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Washington Post Reporter Dana Priest to Be Featured Speaker at April 24 Devroy Forum

RELEASED: April 3, 2008

Dana Priest
Dana Priest

EAU CLAIRE — Dana Priest, an investigative reporter who broke the Walter Reed Army Medical Center outpatient care scandal for The Washington Post in 2007, will be the featured speaker at the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum April 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The 2008 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The title of Priest's presentation is "Secrecy and the Media: A View From the Trenches."

Priest is a veteran reporter, serving 21 years at The Washington Post. She has written extensively on the CIA's covert counterterrorism operations, the CIA detention practices, intelligence lapses involving the Sept. 11 plot and the failure of pre-war intelligence in Iraq.

Priest was The Post's Pentagon correspondent for seven years. She covered the invasion of Panama in 1989, reported from Iraq in 1990, covered the Kosovo war in 1999, and has traveled widely with Army Special Forces in Asia, Africa and South America and with Army infantry units on peacekeeping duty in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

In 2006, Priest won The Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting for her reporting on CIA secret prisons and counterterrorism operations overseas.

Priest also is a contributor to CBS News and a fellow at New York University's Center on Law and Security. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and the Devroy Memorial Fund were established to recognize the outstanding journalistic work of 1970 UW-Eau Claire graduate Ann Devroy, who died of cancer in 1997 at the age of 49.

Devroy, a Green Bay native, was a White House correspondent for more than 15 years. She covered the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations.

Devroy began her journalism career while still a student at UW-Eau Claire, interning at the Milwaukee Journal and reporting for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. After graduating, she worked for the Bridgewater , N.J., daily The Courier-News, which was owned by the Gannet Co. In 1977, she moved to Gannett News Service's Washington bureau. She covered Congress for two years before becoming White House correspondent for Gannett and the USA Today. She joined The Washington Post in 1985, and covered the White House for The Post from 1989 until her death in 1997.

The Devroy fund awards a scholarship and helps defray the cost of a three-week residency at The Washington Post for Devroy winners. Winners also have paid internships at Wisconsin daily newspapers. The Devroy winner is announced during the Forum presentation.

The Ann Devroy Forum is sponsored by The Washington Post Co., UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism department, UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and The Forum lecture series.

The forum event is free and open to the public.

For details about the Devroy fund or forum, contact David Baker, interim chair of the department of communication and journalism, at 715-836-4431 or bakerda@uwec.edu.

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