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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Featured in “Spotlight” Movie to Speak at COMDay

March 04, 2016

Michael Rezendes, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and member of The Boston Globe Spotlight team highlighted in this year's Oscar-winning Best Picture Spotlight, will be the keynote speaker at this year's COMDay.

The annual day-long event, sponsored by Lasell's Communication Department, is designed to introduce Communication majors to careers in the field. This year's event, themed "Spotlight on Storytelling," will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in de Witt Hall beginning at 9:30 am and running until 5:45 pm.

Rezendes was a member of the investigative reporting team that revealed a cover-up of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Boston -- work that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. The team's investigation was the subject of the film Spotlight, which won a Best Picture Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards held February 28.

"We're excited to have Mike Rezendes with us this year because he's at the top of his field as an investigative reporter with The Boston Globe," said Marie C. Franklin, journalism professor at Lasell and a former Globe staff member. "To have him speak to us so close to the [film's Oscar win] makes his visit all the more memorable. Our students are lucky to learn from him."

Rezendes, who will be speaking at 2 pm, has also played a significant role in other major stories of our time including the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, financial corruption in the nation's charitable foundations and abuses in the debt collection industry.

In addition to Keynote Speaker Rezendes, Communication students will learn from Distinguished Speaker Dr. Brenda Wrigley, an Associated Professor and Department Chair of Marketing Communications at Emerson College. Wrigley, who will speak at 11 am, teaches and conducts research in the areas of gender and diversity, public relations, corporate communications, crisis communications, and management. She is particularly well-versed in LGBTQ issues affecting organizations and society and in diversity training.

Other events during the day include a speed networking session where the panelists tell students what employers are looking for in new hires and a Life After Lasell: Communication Alumni Panel with recent successful alumni including Ryan MacLeod '15 of Gatehouse Media, Arianna St. Pierre '14 of WGME, CBS News, and Matt Arias '14 WBZ News and Magic 106.7, among others.

A full list of events is available online.

"I love COMDay. This is my third time volunteering and I always learn something new about the field," Lasell senior Quentin Anderson. "The speakers are so inspiring. I think it's a great experience for not only COM students but anyone who wants to get into the media or communications field."

Questions about the event can be directed to Professor Erin Vicente at