Patterson Lecture to feature Masterson

Patterson Lecture to feature Masterson

The Patterson Lecture featuring Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Mike Masterson will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Nucor Auditorium on the Lyon College campus.

The lecture, entitled “As each rose blossoms: On truth, words and leaving your mark,” isfree and open to the public.

Masterson is an award-winning journalist whose work has been cited for “combating hatred and bigotry” and championing the powerless in society.

A Harrison, Ark., native who now lives in Fayetteville, Masterson is a staff columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Central Arkansas and has done graduate studies at Yale University.

He began his newspaper career as editor of the Newport Daily Independent in 1971. He also served as executive editor at the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and the Northwest Arkansas Times in Fayetteville. During his career, he has been a staff writer and investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Sun Times. He was editor of investigative reporting teams at the Arizona Republic and the Asbury Park Press. He served for five years as the Kiplinger Professor at the Ohio State University School of Journalism.

Masterson has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His awards include the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1987. He is the first four-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award and a four-time recipient of the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He was the first three-time winner of the Heywood Broun Award and won an IRE Gold Medallion from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He also was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists with a first place award.

The Hugh B. Patterson Sr. Lecture Series was established in 1977 by the late Hugh Baskin Patterson Jr., former chairman of The Arkansas Gazette, in memory of his father.