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For Immediate Release

May 5, 2010

Contact:  Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

Ohio State Lima welcomes Pulitzer winning author to Honors Colloquium

Abe Zaidan covered the Kent State shootings for the Akron Beacon Journal

Author and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Abe Zaidan will be the featured speaker at the Ohio State University at Lima Honors Colloquium at 7:30 p.m., Thurs., May 13, in Reed Hall 160. The topic this year is “The Media and Politics.”

Zaidan has worked for several newspapers and magazines during his long journalistic career, including the Akron Beacon Journal, where he was the political editor, senior editor and columnist. When he was at the Beacon Journal, his reporting contributed to the newspaper winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for its coverage of the shootings at Kent State University. He later spent seven years with the Cleveland Plain Dealer as a reporter and columnist before leaving to devote full time to writing. 

His columns and articles have appeared in nearly all major U.S. newspapers and the International Herald Tribune. The Washington Post published some 300 of his articles. He also was a political columnist for Ohio Magazine for three years and later a monthly columnist for Northern Ohio Live.

Zaidan has won several other awards, including the John S. Knight Award for Distinguished Journalism.


Zaidan has authored four books and recently completed a fifth, Portraits of Power, with Dr. John Green, director of the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron. It contains many of Zaidan’s previously published political columns dealing with leading Ohio politicians since the 1960s, including the late Governor James Rhodes, Senators John Glenn and Howard Metzenbaum, and Cleveland Mayors Carl Stokes, U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich and U.S. Senator George Voinovich, as well as an exhaustive essay on the current state of the media and its decline over the past 30 years.

The colloquium is free and open to the public.

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Editors’ Note: If anyone is interested in reading Zaidan’s book Portraits in Power, several copies are available on campus. Zaidan will lead a book seminar for honors students on the book earlier in the day.