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Pulitzer Prize-winner to deliver commencement keynote

Posted Apr. 26, 2012

Former Ashtabulan and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz will deliver the keynote at the Kent State University at Ashtabula spring commencement. Ceremonies are Friday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Gymnasium and are for ticket-holders only.

Connie SchultzSchultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, and a regular essayist for Parade Magazine. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Commen­tary for columns that judges praised for providing "a voice for the underdog and the underprivileged."

 Also in 2005, Schultz won the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary and the National Headliner Award for Commentary. She was a 2003 Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing for her series, "The Burden of Innocence," which chronicled the ordeal of Michael Green, who was imprisoned for 13 years for a rape he did not commit. The week after her series ran, the real rapist turned himself in after reading her stories. The series won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting, the National Headliner Award's Best of Show and journalism awards from Harvard and Columbia universities.

In 2004, Schultz won the Batten Medal, which honors "a body of journalistic work that reflects compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog."

Schultz is also a fellow with the Vietnam Reporting Project. Her 2011 series, "Unfinished Business," explored the long-term impact of Agent Orange in the U.S., and in Vietnam. Recently, the series won the Associated Press Managing Editors Journalism Excellence Award in International Perspective.

Schultz is the author of two books published by Random House: "Life Happens – And Other Unavoidable Truths," a collection of essays, and "…and His Lovely Wife," a mem­oir about her husband Sherrod Brown's successful 2006 race for the U.S. Senate.

Schultz is a native of Ashtabula and is an Ashtabula High School graduate. She and her husband have four grown children and one grandson.