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New York Times Columnist and Award-Winning Author Samuel G. Freedman, to Kick-Off 2013-14 Miami Dade College Journalism Speaker Series


Miami, October 23, 2013 - Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning author, New York Times columnist, and professor at Columbia University, will kick-off the 2013-14 Miami Dade College Journalism Speaker Series at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, at the college’s North Campus. This event was made possible by the Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC.   

Freedman, a tenured professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, worked as a staff reporter for The New York Times from 1981 through 1987. He currently writes the column “On Religion” for the Times and from 2004 through 2008, Freedman wrote the “On Education” column, which won first prize in the Education Writers Association’s annual competition. From 2005 through 2009, he was a columnist for the Jerusalem Post concentrating on American Jewish issues.

He has also made his mark as an author, writing seven books. Freedman’s latest work is Breaking The Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights, which was released this year.

Freedman’s book, Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher was a finalist for the 1990 National Book Award. He was a 1997 Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond, and another book, Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church, won the 1993 Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry, won the National Jewish Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2001. In addition, he penned Letters To A Young Journalist, a warmly written instructional manual on how to be a reporter.

The MDC Journalism Speaker Series was launched in February 2008 to create an exchange and learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. To date, 46 journalists have participated in the series.

This year’s Speaker Series will run from November through April, with one event per month.

In addition to Freedman, other speakers will include Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Frances Robles of The New York Times, Gregory H. Lee Jr., the Executive Sports Editor at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, investigative reporter Brian Andrews of CBS4, Kenny Malone a reporter/producer for WLRN, and former Miami Herald photographer Tim Chapman.

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

All presentations are free and open to the public




MDC Journalism Speaker Series with veteran journalist/author/educator Samuel G. Freedman

  • WHEN: Monday, Nov. 25, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC North Campus 11380 NW 27 Ave., Room 2151.

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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