From Ferguson to the finish line
Join us Oct. 3 for an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Messenger, a columnist for the paper, won this year's top journalism prize for distinguished commentary for a series of columns he did on debtors' prisons on Missouri. He also has written extensively on Ferguson. In Milwaukee, Messenger will discuss "From Ferguson to the Finish Line: A Path Forward on Criminal Justice Reform."
The WJI event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Ivy House, 906 S. Barclay St., Milwaukee.
There will be an informal reception following Messenger's talk and a question-and-answer period.
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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tony Messenger is the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's metro columnist, a position he has held since Sept. 2015. He was previously the editorial page editor at the Post-Dispatch and was hired at the paper in 2008 in the state capital bureau.
He began his career at a small weekly newspaper in Colorado, where he was born and raised. He has worked in Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska, South Dakota and Missouri at weeklies, dailies and magazines.
In 2019, Messenger won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his series of columns on debtors prisons in Missouri. In 2016, Messenger was awarded a Missouri Honor Medal, the highest award bestowed by the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. That same year he won a National Headliner for editorial writing. In 2015, Messenger was a Pulitzer finalist for his series of editorials on Ferguson, and won the Sigma Delta Chi award for best editorials of the year, given by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Messenger lives in Wildwood with his wife and two children. He has four grown children and seven grandchildren.
You're invited to the Sept. 18 WJI Salon featuring Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Ed Fallone. Fallone, a Marquette University Law School professor, will talk about his campaign and his qualifications and take questions from the audience. Fallone is one of three announced candidates. The others are Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky and incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly. The primary election is Feb. 18; the general election is April 7.
The Salon will be Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Riverfront Pizzeria, 509 E. Erie St.
As usual, a buffet lunch will be served. It will include a main dish, pizza, salad, and garlic bread. Vegetarian options will be available. The cost of the buffet is $14. Please make your reservation by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. (Sorry, no refunds for cancellations made after that time.) Click here to reserve your seat and order lunch.
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