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Athenaeum Features Pulitzer Prize-Winning Former New York Times Reporter Hedrick Smith

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The University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs Athenaeum will host Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times journalist and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent Hedrick Smith for a free talk, "Reclaiming Our Government and the Economy".

Smith's talk will take place on Monday, November 4 at 7 p.m. in Old Main Chapel on the CU Boulder campus. While the event is free and open to the public, attendees must pre-register on a first-come, first-served basis at www.colorado.edu/cwa while space is available.

In his 26 years with The New York Times, Smith covered the administrations of six American presidents, as well as the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr., the Vietnam War, the Middle East conflict (reporting from Cairo), and the Cold War (from both Moscow and Washington). In 1971, as chief diplomatic correspondent, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series. In 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Smith's most recent book, Who Stole The American Dream? (2012), demonstrates how a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions have transformed America. His previous best-seller books include The Russians, which is based on his years as New York Times Moscow bureau chief from 1971 to 1974, and The Power Game: How Washington Works, which was bedside reading for President Clinton and a bible for many members of Congress.

Smith has worked with PBS since 1989, creating 26 prime-time specials and mini-series on such topics as terrorism, Wall Street, Soviet perestroika, Wal-Mart, Enron, tax evasion, educational reform, health care, the environment, jazz greats Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck, and Washington's power game.

The CWA Athenaeum Series is a student-run offshoot of the Conference on World Affairs. The program brings acclaimed presenters to campus to interact with CU students in classes throughout the academic year. Athenaeum programs also each include a public event, which is always free and open to all.
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