UNH Journalism Program Celebrates
Two alums from Washington Post to speak Oct. 3
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 24, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. – Two alumni of the Journalism Program at the
New Hampshire will kick off the program’s 40th anniversary celebration
Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strafford Room at the Memorial Union
Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Kevin Sullivan, ’81, Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer
Prize winner, and Matthew Vita, ’78, deputy editor for national
security at the Washington Post overseeing the Post’s coverage
of U.S. diplomatic, military and intelligence policy, will speak
about covering the post 9/11 world at home and abroad.
Sullivan and his wife, Mary Jordan, won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for
international reporting for exposing corruption in Mexico’s criminal
justice system. He has been co-bureau chief of the Post’s Mexico City
Bureau since 2000, covering Mexico, Cuba and Central America. He held the same
position in the Post’s Tokyo bureau from 1995 to 1999. Sullivan joined
the Post in 1991.
Vita worked for the Associated Press in Vermont
and Warsaw, Poland, and opened a London bureau for the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution and its parent company, Cox Newspapers. He
returned to the United States in 1993 as a diplomatic correspondent
for Cox in Washington. Since joining the Post in 1997, Vita covered
Congress and the 2000 House and Senate campaigns, and has been
congressional editor deputy foreign editor.
The reunion will also feature the announcement of the Michael Kelly Memorial
Scholarship Fund. Kelly, ’79, was the first American journalist killed
in Iraq. Gifts made to the fund will be used to provide scholarship support
for students interested in journalism. To donate, call (800) 738-7426 or write
UNH Foundation, Inc., 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824. Gifts can also be
online at www.foundation.unh.edu
All contributions are fully tax deductible as allowed by law.
Editors and News Directors: Photos of Kevin Sullivan and Matt
Vita are available to dowload at http://unhinfo.unh.edu/news/news_releases/2003/april/sullivan300.jpg and http://unhinfo.unh.edu/news/img/liberalarts/mattvita300.jpg