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February 2, 1998

Regents lecture to focus on Washington reportage

Dana Priest

By Jennifer McNulty

Veteran Washington Post reporter Dana Priest will deliver a free public talk entitled "Working in Washington: Covering Public (and Private) Life," on Friday, February 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Classroom Unit 2.

Priest, who graduated from UCSC in 1981, is giving the talk as part of her return to campus as a UC Regents' Lecturer for the month of February. She is coteaching a sociology course with sociology professor Paul Lubeck entitled Media Matters.

As the Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post, Priest has written about arms sales, sexual harassment, the Bosnia deployment, and financial scandals. In the position, she has traveled to Israel, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Bosnia, and Germany. Since joining the newspaper in 1986, Priest has been an assistant foreign editor, a reporter on the Metro staff covering jail overcrowding, a prolonged coal miners strike, the invasion of Panama, and police, courts, and schools issues. She has also covered federal employee issues, Iraq before the war, and President Clinton's health care reform plan.

Priest attended Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and has also reported for the St. Petersburg Times and various freelance outlets. She has also appeared on CBS's Face the Nation, Washington Week-in-Review, Frontline, and C-Span. Priest, a former editor-in-chief of City on a Hill Press, lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

For more information on Priest's residency, call the UCSC Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at (408) 459-2833.

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