Chris Hawley
Chris Hawley
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Penn State Harrisburg to welcome Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Chris Hawley

Penn State Harrisburg will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hawley to campus to share his experiences reporting in global locations such as Latin America and Afghanistan in a lecture titled “Adventures of a Global Reporter,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, in the Capital Union Building (CUB).

A 1995 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Hawley was part of a team of Associated Press reporters in New York City to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism in 2012. The award recognized Hawley and his team’s months-long investigation into the New York Police Department’s post-9/11 surveillance of minority neighborhoods, particularly those identified as Muslim.  Hawley’s individual work has also garnered him many of the other top awards in journalism, including the Polk, Goldsmith, Tobenkin and Poe Awards.

At Penn State Harrisburg, Hawley will discuss his distinguished career as an international journalist, including how he got his inspiration and start in the field, what he learned from his various overseas assignments, and what students can learn from his experience in the world of writing, intercultural communication, and the global media.

Through the years, Hawley’s work has taken him from the Caribbean to Afghanistan, and many points in between. He began his career at the San Juan Star in Puerto Rico, and later worked as Caribbean desk editor for the Associated Press. As international desk editor for the AP in New York from 2000 to 2004, he supervised editors and coverage from dozens of foreign bureaus at the world’s largest news-gathering organization. His duties included editing coverage of the September 11th attacks and the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, as well. He also worked for several years as a reporter in Mexico City, covering Latin American news for the Arizona Republic and later USA Today. For his stories in the Arizona Republic, he was twice named “Arizona Journalist of the Year.”

Hawley is currently managing editor of digital content at Raytheon in Waltham, Massachusetts, where his social media team recently received awards from PR News and the Public Relations Society of America.

Free and open to the public, the event is funded by the Student Activity Fee Fund at Penn State Harrisburg, and sponsored by the college’s School of Humanities.