Press Release for Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter to Speak at UNF

(904) 620-2140

The University of North Florida’s Distinguished Voices Lecture Series kicks off the new year with an appearance by Judith Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for The New York Times whose most recent book explores biological weapons.

Miller, who writes about national security issues with special emphasis on the Middle East and weapons of mass destruction, will speak Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lazzara Performance Hall at UNF’s Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Miller will discuss “National Security and Globalization.”

Her most recent book, Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, has generated considerable discussion in the United States and abroad. She and two other Times reporters worked on the book about the recent history of biological weapons. They said they wanted to sound an alarm about the coming threat of what they term “the poor man’s hydrogen bomb.” The book topped the Times’ best-seller list during the nation’s first anthrax attack.

Her experience with the Times started in 1977, when she joined the paper’s Washington bureau. She covered the securities industry, Congress, politics and foreign affairs, particularly the Middle East and nuclear proliferation issues. In 1983, Miller became the first women to be named chief of the Times’ Cairo, Egypt, bureau.

In 1986, she became the Times’ special correspondent in Paris, traveling throughout Europe and North Africa. In October 1990, she became the New York Times Magazine’s special correspondent, writing on many domestic and foreign affairs topics, including the Middle East.

In addition to her newest book, Miller has written God has Ninety-Nine Names, Reporting From a Militant Middle East, published in 1996, and One, By One, By One, an account of how people in six nations have distorted the memory of the Holocaust. A book she co-authored in 1990, Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf, was also a best seller.

In 2001, Miller won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for her work on Osama bin Laden. She was part of a small team of Times reporters who won the award for the project.

This is the inaugural season of the Distinguished Voices Lecture Series.

Media Note
Judith Miller will be available for media interviews before the lecture. Contact the Office of Media Relations and Events at (904) 620-2140 for information.

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