The Donahue Institute Presents Sonia Nazario Award-Winning Author of Enrique's Journey

The Donahue Institute Presents Sonia Nazario Award-Winning Author of Enrique's Journey

September 28, 2011

On Tuesday, October 4th Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario will speak in de Witt Hall at 12:30 p.m. as the 2011-12 Distinguished Donahue Scholar.

Working as both a reporter and an author, she has spent 20 years writing about some of the most difficult issues faced by this country, including hunger, immigration, and drug addiction.

Her bestselling book Enrique's Journey was the common reading selection this fall for first-year students at Lasell.

"We are very excited that we are able to talk to the author of the Common Reading book and get her current perspective on the many issues raised by this book. The Donahue Institute strives to connect the classroom to society at large and this day-long campus visit by Sonia Nazario will achieve that on many levels," said Professor Tessa le Roux, Director of the Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life.

The recipient of several national journalism and book awards, her book about a Honduran boy searching for his mother, Enrique' s Journey, has become required reading for many college students across the nation. She has been named one the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a "trendsetter" by Hispanic Magazine.

A former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, she began her career at The Wall Street Journal, where she reported from four bureaus: New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. In 1993, she joined the Los Angeles Times.

Nazario grew up in Kansas and Argentina, is a graduate of Williams College and holds a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, Nazario received an honorary doctorate from Mount St. Mary's College.

Nazario has written extensively from Latin American and about Latinos in the United States. Nazario serves on the advisory boards of the University of North Texas Mayborn Literary Non-fiction Writer's Conference and Catch the Next, a non-profit working to double the number of Latinos enrolling in college. She also sits on the board of Kids In Need of Defense, a non-profit launched by Microsoft and actress Angelina Jolie to provide pro-bono attorneys to unaccompanied immigrant children.

She is now at work on her second book.