September 19, 2000 GENEVA, NY-Richard Ben Cramer, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus to discuss his soon to be released book, Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 25, in the Sanford Room on the Colleges campus. Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life is scheduled to be released next month by Simon & Schuster. The event is free. The public is encouraged to attend.
Cramer, a native of Rochester, is also the author of What it Takes: The Way to the White House. He holds a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins and a master's degree from Columbia Journalism School. He began his professional reporting at The Evening Sun in Baltimore. In 1976, Cramer began work in the newsroom at The Philadelphia Inquirer and in late 1977 was given the opportunity to cover the Middle East peace talks in Egypt. His coverage of the peace negotiations won him the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. In 1984, after a brief return to the Inquirer, Cramer moved to New York to work as a freelance writer and published several articles in Esquire and Rolling Stone.
Cramer spent the last five years writing the DiMaggio book. In it, “Cramer presents a stunning, often shocking, portrait of the hero nobody knew. The story sweeps through the 20th century, bringing to light along the way not just America's national game, but her movie stars, mobsters, pols, writers, and the price of modern national celebrity.”
Prior to that, Cramer spent six years writing What it Takes, using the 1988 presidential campaign to examine the forces that motivate those who run for President of the United States. In 1992, Cramer and television producer Thomas Lennon wrote the Choice '92 for PBS's Frontline series. This biographical profile of President George Bush and presidential candidate Bill Clinton won the Special Jury Award at the San Francisco Film Festival. In 1994 Cramer and Lennon wrote their second piece together for PBS's Frontline, Tabloid Truth. For the PBS series The American Experience, Cramer and Lennon wrote The Battle over Citizen Kane, a look at the destructive battle between genius boy Orson Welles and tycoon William Randolph Hearst. This documentary was nominated for an academy award.
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