UHS student journalist gets rare invitation to meet Pulitzer-winning reporters
UHS student journalist gets rare invitation to meet Pulitzer-winning reporters
Posted on 10/21/2016
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Utica High School student journalist Colin Baker has earned a rare opportunity to learn from the experts.

As a result of his award-winning work, Baker has received an all expense-paid invitation to meet five journalists who have earned the Pulitzer Prize at a state conference of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association.

“I'm super excited for this opportunity MIPA is giving me,” Baker said. “To meet such famous and prestigious reporters is an honor.”

Professional journalists that Baker will meet include:

-Fox 2 Detroit investigative reporter M.L. Elrick and Jim Schaefer of the Detroit Free Press, who won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting for their work at the Free Press uncovering of a pattern of lies by former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
-Eric Freedman, director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University, and Jim Mitzelfield, who won the 1994 Pultizer Prize in Beat Reporting for their work at The Detroit News uncovering financial abuses by the Michigan House Fiscal Agency.
-Nichole Christian, who was part of a New York Times team that produced the newspaper’s A Nation Challenged special section, which was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
-Author and Washington Post associate editor Steve Luxenberg, whose reporters have been honored with two Pulitzer Prizes for explanatory journalism.

MIPA is recognizing the 100th year of the Pulitzer Prize at its annual conference this weekend. 

This summer, Baker was honored by MIPA with a best in class award for his participation in a journalism summer camp at Michigan State University.