Internationally acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winners, successful women entrepreneurs and top CEO ’s will highlight Journalism Week, March 12-22, on the campus of West Virginia University.


The keynote evening events are:


  • Tuesday, March 13:”Building TrustDoes it Fly?”Dave Gilbert, President/CEO of Golin/Harris International, 7 p.m., Room 21, White Hall.


Dave Gilbert will share his expertise on leading one of the largest worldwide Integrated Marketing Communications firms in the world. His March 13 lecture will focus on truth and credibility in mass media messages. Gilbert is widely recognized for his expertise in corporate counseling, crisis communications and public affairs. Before joining Golin/Harris International, he was press secretary for Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, CEO of Lesnik Public Relations, served as president of a Continental Basketball Association franchise, among other communication positions.


  • Thursday, March 15:”When Women Mean Business: Corporate and Media Entrepreneurs Tell Their Stories,”5 p.m., Room 458, Business&EconomicsBuilding. A reception will precede the lecture; co-sponsored by the P.I.ReedSchool of Journalism and the School of Business&Economics.


The panel features: Linda Arnold, CEO of the Arnold Agency, a full-service advertising, public relations and government firm in Charleston; Lorenelle White, owner and publisher of The State Journal , a weekly business newspaper based in Charleston; Mary Jane Gallagher, vice president of Golin/Harris; Julie Smith, senior partner and co-founder of CLG , a global leader in behavior-based strategy execution and performance improvement counseling.


  • Wednesday, March 21:”Big Story: The Extraordinary Path to Winning the Pulitzer, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, Mountainlair Ballroom. The panel is also a part of the WVU Festival of Ideas in Morgantown and Charleston.


The Pulitzer panel features:


  • David Halberstam, former reporter for T he New York Times, awarded the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam War reporting. Today, he is a best selling author. His trilogy of books on power in America”The Best and the Brightest (1972),”The Powers That Be”(1979) and”The Reckoning”(1986)have helped define the later part of the century. His best seller,”The Fifties,”was the basis for an eight-part series on The History Channel. His latest book,”The Children (1998), chronicles the lives of eight young civil rights activists he met in 1960 as a reporter for The (Nashville) Tennessean.

  • Thomas French of The St. Petersburg Times captured a 1998 Pulitzer for his detailed and compassionate portrait of a mother and two daughters slain on a Florida vacation.

  • Liz Balmaseda of The Miami Herald won the Pulitzer in 1993 for her commentary about deteriorating political and social conditions in Haiti and her columns about Cuban-Americans in Miami.

  • Terry Wimmer, a 1976 WVU graduate and the Shott Professor of Journalism at WVU , was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 while at the OrangeCounty (Calif.) Register as part of an investigative team that exposed theft and fraud at the University of California Irvines fertility clinic.


Journalism Week also features a number of mass media and communications professionalsmany of whom are successful WVU School of Journalism alumnithat will speak to students during weekday classes in Martin Hall. They are:


  • Toni Locy, an investigative reporter for _ USA Today_

  • Mike Fulton, Lane Bailey and Mary Jane Gallagher, top executives at Golin/Harris International in Washington, D.C.

  • Mark Casey, news director at KPNX -TV in Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Linda Arnold, president of the Arnold Agency in Charleston

  • Lorenelle White, publisher of The State Journal

  • Louise Seals, managing editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • Elizabeth Pellegrin, vice-president at Charles Ryan Associates in Charleston

  • Sam Hindman, publisher of the Charleston Daily Mail

  • Kim Gemondo, publisher of The Shinnston News&Journal


All Journalism Week activities are open to the public and free of charge. For a complete schedule of events, contact Brenda Sisler or Mary Furbee, 304-293-3505. Or email: mfurbee2@wvu.edu .