Pulitzer Prize-winning author to speak in Columbia Wednesday night

3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago September 20, 2016 Sep 20, 2016 Tuesday, September 20 2016 Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:04:00 PM CDT in News
By: Zach Groppe, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - A former Pulitzer Prize winner will speak tonight at the University of Missouri.

Leonard Pitts Jr. will be speaking at the Missouri School of Journalism in Fisher Auditorium located in Gannet Hall.

Executive Director of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Randy Picht, said the event drew a lot of attention early.

“We put an ad in the Columbia Tribune to just, you know, let people know he was coming, and the next day, so that was a Sunday, the next day we had 140 people that had RSVP’d and we had to move it to a bigger venue,” Picht said.

The talk is all a part of the Institute's Politics and Press Responsibility Series - and there should be a lot of talking points, especially in an election year.

“I suspect he’s going to talk a fair amount about that, and also have some hefty doses of talking about Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton,” Picht said.

Pitts Jr.’s home paper is the Miami Herald, and he also has a column which runs nationwide twice a week, allowing people to read his writing from all over the country.

“I think it’s really cool since the journalism school is so big here that we get to hear from someone that’s accomplished so much in the journalism world and maybe learn something from what he’s done out in the real world,” MU Student, Lexi Larson, said.

Pitts Jr. is also someone the Institute has been hoping would come for awhile.

“I’m sure there’s lots of folks in Columbia that read his column and say, you know, that’s exactly what I was thinkin', and so I’ve been hoping to have home come and talk in some capacity,” Picht said.

Event attendees can park for free at Hitt St. garage.

Though the event has sold out, those who did not register can still attend both a reception before the talk, and a book signing after. The talk will also be streamed live online on RJI’s website.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl. Two masked... More >>
51 seconds ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:07:00 AM CST in News
ROLLA (AP) — Authorities in south-central Missouri are investigating after a woman's body was found in a ditch along a... More >>
10 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:57:39 AM CST in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Authorities are investigating a homicide in the Kansas City suburb of Independence. KMBC-TV (http://bit.ly/2j8OjVY) reports... More >>
13 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:54:02 AM CST in Continuous News
VANDALIA-The city of Vandalia is declaring a boil advisory until Thursday at 3 a.m. The city’s water pressure dropped... More >>
24 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:43:00 AM CST in News
LIBERTY (AP) — The former campus president of a Kansas City trade school says he was fired for letting a... More >>
36 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:31:00 AM CST in News
Moody's Corporation has agreed to a settlement following a conduct investigation by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, 21 states and... More >>
55 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:11:56 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA – The advisory board for Columbia Water and Light is set to meet Wednesday morning to discuss its goals... More >>
2 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:24:00 AM CST in News
EUGENE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has died after a farm tractor overturned in mid-Missouri. The... More >>
3 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:07:00 AM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A contentious right-to-work bill to ban mandatory union fees is set to be debated by... More >>
3 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:40:34 AM CST in Continuous News
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 5:20 a.m.... More >>
3 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:14:00 AM CST in Continuous News
PHELPS COUNTY - Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of County Road 3000 and County Road 3220 Tuesday around noon... More >>
11 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:44:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A bill sponsored by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) that hopes to cut government waste and increase accountability... More >>
11 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:18:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Governor Eric Greitens gave his first State of the State address Tuesday, just eight days after his... More >>
14 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 7:33:00 PM CST in News
Columbia – The Mayor's Task Force on Medical Tourism met Tuesday to discuss possible recommendations to the Columbia City Council.... More >>
15 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:52:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A U.S. District judge has ruled against an immunity claim by several current and former Columbia police... More >>
18 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 4:01:52 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA – Concerned community members gathered at Republican U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler’s office Tuesday to protest a recent development in... More >>
20 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:58:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Higher education institutions have concern over the impact of Governor Greitens' announced budget cuts that will largely decrease... More >>
20 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:41:00 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, filed two bills on Tuesday addressing the rise of student debt. The... More >>
20 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:35:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 37°
11am 42°
12pm 45°
1pm 48°
2pm 49°