The University of Nevada, Reno Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism in partnership with Nevada Humanities presents the 2021 Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Program, honoring Frank X. Mullen. Mullen is a Reno-based investigative reporter, author, historian, actor and university instructor.
Mullen will speak during a free, public event, “Writing the Range: From the Donner Party Trail to the Front Page,” on the University campus on Thursday, November 4, at 7 p.m. Interested individuals can register to attend in person or virtually through 2021 Laxalt Eventbrite website.
A reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal (RGJ) for 25 years, Mullen reported stories about the state of Nevada and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the RGJ. He is the author of “The Donner Party Chronicles: A Day-By-Day Account of a Doomed Wagon Train,” a newspaper series turned book about the ill-fated pioneers. This year, he was inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Laxalt Distinguished Writer Program events are sponsored by the Reynolds School and Nevada Humanities with generous support from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Sundance Books and Music and community contributors.
The Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Program was established in 2001 to inspire new generations of writers in honor of Laxalt, who developed from news reporter to fiction and nonfiction author during his prolific career.