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‘Blackwater’ author to speak on campus

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, a longtime correspondent and producer for the Pacifica radio program “Democracy Now!” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in Albright Auditorium.

His first book, “Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army,” has just been published by Nation Books. It is described as “a searing exposé of Blackwater USA, the Bush administration's shadow soldiers operating in Iraq, Afghanistan and inside the U.S.”

A Puffin Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, Scahill has received numerous accolades including the prestigious George Polk Award. While a correspondent for the national radio and television show “Democracy Now!, Scahill reported extensively from Iraq through both the Clinton and Bush administrations. He has also worked on the radio show “The Nation and has contributed to The Nation magazine.

Traveling through the hurricane zone in the wake of Katrina, Scahill exposed the presence of Blackwater mercenaries in New Orleans and his reporting sparked a Congressional inquiry and an internal Department of Homeland Security investigation.

WEOS-FM, the campus radio station, broadcasts both “Democracy Now” And “The Nation. Information on show times is available at WEOS.

Details on the book as well as a video of the author are available at Blackwater. Copies of the book are available at The College Store and will be sold at the lecture.

Student, faculty and staff tickets are free and available at the Student Life and Learning Office in the Scandling Center. Tickets for the public are free and available at the studio and offices of WEOS-FM, 113 Hamilton St.