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The New York Times executive editor headlines next month’s Renwick Lecture

Loyola press release - February 6, 2015

New Orleans native and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dean Baquet H'13, executive editor of The New York Times, will explore his life story in connection with his experiences with the political process in the sixth installment of the Ed Renwick Lecture Series, sponsored by Loyola's Institute of Politics.

“From the Big Easy to the Big Apple: An Evening with Dean Baquet,” takes place Monday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monroe Hall on main campus. The discussion will be led by TV anchor Lee Zurik of WVUE Fox 8. A Q&A will follow. It is free and open to the public.

Before joining The New York Times in 1990 as a metro editor, Baquet reported for the Chicago Tribune from 1984 to 1990, and before that, for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for nearly seven years. Baquet started out covering police at New Orleans’ now-defunct States-Item. He attended St. Augustine High School, and his family ran Eddie’s, a Creole restaurant in the city’s Seventh Ward. He received an honorary degree from Loyola in 2013.

Baquet was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting at the Chicago Tribune in March 1988 when he led a team of three in documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 in the investigative reporting category.

In 1992, he became special projects editor for the business desk at The New York Times, and in 1994, he held the same title but operated out of the executive editor’s office. He rose through the ranks, including stints as national editor, Washington bureau chief, managing editor and finally as executive editor in May 2014.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Baquet received the Peter Lisagor Award for Investigative Reporting in 1988 as well as the Chicago Tribune’s William H. Jones Award for Investigative Reporting in 1987, 1988 and 1989 and numerous local and regional awards.

For more information, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or publaff@loyno.edu.