Pulitzer-winning journalist to deliver Community Read keynote

March 31, 2022
Cover of 2022 Community Read book Nomadland

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Sam Roe will deliver the keynote address of Fitchburg State University’s yearlong Community Read at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The virtual event is free and those wishing to view online may register at http://tiny.cc/Investigate_April5.

Roe will discuss the journalistic process of creating compelling narratives that document the struggles and triumphs of real people through investigation of social, economic, and political landscapes. His talk is entitled “Investigate: How Journalists Shed Light on Life and Society, and Influence Public Policy.”

Throughout the academic year, the Community Read has explored Jessica Bruder’s acclaimed book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, which was adapted into the Oscar-winning film of the same name. Programming has included book club talks, film screenings and social media discussions based around themes in the book, which explores the precarious financial state of older Americans who take to the roads to support themselves.

The programs culminate in this keynote address by Sam Roe, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and four-time Pulitzer finalist. His stories have resulted in broad health and safety reforms, including a U.S. ban on the export of mercury, a reduction in toxic chemicals in toys and household furniture, major safety improvements at the nation’s pharmacies, and $15 billion in payments to injured nuclear weapons workers. An investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune for 20 years, he is now an investigative editor for Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain. He is also an adjunct journalism instructor at Columbia College Chicago.

For more information, visit fitchburgcommunityread.com.

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