Distinguished Journalist Visits SLU-Madrid
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and contributing editor for The Washington Post, David Hoffman engaged students at SLU-Madrid in an interactive presentation on the use of narrative arts in journalism. Drawing from his vast professional experience, Hoffman spoke to students in Professor Pamela Rolfe's News Writing and Multiplatform Journalism classes about the importance of journalism and what it means to be a writer.
Hoffman presently serves as contributing editor for The Washington Post, where he has held key reporting and editorial positions. His coverage of the Reagan and Bush White Houses garnered three national journalism awards.
Hoffman has also held some of the The Washington Post's most coveted foreign posts, including Jerusalem bureau chief, Moscow bureau chief and assistant managing editor for foreign news.
The annual Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 2010 went to Hoffman for his second book, The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy, which was deemed "a well-documented narrative that examines the terrifying doomsday competition between two superpowers and how weapons of mass destruction still imperil humankind" by the prize committee.
"It's a luxury to have a journalist of the caliber of David Hoffman in the classroom," said Professor Rolfe. "David has not only held a front-row seat to most of recent history's key moments as correspondent and foreign editor of The Washington Post and had lots of interesting stories and tips, but has something very valuable to say to communication students about the importance and future of journalism."