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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist visits UH Hilo

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Date: Friday, August 26, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Robert Lopez, an award-winning investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, will give a talk on “Investigating International Gangs in the U.S. and Central America” on Friday, September 2, at noon in the University of Hawaii at Hilo UCB127. The public is invited to attend.

Lopez, who received his journalism degree from UH Manoa, was part of a team at the Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. He also collaborated with colleagues on a series titled “Green Card Marines” about Latino immigrants who died in the Iraq war that won the best feature award last year from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He currently is a member of the newspaper’s California investigations team.

Prior to the Times, Lopez worked at the Oakland Tribune, where he co-authored an article exposing flaws in emergency procedures after a devastating California wildfire, which resulted in a state law requiring rescue agencies to better coordinate their efforts during major disasters. He also was a faculty member for five semesters at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, teaching investigative reporting and news writing.

Lopez’s talks are presented by the Board of Student Publications at UH Hilo and Hawai`i Community College.

For more information, contact Patsy Iwasaki at or call 974-7504.

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