Reynolds School of Journalism hosts 55th Annual Scripps Dinner with Pulitzer-Prize winner Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. was awarded a Pulitzer for commentary in 2004 for his column in the Miami Herald.

Dean Al Stavitsky presents Scripps speaker Leonard Pitts Jr. with a Stetson hat to honor Edward W. Scripps. II


4/2/2019 | By: Krysta Scripter |

The Reynolds School of Journalism hosted the 55th Annual Scripps Dinner and Lecture on Monday, April 1, 2019. Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. delivered a lecture on the state of journalism, including the White House’s open disdain for news media. Pitts writes fiction and nonfiction, and his column in the Miami Herald won him a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004.

“Nobody hates you unless you’re doing something that has an impact,” he said. 

The Scripps Howard Foundation awarded scholarships to Olivia Ali, Taylor Avery, Emily MacDiarmid and Lucia Starbuck, and student Madeline Purdue received the prestigious Scripps internship.

The dinner and lecture was held in honor of Edward "Ted" W. Scripps II, who graduated from the journalism program at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1952. The annual lectures were started by Scripps, who wanted students to hear directly from leaders in the journalism profession.

Members of the Scripps Family, Scripps scholarship recipients, university faculty and the Scripps speaker pose indoors.
Scripps scholar and her family pose indoors.
University faculty and guests pose indoors.
University faculty and guests chat indoors.
Dean Stavitsky speaks at the podium.
Dean Stavitsky speaks at the podium.
Leonard Pitts Jr. speaks at the podium.
Leonard Pitts Jr. speaks at the podium.
Leonard Pitts Jr. puts on a Stetson cowboy hat next to dean Stavitsky.
Leonard Pitts Jr. stands on stage next to dean Stavitsky.

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