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Eugene Robinson to Speak at Utica College Undergraduate Commencement

Washington Post Journalist, Pulitzer-Prize Winner Joins Graduation Celebration

Written By Abby Hansen '13, PR Intern

Eugene Robinson, 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, will speak at Utica College Undergraduate Commencement


Utica, NY (04/30/2013)
- Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Eugene H. Robinson will speak at this year’s Utica College undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Robinson’s remarkable storytelling abilities won him a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the 2008 presidential race that resulted in the election of America’s first African-American president.

In 1976, Robinson began his journalism career at The San Francisco Chronicle as one of two reporters assigned to cover the trial of kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. Robinson began his 25-year career at The Washington Post in 1980 as a city hall reporter. He then became assistant city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award winning Style section. He began writing columns for the opinion page of the paper in 2005, which are syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group, and he currently writes a twice weekly column on politics and culture, and conducts weekly online conversation with readers.

During his leave from The Post in the 1987-88 academic year, Robinson was a Neiman Fellow in journalism at Harvard University. Upon his return to the paper he was named The Post’s South America correspondent, which allowed him to cover the trial in Amazon and also research his first book, Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race, published in 1999.

Robinson is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, has received numerous journalism awards, and is a regular contributor to MSNBC.

Utica College will celebrate its 64th Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 19 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

There will be a separate graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18 at 2p.m. at The Stanley Theatre in Utica for master’s and doctoral degree recipients.

For more information about the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, visit www.utica.edu.

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 3,700 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 29 minors, 20 graduate degree programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.



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