Journalism session features Pulitzer Prize finalist, Huffington Post editor

September 28, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two highly respected veteran journalists will visit Penn State and participate in a question-and-answer session focusing on the state of the news industry, job preparation, and more at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library.

The session will feature Russell Gold and John Montorio and will be moderated by Russ Eshleman, a senior lecturer in the College of Communications and interim head of the Department of Journalism.

Gold, an award-winning investigative journalist and former Pulitzer Prize finalist, writes for The Wall Street Journal. He formerly worked at the San Antonio Express-News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He also published a book titled “The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World” in 2014. Gold is coming to campus through Penn State Reads, which chose “The Boom” as its 2015-16 book. Gold will conduct multiple lectures Oct. 12-13 through Penn State Reads.

Montorio was most recently the executive features editor of The Huffington Post. He has also served as managing editor for the Los Angeles Times and an associate managing editor at The New York Times. He is visiting as part of the Hearst Visiting Journalist Program in the College of Communications and will also speak to a variety of classes Oct. 12-13.

Penn State Reads is a common book program designed to provide a shared experience among new students and encourage intellectual engagement. Each year, a book is selected for students who are members of the incoming class to read. The book is discussed in some classes and events are planned throughout the year that connect to the book.   

Last Updated September 29, 2015