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Pulitzer Prize-winner to speak on the hunt for Bin Laden

Author: Arts and Letters


Steve Coll, recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes and former managing editor of the Washington Post, will present a lecture titled “Inside the Hunt for Osama Bin Laden” at 7p.m. Sept. 29 (Thursday) in the Jordan Auditorium of the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the presentation is free and open to the public. Jordan Auditorium is located in the Mendoza College of Business.

In his talk, Coll will discuss the search for Bin Laden, why it failed before Sept. 11, 2001, and what is happening now. His most recent book, “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,” won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Award for best book on foreign affairs, and the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book published on international affairs in 2004.

Coll, who recently joined The New Yorker as a writer, began his career in 1985 working for the Washington Post. He went on to serve as the newspaper’s New York financial correspondent, and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for an article he co-wrote on the Securities and Exchange Commission. He also served as the Post’s South Asia bureau chief, editor and publisher before becoming managing editor in 1998. His other honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Award for his coverage of Sierra Leone’s civil war and the Overseas Press Club Award for international magazine writing.

More information on the Kroc Institute, the Kellogg Institute and their events can be found on the Web at and .

Originally published by Meghan Winger at on September 20, 2005.