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Pulitzer winner to discuss U.S. immigration crisis

| Cheri Snobl

Sonia Nazario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist who has spent more than 20 years reporting about large social issues in the U.S., will speak about the U.S. immigration crisis at 7 p.m. March 15 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Nazario will present "Enrique's Journey and the Immigration Crisis in America: Unequal Justice" at 7 p.m. in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium. A meet-and-greet reception will follow Nazario's presention. The presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

Nazario, who has worked most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times, has won numerous national journalism and book awards. Her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S., "Enrique’s Journey," won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence.

Expanded into a book, "Enrique’s Journey" became a national bestseller, won three book awards and became a favorite among educators. It has been required reading for incoming freshman at more than 71 colleges and scores of high schools, and a young adult version published in 2014 has broadened the book’s use to middle schools.

In 1998, Nazario was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on children of drug addicted parents. In 1994, she won a George Polk Award for Local Reporting for a series about hunger among schoolchildren in California.

Now at work on her second book, Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina and began her career at The Wall Street Journal, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012, Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among “40 Women Who Changed the Media Business in the Past 40.”

Nazario's presentation is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Organization of Latinos.

For more information, contact Cheri Snobl, Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 715-836-3367 or snoblc@uwec.edu, or Karen Dominguez, Student Organization of Latinos, at domingkc@uwec.edu.

Photo caption:  Sonia Nazario's book "Enrique's Journey" recounts the danger-filled journey of a Honduran boy looking for his mother 11 years after she was forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. As she did research for the book, Nazario traveled through Central America and Mexico exactly as Enrique had, including long, perilous rides atop freight trains in Chiapas, Mexico.