Mahr highlights First Amendment Day 2010

By David Bulla

Joe Mahr, a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist, will be the keynote speaker for Iowa State’s First Amendment Day 2010.

The event will be held on April 8. Mahr will speak at 7 p.m. (CST) in the Great Hall of the ISU Memorial Union.

The title of his lecture is “Watchdog Journalism in the 21st Century.” Mahr will discuss the importance of the fourth estate maintaining its watchdog function in a time of major economic and technological change in the news media industry.

Mahr, who works for the Chicago Tribune, won the Pulitzer in 2004 for a series he, Mitch Weiss and Michael D. Sallah wrote for the Toledo Blade about atrocities during the Vietnam War.

The series focused on a U.S. Army platoon called Tiger Force. Mahr, Weiss and Sallah also won Sigma Delta Chi’s top award for investigative reporting and a Nieman Award from Harvard University.

Mahr worked for the St. Louis Post Dispatch from 2005-2009 before joining the Tribune last month. He is a native of Genoa, Ohio, and earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.

Past keynote speakers for First Amendment Day have included Helen Thomas, Terry Anderson, and John and Mary Beth Tinker.

For more information, e-mail Jenn Dryden of Iowa State at the following e-mail address: jmdryden@iastate.edu.

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