Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist to Speak at SUNY Canton

Eugene RobinsonIssues surrounding race and Black America have often influenced the work of Eugene H. Robinson.

The Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and associate editor of The Washington Post is coming to SUNY Canton, and will be speaking at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Robinson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focused on the election of the first African-American president and showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.

After receiving the award, he said he never wrestled with being a black journalist covering a black presidential candidate. “The great thing about a column is that you have a license to feel,” Robinson said. “I tried to allow myself to go with those feelings at times when it was appropriate.”

Prior to his 25-year tenure at The Washington Post, Robinson began his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle. When he arrived in Washington, he started as a city hall reporter and was eventually promoted to city editor. He served as South America correspondent, London bureau chief, foreign editor, and the assistant managing editor. In 2005, he began writing a column for the Op-Ed page of the Post. His column now appears on Tuesdays and Fridays

Robinson is the author of three books: “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” (2010), “Last Dance in Havana” (2004), and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race” (1999).

In addition to his written work, Robinson is a prominent political analyst for MSNBC and frequents shows such as “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Morning Joe,” “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

The event is sponsored by SUNY Canton’s Student Government Association and the College Activities Board and is free and open to the public.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.