||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist |
to Speak at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: April 9, 1999|
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire journalism student selected to receive the 1999 Ann Devroy Fellowship will be announced at a special Forum presentation on Tuesday, April 27.
Chancellor Donald Mash will open The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. David Maraniss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who occasionally shared a byline with Ann Devroy as her colleague at The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at the event. A reception in the Dulany Inn, Davies Center, will follow the program.
The Ann Devroy Fund was established at UW-Eau Claire last year to recognize the outstanding journalistic work of the late 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate who became the core of the White House press corps.
David Maraniss, author of the best-selling "First In His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton" and a forthcoming cultural biography of Vince Lombardi, will speak on "Ann Devroy, Vince Lombardi and Bill Clinton: Which Doesn't Belong, and Why?"
Maraniss is writer-at-large for The Washington Post's national staff. During his 21-year career at The Post, Maraniss has won virtually every major award in journalism the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for his articles on Clinton's life and career; the Hancock Prize in 1989 for a series on the savings and loan scandal; the George Polk Award and Dirksen Award in 1995 for his series on the rise and collapse of the Gingrich revolution; the Eagleton Book Prize in 1996 for "First In His Class"; and the American Association of Newspaper Editors Laventhol Prize for breaking news in 1996. He also received the Gold Medal from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for a 1990 series on integration in American institutions. The Gingrich series was turned into a paperback book, "Tell Newt to Shut Up!," published in 1996.
His second book on the president, titled "The Clinton Enigma," was published in October by Simon & Schuster. His understanding of Clinton has made Maraniss a familiar television and radio commentator; he is an analyst for the NBC networks.
His book on Vince Lombardi, "When Pride Still Mattered," is scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster this fall.
The primary purpose of the Ann Devroy Fund is to award a scholarship of at least $1,200 annually to a student who shows exceptional promise and ability as a journalist, who has made outstanding contributions to the university's student newspaper and who demonstrates financial need. The fund also helps defray the cost of a three-week residency at The Washington Post. In addition to the residency, the Devroy Fellowship winner will have a paid internship at a Wisconsin newspaper.
Ann Devroy was born in Green Bay on Oct. 9, 1948, and died of cancer on Oct. 23, 1997, at her home in Washington, D.C. She was a White House correspondent often considered the most challenging and most glamorous assignment in journalism for a total of 15 years, covering the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. During the nearly nine years Devroy reported for The Washington Post, the newspaper ran close to 2,500 stories under her byline and put 857 of them on the front page.
The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum is sponsored by The Washington Post Company; the UW-Eau Claire department of communication and journalism; the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc.; the Wisconsin Newspaper Association; the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association; and The Forum lecture series.
The event is free and open to the public; reserved seating tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. Tickets also will be available at the door if any remain.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 9, 1999