Award-Winning Journalist and Alumna Eileen Sullivan ’99 Highlights Pulitzer Prize Week at Villanova

A week of talks and workshops will feature Sullivan and other Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists

Eileen Sullivan '99 A&S
Eileen Sullivan '99 A&S

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova alumna Eileen Sullivan ’99 A&S, was part of an Associated Press (AP) reporting team to win the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Sullivan highlights a group of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists that will visit Villanova University for “Pulitzer Prize Week,” Sept. 24-28.  This week-long series of events will feature keynote addresses, lectures, and workshops on reporting, editing, and photography through the eyes and expertise of award-winning journalists.

Sponsored by Villanova’s Writing and Rhetoric Program, the series will also spotlight the team of Philadelphia Inquirer reporters who won a Pulitzer for their series on violence in Philadelphia public schools.

Sullivan, along with AP colleagues Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman and Chris Hawley, were awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for their “spotlighting of the New York Police Department’s clandestine spying program that monitored daily life in Muslim communities, resulting in congressional calls for a federal investigation and a debate over the proper role of domestic intelligence gathering.” Prior to covering counterterrorism for the AP, she covered the Department of Homeland Security for the AP, Congressional Quarterly and Federal Times.

Sullivan will deliver the opening keynote, “NYPD Spying on Muslim Community,” on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Driscoll Hall Auditorium. Along with Philadelphia Inquirer editorial staff, reporters and photographers, Sullivan will also offer hands-on workshops throughout the week, giving students the opportunity to learn about investigative reporting, photojournalism, interviewing, story ideas and editing strategies. Closing remarks will be given by Susan Snyder, co-lead reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, who will address “Violence in Philadelphia Schools, Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Connelly Center Cinema.

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