Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to host talk on news media and national security at SUNY New Paltz – The Legislative Gazette

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Barton Gellman, left, 2022 James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism, speaks during a Q&A hosted by SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian, to the right. Gellman will give a talk titled “Secrets, Leaks and the National Security State,” on the New Paltz campus on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author, and visiting professor Barton Gellman will deliver a talk titled “Secrets, Leaks, and the National Security State” at 7 p.m. April 5 on the SUNY New Paltz campus.

Gellman, a writer at The Atlantic, is a 2022 SUNY New Paltz Visiting Professor at Ottaway and is teaching a course this spring semester called “The Literature of Fact,” which focuses on writing narrative-style magazine articles. He also taught classes and hosted a series of lectures at Princeton University.

Bart Gelman

Gellman spent more than two decades at the Washington Post and was recognized for his reporting on national security and the war on terror. He anchored the team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Public Service Prize for coverage of the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden. Gellman previously received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series on Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2002, he was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his coverage of the September 11 attacks and their aftermath.

Gellman is also the author of several books, including “Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State” and the best-selling “Angler: The Cheney Vice-Presidency.”

More recently, Gellman has become one of the nation’s leading voices covering the January 6, 2021 attacks on the U.S. Capitol and related threats to the nation’s political order.

Gellman’s other professional honors include two George Polk Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, two Emmy Awards for a PBS Frontline documentary, Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

The call will be hosted live on the SUNY New Paltz campus in Room 100 of the Conference Center and will also be streamed live. The event is free and open to the public. Q&As and book signings will follow the talk. Anyone interested in viewing the live stream can join via the WebEx link below:


The James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professorship is named for the founder of Ottaway Newspapers Inc., who was a leader of the American Press Institute and a longtime supporter of high-quality journalism in the River Valley. Hudson and around the world. The Ottaway Visiting Professorship at SUNY New Paltz was established in 2000 through the generosity of James H. Ottaway Jr. ’18 (HON) and Mary Ottaway ’70 (Elementary Teaching).

Ottaway’s previous visiting professors have included Pulitzer Prize winners, foreign correspondents, book authors, editors, investigative journalists, and experts in finance, science, and mainstream journalism.

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