UWO Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize Board Member on Campus

6 10 2010
James VandeHei

James VandeHei, one of the co-founders of POLITICO.com and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

This Friday, Oct. 8,  a UWO alumnus and Journalism Department graduate will be giving a speech on campus.

Before graduating from UWO, James VandeHei had very similar positions that most journalism students can relate to. He covered sports for the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern and wrote for the Brillion News, a small-town newspaper in northeast Wisconsin. Since graduating in 1995, he has become exponentially more involved in the world of news.

VandeHei, an Oshkosh native, became a correspondent for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. As a reporter he started breaking national news, becoming the first reporter to write in 1998 how the Republicans were formally planning on impeaching President Clinton. He also became a regular analyst on MSNBC.

In 2007 VandeHei and several other colleagues launched POLITICO, a news organization covering national politics and government. The company is most famous for becoming one of the leaders in online political journalism. POLITICO has more than 100 employees and its website reaches over 3 million unique visitors every month.

Last year VandeHei received one of the biggest honors in the field of journalism and was elected to be on the Pulitzer Prize Board. He became the first member of the Pulitzer Prize Board who came from a primarily online news company. VandeHei said he was humbled to receive the position.

“In many ways, the Pulitzer Board is on the same mission as POLITICO: to embrace new media while fighting to protect the highest standards of writing, reporting and accuracy,” VandeHei said in a press release from POLITICO.com. “I am honored to be a part of this effort.”

Members of the UWO community are encouraged to see VandeHei speak on Friday, Oct. 8 from 9:30-10:20 a.m. in the Reeve Memorial Union theatre, room 307. His presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

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