Volume 47, Number 7 - November 16, 2009

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Sergio Candido
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Pulitzer Prize-winning features writer, Lane De Gregory, of the St. Petersburg Times.

Speaker Series brings renowned features writer

By Sergio Candido

Pulitzer Prize-winning features writer, Lane De Gregory, of the St. Petersburg Times will speak to students as part of the Miami Dade College Journalism Speaker Series on November 20.

The event, free and open to the public, will take place at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 7128 at noon.

DeGregory, a native of Gainesville, Fla., graduated from the University of Virginia, where she was editor-in-chief of The Cavalier Daily the school’s student newspaper.

She worked for 10 years at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., writing news and feature stories before moving back to Florida in 2000 to write feature stories for The St. Petersburg Times, in Tampa.

Lane has won more than a dozen national awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for her moving, richly detailed story of a neglected 6-year-old girl, found in a roach-infested room, unable to talk or feed herself, who was adopted by a new family committed to her nurturing.

Her stories have also appeared in The Best Newspaper Writing 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008 editions.

Lane has been a frequent speaker at the Nieman Narrative Conference at Harvard, at National Writers Workshops and at The Poynter Institute.

The MDC Journalism Speaker Series was launched by Manolo Barco the adviser to the student newspapers at the North (Falcon Times) and Wolfson (Metropolis) campuses in February of 2008 to create an exchange and learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in journalism. To date, 24 journalists have participated in the series.

Each program includes a presentation by the journalists and a 15-minute question and answer session.

“The series is a great opportunity to meet top-of-the-line writers and getting their insight on the industry,” said Rebeka Bonnie Silva, the editor-in-chief of The Falcon Times.

Some of the journalists featured in this year’s series include: Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writer Liz Balmaseda of the Palm Beach Post; Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Patrick Farrell of the Miami Herald; CBS 4 reporter Jim DeFede; Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard; anchor Jawan Strader of CBS 4; police reporter Sofia Santana of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and WSVN 7 photojournalist Ralph Rayburn.

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