Pulitzer-winning journalist Clarence Page will speak at Iowa State Sept 14

AMES, Iowa - Pulitzer Prize-winning, syndicated columnist Clarence Page will present the Chamberlin Lecture at Iowa State University on Wednesday, Sept. 14. "A Campaign Narrative: Why Iowa Matters-or Not," will be at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room. It is free and open to the public.

Page won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1989. He has been a columnist and member of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board since July 1984. Tribune Media Services syndicates his column nationally.

Based in Washington, D.C., Page is a frequent contributor of essays to the "PBS NewsHour," and has been a regular guest on news panels on "The McLaughlin Group" (PBS), "The Chris Matthews Show" (NBC), "Nightline" (ABC) and "Lead Story" (BET). He is the author of the book, "Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity."

Page also shared in a Pulitzer Prize for a 1972 Chicago Tribune Task Force series on voter fraud. His other awards include the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting of a 1976 series on the changing politics of Southern Africa, and a 1980 Illinois UPI award for community service for an investigative series, "The Black Tax." Page has been honored by the Illinois and Wisconsin chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union for his columns on civil liberties and constitutional rights.

He began his career at the age of 17 as a freelance writer and photographer for the Middletown Journal and the Cincinnati Enquirer. After graduating from Ohio University with a degree in journalism in 1969, he was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Chicago Tribune until 1980. He joined WBBM-TV as director of the Community Affairs Department in 1980, and served as the station's reporter and planning editor from 1982 to 1984.

Page's talk is cosponsored by the Chamberlin Lecture Fund, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by the Government of the Student Body. More information on ISU lectures is available at http://www.lectures.iastate.edu, or by calling 515-294-9935.