Visitor to address minorities, LGBT coverage, portrayals in journalism

A veteran journalist who reported from 13 different states while covering the 2012 presidential election and who has experience as foreign correspondent will be featured in a free public session as part of Asian-American Heritage Month activities in the College of Communications at Penn State.

Bobby Calvan, who works for the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and leads The Heartland Project based at the University of Nebraska, will address his career, minorities in journalism and much more at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in 160 Willard Building on the University Park campus.

As lead reporter for The Heartland Project -- a collaboration between AAJA, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and the University of Nebraska -- Calvan works to increase media coverage of minorities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Nebraska. He works with journalism faculty and students to produce stories and multimedia projects that involve LGBT communities and communities of color, focusing on four topic areas: access to healthcare, economic recovery, immigration and domestic violence.

Prior to his work with the Heartland Project, Calvan reported for the Boston Globe focusing on national political stories. He reported from 13 states, from Colorado to Maine, as part of his coverage of the 2012 presidential elections. As a foreign reporting fellow for the International Center for Journalists, he traveled to Laos to report on the millions of unexploded U.S. bombs that still menace the country. At the Sacramento Bee, he wrote about the policy, politics and human consequences of healthcare. He also covered the war in Iraq for McClatchy Newspapers.

Heritage Month activities are sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Communications.

Last Updated April 10, 2014