Pulitzer at 100

The Baylor University journalism, public relations & new media department proudly welcomes acclaimed journalist Ken Herman for a public lecture in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize.

The Pulitzer at 100: Journalism at the Crossroads
Monday, March 21, 2016, at 6 p.m.
Robert G. Packard Lecture Hall
Marrs McLean Science Building

Ken Herman won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1977 as a young journalist writing for The Lufkin Daily News. Herman followed the lead of a brief news story that came over the Associated Press wire about a young Lufkin man who was killed during Marine combat training exercises. As he pursued the story, he uncovered a rash of recruiting and training abuses by the Marines. His reporting about this case ultimately transformed the recruiting and training practices of the United States military.

Today, Herman continues his work as a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. During his lecture, he will tell the stories that led to a Pulitzer Prize for The Lufkin Daily News and provide insight about the current state of journalism.

This event is free and open to the public. Baylor Journalism, The Baylor Lariat and Baylor Libraries are co-sponsoring this event.

Follow the conversation at #pulitzer100

About Ken Herman

Ken Herman began his journalism career in 1975 at The Lufkin Daily News in East Texas. In 1977, he joined The Associated Press in Dallas. He later worked for AP in Harlingen and Austin. Herman was part of the AP’s Capitol staff in Austin from 1979 to 1988, when he became Austin Bureau Chief for The Houston Post. When the Post folded in 1995, Herman joined the Austin American-Statesman as Capitol Bureau Chief.

In 2001, after covering George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, Herman went to Washington for a six-month stint as Cox Newspapers White House correspondent. He returned to Austin in June 2001 to resume covering state government and politics. In June 2004, he returned to Washington to cover the Bush re-election campaign. From January 2005 through February 2009 he was Cox Newspapers White House correspondent. Herman now serves as metro columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, writing about a variety of political and non-political topics.

Reading Through the Winners

For the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, 2010 Baylor University graduate James Yarbrough has for the last several years chronologically read the works by winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, with the goal of finishing the entire list.

Yarbrough has written a blog of how the books were selected, and presents his take on the selected works.

Read the blog online at the link below.