22, No. 12, Jan. 23, 2003
Barry Bearak, a
New York Times reporter and a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for international
reporting, will speak at commencement ceremonies May 18 at the Assembly
Hall in Champaign.
Bearak’s work was cited by the Pulitzer committee for "his
deeply affecting and illuminating coverage of daily life in war-torn
Afghanistan" in 2001. Among his other honors are a George Polk
Award for Foreign Reporting, the first prize of the South Asian Journalist
Association for outstanding story of the year and the Mike Berger Award,
given by Columbia University for reporting about New York City.
Bearak earned his master’s degree in journalism at Illinois. While
at Illinois, he won the graduate fiction prize and wrote for the Daily
Prior to joining the Times in 1996, Bearak was a reporter for 14 years
for the Los Angeles Times and six years for the Miami Herald."
"The sheer number of Mr. Bearak’s prestigious journalism
awards attests to his remarkable talent and dedication," said Ron
Yates, head of the UI journalism department.
NY Times reporter to speak at commencement