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Journalist Corey Johnson will discuss his Pulitzer-Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times series, “Poisoned,” on Wed., April 12, 4-6 p.m., at New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion (60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor [at LaGuardia Place]).

At the event, Johnson will speak on environmental racism, the power of journalism to address state and corporate misconduct, and how his career led him to being one of the few Black reporters in history to win the Pulitzer in investigative reporting. 

This in-person and virtual event, hosted by NYU Liberal Studies, is free and open to the public. Registration is required by visiting the event page

While at the Tampa Bay Times, Johnson, now a reporter at ProPublica, led the “Poisoned” project, which revealed how Florida’s only lead smelter endangered hundreds of workers and polluted the surrounding community. The three-part series, with Rebecca Woolington and Eli Murray, led to immediate safety improvements, a lawsuit, new oversight rules, and government penalties. In addition to capturing the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting, the series won the George Polk Award, the Gerald Loeb Award, the IRE Gold Medal, the Worth Bingham Prize, a News Leader Association Award, a National Headliners Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence Award.

Before the Tampa Bay Times, Johnson worked at the Marshall Project and the Center for Investigative Reporting. His other past work has included an examination of sentencing of Black juveniles and the uncovering of hundreds of illegal and coercive sterilization surgeries inside California women’s prisons. Johnson, a graduate of Florida A&M University, is a co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society, which teaches investigative craft to aspiring and mid-career journalists of color. 

Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); R, W (8th Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

For more information or to request accessibility accommodations, please email lsdeansoffice@nyu.edu or call 212.998.7120.

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Liberal Studies at NYU is recognized for its interdisciplinary, global liberal arts curriculum, experiential learning and small, seminar-style classes. It offers the best of both worlds: a small college experience nestled within a large urban research university. Liberal Studies has the second largest entering first year undergraduate class each year at NYU. Its classrooms are small; its presence is large and far-reaching. 


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