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Release: April 2, 2001

Pulitzer winner to speak at annual UI journalism awards banquet

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Angelo Henderson will speak to University of Iowa journalism students and guests at the annual School of Journalism and Mass Communication Fourth Estate Banquet on Friday, April 6. Henderson, a senior special writer for Page One of The Wall Street Journal, will speak at about 8 p.m., after dinner and before the presentation of more than $120,000 in scholarships to journalism students.

Also at the banquet, Jim Harris, owner of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City, will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. John Soloski, director of the school, said Harris, who is a 1969 journalism graduate, was chosen in recognition of his unflagging dedication to literature, the university and the community.

Henderson won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished feature writing for his dramatic narrative detailing the lives affected by an attempted drugstore robbery that ended in the robber's death. The story, which appeared in the Jan. 28, 1998 edition of The Wall Street Journal, is posted on the Pulitzer Web site,

In June 2000, Henderson was honored once again by Columbia University as one of the nation's best reporters on race and ethnicity in America. SuccessGuide magazine named him one of 39 African-American Achievers To Watch in the next millennium. These were mid-career professionals who are expected to make history and set the course for future generations.

Over the years, Henderson has won several other journalism awards, including the Detroit Press Club Foundation (1993), Unity Award for Excellence in minority reporting for Public Affairs/Social Issues (1993), National Association of Black Journalists Award for outstanding coverage of the Black Condition, and Best of Gannett Award for Business/Consumer Reporting (1992).

Prior to writing exclusively for the front page of The Wall Street Journal, Henderson was the deputy bureau chief of its Detroit bureau, managing reporters while writing stories that focused on the global automotive industry. During his 14-year journalism career, Henderson has covered beats that range from drugs, crime and neighborhoods to real estate and small and minority business at The St. Petersburg Times in Florida, The Courier-Journal in Louisville and The Detroit News. For nearly six years at The Detroit News, Henderson covered minority business and economic development. He remains based in Detroit.