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March 27, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter Hedrick Smith spoke to students and faculty today in the Gamache-Koger Theatre in preparation for his speech at the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy lecture series.

Smith quizzed those in attendance on their thoughts on topics such as the American economy, the minimum wage debate, congressional gerrymandering and labor unions.

In 26 years with The New York Times, Smith covered Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights struggle, the Vietnam War in Saigon, the Middle East conflict from Cairo, the Cold War from both Moscow and Washington, and six American presidents and their administrations.

In 1971, as chief diplomatic correspondent, Smith was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series. In 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe.

As a documentarian, Smith has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series for PBS since 1989 on such varied topics as terrorism, Wall Street and Wal-Mart to Enron, health care and  the environment.

Smith, whose latest book, “Who Stole the American Dream?” was published in 2012, will speak tonight at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m.

Forums are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters are provided.

Smith will sign copies of his book in the auditorium following the lecture.

Call (904) 819-6400 for more information.