Saint Louis University School of Law, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law and Advocacy and the St. Louis Beacon will welcome Jon Sawyer as the 2011-2012 James C. Millstone Lecturer at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the William H. Kniep Courtroom at Morrissey Hall.
Sawyer's lecture, "Bringing Stories Home: New Approaches to Covering the World," will focus on the evolution of international reporting.
This year's lecture will honor Richard Dudman for his distinguished reporting and his contributions to American journalism. Dudman was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch correspondent for 31 years. One of his early reports involved working his way into a St. Louis Work House riot and dictating an eyewitness account. That led to foreign assignments, mostly in wars and revolutions, in Guatemala, Argentina, the Middle East, Ireland, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Algeria, Laos, China and Vietnam, as well as a post at the Washington Bureau beginning in 1954.
On assignment in Southeast Asia in 1970, Dudman was captured by Vietcong guerrillas in Cambodia while covering the Vietnam War. He was released after about five weeks after persuading his captors that he was a newspaperman and not a CIA spy. His capture led to a series of articles for the Post-Dispatch and a book titled, 40 Days with the Enemy. His other book, Men of the Far Right, was published in 1962.
Sawyer is the founding director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that funds independent reporting with the intent of raising the standard of media coverage and engaging the broadest possible public in global affairs. The Center partners with major online publications, newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets, as well as universities and high schools across the country.
Sawyer was selected three years in a row for the National Press Club's award for best foreign reporting. The Pulitzer Center has won an Emmy for new approaches to news and documentary, the National Press Foundation's prize for best online journalism, the National Press Club's prize for best online journalism, and the Asia Society's Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize for best use of technology in international education. He lives in Washington.