Madison College’s 2013 Writer’s Life lecture series begins Feb. 7

Announcement from Madison College:

Don’t miss your chance to join The “Writer’s Life” series as it kicks off a new year with a panel discussion on political writing.

Journalists Mary Spicuzza, Bill Lueders, JR Ross and Shezad will discuss their political writing careers at the Madison College “Writer’s Life” Lecture Series held at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 (Thursday) at Madison College’s Downtown campus

Spicuzza is a state government reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.  Named a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist for breaking news, she helped lead coverage of massive protests at the state Capitol over Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to all but end collective bargaining for Wisconsin’s public workers. The paper’s “Capitol Shocker” coverage also won a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award in 2011 for deadline reporting and other awards. A journalist and documentary filmmaker, her work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, St. Petersburg Times, The Seattle Times and SF Weekly. She co-produced the documentary film Matias about the life and death of a Mexican migrant worker, which was featured by PBS Frontline/World, titled “A Death in the Desert.”

Lueders is a reporter for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Lueders is a veteran Wisconsin newspaper editor and reporter who came to the Center after 25 years at Isthmus, a Madison weekly. He is also the elected president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, a statewide group that works to protect public access to meetings and records. He has received national awards for editorial writing and reporting on animal issues and state awards for investigative, legal, interpretative and business reporting. He is the author of three books: An Enemy of the State: The Life of Erwin Knoll, Cry Rape: The True Story of One Woman’s Harrowing Quest for Justice and Watchdog: 25 Years of Muckraking and Rabblerousing.

Ross is editor of WisPolitics, a political news service located in Madison, and formerly a reporter for the Associated Press. He writes a political blog.

Shezad is a Madison College student here from Pakistan. He is pursuing a journalism certificate and comes to Madison having been a reporter in Pakistan.

The Feb. 7 panel discussion will be held in Room 240. Natasha Kassulke, Madison College adjunct journalism instructor, will be the moderator. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

The public is invited free of charge.

The Madison College “The Writer’s Life” Lecture Series is sponsored by the college’s Yahara Journal and The Clarion publications.