UH-educated Pulitzer-winning journalist returns to speak at UH Hilo

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Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Robert Lopez, an award-winning investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, will speak at the University of Hawaii at Hilo on Friday, September 8 at noon in UCB 127. His keynote address, “Broken Borders: Covering Crime and Corruption on the U.S.-Mexico Line,” is sponsored by the Board of Student Publications and Ke Kalahea, the student newspaper of UH Hilo and Hawai`i Community College. The talk is free and open to the public.

Lopez is a UH Manoa journalism graduate who won a Pulitzer Prize as part of the Times’ team that covered the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. He helped report and write a series on Latino immigrants who died in the Iraq War that won the Best Feature award in 2004 from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is currently part of the newspaper’s California investigations team focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border conflict.

Lopez, who started his career in journalism at the student newspaper at Kapi‘olani Community College, has also worked for the Oakland Tribune, where he co-authored an article after a devastating California wildfire which exposed flaws in emergency procedures and resulted in a state law requiring rescue agencies to better coordinate their efforts during major disasters.

For more information, contact Ke Kalahea at 974-7504 or e-mail kalahea@hawaii.edu.

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