Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Pulitzer Prize winner to address Caring for Kids luncheon this month

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 9, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Julie SullivanJulie Sullivan, Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter, will address this year's Caring for Kids luncheon on Sept. 28. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

Julie Sullivan, an investigative reporter at The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon, will be the guest speaker at the Sept. 28 Caring for Kids luncheon, to benefit Morning Star Boys’ Ranch and St. Anne Children and Family Center.

Sullivan shared the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with three colleagues who exposed flaws in the Immigration and Naturalization Service, including the jailing of children.

In 2003, she co-wrote a special report on child deaths on the Warm Springs Reservation.  Her 2002 report on Oregon’s forced sterilization of more than 2,600 children and adults led to an apology by Gov. John Kitzhaber and the declaration of an annual Human Rights Day. In 2001, her report on the families of children with autism, “This is How We Live,” won the national Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism. Sullivan notes that her work is driven by a passion for “making invisible people visible – giving a voice to those who don’t have one.” She wants to connect people to all children.

Born and raised in Butte, Montana, Sullivan earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Montana. She joined The Oregonian in 1999 after reporting in Spokane, Wasilla, Alaska, and Billings and Missoula, Montana. She is married to Jim Springhetti, a designer at The Oregonian. They have two children. 

The luncheon will be held at the Red Lion Grand Hotel from 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m. For reservations and information, please call 358-4254.

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