Prize-winning journalist slates two-day residency

imageAn award-winning journalist who went from the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel to the New York Times and is now founding publisher of the Haitian Times will be at SUNY Oswego April 11 and 12 as the 2005 New York Press Association Journalist in Residence.

A reception for Garry Pierre-Pierre will take place at 7 p.m. April 11 in The Forum of Hewitt Union. It will be open to the public free of charge.

During his two days on campus, Pierre-Pierre will guest lecture in classes, meet with students in informal settings and speak at the journalism program’s annual awards ceremony at Vona’s Restaurant, said Linda Loomis, director of the program.

Pierre-Pierre has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, including six years with the New York Times. He gained national attention with his coverage of Haiti during the early 1990s as a reporter with the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

At the New York Times, he helped cover the World Trade Center bombing of 1993. The newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for that breaking news coverage. In 1997, he was one of four New York Times reporters who covered the fall of Zaire’s longtime dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko. He has also worked as a direct marketing coordinator in the circulation department of the Times.

In 1999, Pierre-Pierre left the New York Times to start the Haitian Times. The English language weekly newspaper has been profiled in several newspapers and magazines, including the Miami Herald, Newsday, New York Daily News and Brill’s Content.

“We are thrilled to have this outstanding journalist spend two full days with our students on campus,” Loomis said. She thanked the New York Press Association for sponsoring the residency and underwriting costs associated with it.

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(Posted: Mar 31, 2005)