February 02, 2009


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Deborah Nelson will give a book talk on Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

Seating is limited to the first 40 attendees; C-SPAN is planning to tape the book talk for later broadcast. Following her talk, Nelson will speak with Bucknell students about journalism and media careers.

Nelson is the author of The War Behind Me: Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth About U.S. War Crimes.

In what the Boston Globe called "the best tradition of investigative journalism," Nelson  examines the truth behind a declassified army archive. She seeks answers from the men accused of committing atrocities, the witnesses who reported them, and the higher-ups who covered them up.

In reviewing her book, the Seattle Times concluded that "Nelson is one of the most experienced, talented investigative journalists alive." The New York Times Book Review named The War Behind Me an Editor's Choice, calling it "an important book."

For more information about the book, see www.thewarbehindme.com. Books will be available at the talk.

Nelson is the director of the Carnegie Center at the University of Maryland's Merrill College of Journalism. Her career includes a 1996 Pulitzer for investigation of abuse in a federal Indian housing program, an AAAS Science Journalism award for investigation of genetic therapy, and subsequent work as an editor helping to produce two other Pulitzer-winning series for the Los Angeles Times.

Contact: Division of Communications

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