The Washington Post reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner author Joby Warrick will be the keynote speaker at Wilkes University’s 17th annual Tom Bigler Journalism Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The conference’s theme is “The Changing Face of Journalism.” It invites local high school students to explore the ways the field has adapted to technological changes over time. The students will attend panels and information sessions focusing on the communications field. The conference is sponsored by the Wilkes Communication Studies Department.
Warrick joined the Post in 1996 covering issues such as national security, the environment and the Middle East. He is currently covering topics related to terrorism. His first book, Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, was awarded a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. The book traces how “the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents.” Prior to the Post, Warrick reported for the News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C., where he shared his 1996 Pulitzer Prize for public service with two colleagues for a series of articles on “the environmental and health risks of waste disposal systems used in North Carolina’s growing hog industry.”
For more information about attending the conference, contact Kalen Churcher, assistant professor of communication studies, at 570-408-4165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.