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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist named visiting scholar

By Kari VanDerVeen
October 18, 2012

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Serge Schmemann will spend a week at St. Olaf College as the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

Schmemann will be on campus October 22-25, and during his residency he will be available for class visits and small group meetings. He will also deliver a public lecture Wednesday, October 24, titled "Where Will You Get Your News Next Year? Journalism in Crisis."

Schmemann is the editorial page editor of the International Herald Tribune and a member of the New York Times editorial board. He has worked as a news reporter for more than four decades, including nearly a decade at the Associated Press and three decades at the New York Times, covering major events around the world ranging from the last years of the Soviet Union and the rise of the new Russia to the nuclear catastrophe of Chernobyl to the struggle for peace in Israel.

He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for his coverage of the reunification of Germany and an Emmy in 2003 for his work on a television documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He wrote a book, Echoes of a Native Land, detailing two centuries of Russian life in the region of his ancestors. He has also taught courses at Princeton University and the Columbia School of Journalism.

Schmemann is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a master's degree from Columbia University as well as an honorary doctorate from Middlebury College.

Contact Kari VanDerVeen at 507-786-3970 or