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Two Prize-Winning Journalists to Deliver November Crain Lectures

November 11, 2008 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Paul Salopek and prize-winning African filmmaker Hopewell Chin'ono will discuss their work and how they pursue it under often difficult circumstances when they deliver the Crain Lectures on Nov. 17 and Nov. 21, respectively, at Northwestern University.

Presented by the Medill School of Journalism, both lectures will take place in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. The Monday, Nov. 17, presentation with Salopek will begin at 4:30 p.m. The Friday, Nov. 21, presentation with Chin'ono will start at 6 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.

Salopek is a Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent who has covered Africa, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned his first Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his coverage of the controversial Human Genome Diversity Project. His second Pulitzer, earned in 2001, was awarded for international reporting he did in Africa, including the coverage of the civil war in the Congo.

Salopek began his journalism career in 1985 when his motorcycle broke down in New Mexico, and he took a police-reporting job at a local newspaper to earn money. In addition to working as a journalist, he has worked on and off as a commercial fisherman.

Chin'ono is a broadcast journalist from Zimbabwe who was awarded the 2008 Desmond Tutu Leadership award for journalism work he did in contrasting the plights of two of his countrymen with HIV and AIDS. In his documentary film, "Pain in My Heart," one of the patients -- a single mother of two -- died because she could not get medication to treat her disease.

"Pain in My Heart" also earned Chin'ono the 2008 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award. The award carries a substantial cash prize and rewards its winner with a three-week journalism fellowship at CNN headquarters in Atlanta.

Medill's Crain Lectures bring newsmakers, news analysts and people in the news to Northwestern. For further information, call (847) 491-5401 or visit http://www.medill.northwestern.edu.
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