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Pulitzer Prize-Winner Eugene Robinson to Deliver 2013 Mary Alice Davis Distinguished Lecture in Journalism Oct. 9

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 2, 2013 – Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist of the Washington Post, will deliver “Enemy of the State? Snowden, Obama and the Future of Investigative Reporting in the Information Age” at The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in the Belo Center for New Media’s second-floor auditorium, 300 W. Dean Keeton St. Presented by the School of Journalism, the speech is this year’s Mary Alice Davis Distinguished Lecture in Journalism, established in 2005. The event is free and open to the public.

Robinson began his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976 and covered such assignments as the trial of publishing heiress Patty Hearst. He joined the Washington Post in 1980 as a city hall reporter and rose to assistant city editor; foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires, Argentina and London, England; and assistant managing editor of the paper’s style section.

In 2005, Robinson began writing columns for the Post’s opinion page. He also contributes to the publication’s PostPartisan blog, pens a twice-a-week column on politics and culture and conducts a weekly conversation with readers online.

Frequently seen on television, Robinson is often a panelist on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in recognition of his pre-election columns covering then-candidate Barack Obama. He is author of “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America,” “Last Dance in Havana,” and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race.”

The family of the late Mary Alice Davis (B.A., Journalism, ’65), a former columnist and editorial writer for the Austin American-Statesman, created the Mary Alice Davis Distinguished Lecture series in 2005 to honor her legacy. The lectureship brings notable journalists to campus to discuss the role of journalism in society.

About The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication

One of the nation’s foremost institutions for the study of advertising and public relations, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism and radio-TV-film, The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication is preparing students to thrive in an era of media convergence. Serving more than 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students, the College is nationally recognized for its faculty members, research and teaching. For more information about the College of Communication, visit http://communication.utexas.edu.

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Contacts: Glenn Frankel, (512) 471-1845; Nick Hundley, (512) 471-7209

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