A Pulitzer Prize Winner Delivers Mary Alice Davis Lecture on Nov. 4, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas -- Nov. 1, 2015 –– The Moody College of Communication School of Journalism will host the 2015 Mary Alice Davis Lecture featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in the Belo Center for New Media from 5 - 6 p.m. Falkenberg, columnist at the Houston Chronicle, will deliver the talk: “From the Texan basement to the Pulitzer: How a UT grad chased the story and found a calling.”

Falkenberg (B.J. ’00) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her series of columns that examined the case of Alfred Dewayne Brown, who was convicted for killing a Houston police officer. The Pulitzer judges in the commentary category praised Falkenberg for “vividly-written, ground breaking columns about grand jury abuses that led to wrongful convictions and other egregious problems in the legal and immigration systems.”

While studying journalism, Falkenberg covered the Texas Legislature for two news bureaus. She joined the Associated Press’ Dallas Bureau in 2001, eventually becoming a regional writer covering Dallas and East, Texas. Falkenberg was named Texas AP writer of the Year in 2004. After that she joined the Houston Chronicle in 2005 first in the Austin bureau then moved to Houston in 2007 where she currently works and resides.

WHEN: 5 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

WHERE: Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 2.102                                                  

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Lauren Phillips
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