan Walsh, ’87, staff photographer, The Associated Press;
president, White House News Photographers’ Association

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