FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: K.E. Schwab -- 724-738-2199
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett to lecture at
Slippery Rock University
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter
Arnett, best known for his 1991 on-the-scene coverage of the
Persian Gulf War bombing for CNN and his TV interview with Osama
bin Laden, will visit Slippery Rock University to deliver a free
address to the entire University community at 12:30 p.m.
Arnett, now working as a freelance journalist, will speak in SRU's
new Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium. He will also
join students and faculty for lunch and visit at least one
communication class as part of his visit.
lecture is sponsored by SRU's College of Business, Information and
Social Sciences and the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing
The veteran journalist, who received his Pulitzer in 1966 for
reporting work on the Vietnam War for The Associated Press, also is
known for being the first television reporter granted a 60-minute
interview of pre-submitted questions with Bin Laden in 1997. The
interview took place in eastern Afghanistan.
Arnett has also worked for NBC, MSNBC, National Geographic and
Britain's Daily Mirror.
While serving as a war correspondent, he stirred up controversy
by granting an interview with state-controlled Iraqi Television
during which he commented on the American war in Iraq, saying, "The
first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are
trying to write another war plan. Clearly, the American war
planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces." He later
apologized for granting the interview, but not for his
Arnett is the author of "Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to
Baghdad, 35 Years in the World's War Zones."
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