Journalists to discuss role of reporting in immigration debate

Three Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters and authors will be on campus Dec. 1 to talk about their work covering immigration, an event hosted by the Distinguished Visiting Journalist program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Move: An Urgent Conversation With Award-Winning Immigration Journalists and Authors” will feature journalists Sonia Nazario, Nadja Drost and moderator Molly O’Toole ’09. O’Toole is this semester’s Zubrow Distinguished Visiting Journalist Fellow in A&S.

Sonia Nazario

The event will take place Dec. 1 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium of Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 132. The live event is only open to the Cornell community with Cornell ID, but it will be livestreamed on eCornell. Register here to attend virtually.

Nadja Drost

With more people displaced on the planet today than at any point in modern human history, as well as bitterly divisive politics and a decimated U.S. journalism industry, the panelists will consider the role of the immigration reporter in shaping our politics and our policy.

Molly O’Toole

Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems – hunger, drug addiction, immigration – and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards. She is best known for “Enrique’s Journey,” her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Originally published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, “Enrique’s Journey” won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003.

Drost is a journalist who works across print, radio, television and documentary film. Her reporting on the extraordinary journey of migrants from around the world who traverse the Darien Gap – a road-less, mountainous jungle straddling the Colombia-Panama border – to reach the U.S., won various accolades, including an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing this year.

O’Toole was one of the recipients of the first Pulitzer Prize for audio journalism in 2020, reporting for an episode of “This American Life.” In addition to her work for the Los Angeles Times, where she covers immigration and security, she has also reported for the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the New Republic, Newsweek and the Associated Press from Central America, West Africa, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and South Asia.

To learn more about the Distinguished Visiting Journalist Program, which brings journalists to campus for interactions and events with faculty and students, visit the program’s web page.

Kathy Hovis is a writer for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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