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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Iowa Journalist Tells His Story

Posted on: May 02, 2019

Pulitzer prize winner, Art Cullen will be doing a presentation of his story “Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope From a Heartland Newspaper” and autographing his book, Tuesday May 2 at 10:30 a.m. The presentation will take place in the Advanced Sciences Bldg., Room L416/417, Entrance 11 at Western Iowa Tech Community College 4647 Stone Ave.  This presentation is brought to the public by WITCC’s Lifelong Learning.

Cullen’s story “A reminder that even the smallest newspaper can hold the most powerful among us accountable...Cullen and his brother are heroic figures.” – The New York Times Book Review

When The Storm Lake Times, a tiny Iowa twice-weekly newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for taking on big corporate agri-industry for poisoning the local rivers and lake, it was a coup in several ways: a point for the well-being of a rural community, a win for a family-run rural newspaper, and applause to the talents and tenacity of a native son. Art Cullen has included this information in his best-selling non-fiction work, “Storm Lake: A Chronicle of Change, Resilience, and Hope From a Heartland Newspaper.” The Pulitzer judges wrote that Cullen won for his “editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa.” 

“Storm Lake” is part memoir/family history and a political critique that traces the dramatic changes and challenges faced by his home town in the last forty years. As a result, he takes on issues such as pollution, immigration, political corruption and industrial agriculture.

This work has received accolades from various readers and reviewers around the country. Chief Political Correspondent of The Washington Post, Dan Balz notes “Pulitzer Prize winner Art 

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