Journalist Stephen Wolgast to speak at SCCC Library

Joe Denoyer - October 13, 2022 3:20 pm


LIBERAL, Kan. – The Saints Scribes speaker series concludes with a presentation by journalist Stephen Wolgast at noon on Friday, October 14 in the Seward County Community College Library.

Wolgast, a journalist and instructor at University of Kansas, will discuss how to get started on writing ideas through talking to others to get information. He will also go over the different types of questions to ask and how to listen actively to the subject’s answers.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Wolgast is Knight Chair in Audience and Community Engagement for News at the University of Kansas. A journalist with more than three decades of professional and academic experience, Wolgast served as an editor at The New York Times for nine years. There, he contributed to “A Nation Challenged” special section, which was published daily after 9/11, and for which the newsroom received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2002.

Wolgast began his career as a photographer at the Topeka Capital-Journal. He has worked as a reporter at The Baltic Independent in Tallinn, Estonia, as an editor at the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, and as a newsroom manager at the Akron Beacon Journal, a Knight-Ridder newspaper.

Wolgast began his teaching career at Kansas State University, where he served as a professor of the practice of journalism, teaching classes in reporting and entrepreneurial journalism. He also served as the director of Collegian Media Group, the nonprofit publisher of student media.

Wolgast earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas State University and his master’s in journalism from Columbia University.

For more information, contact Seward County Community College Library at (620) 417-1160.

The Saints Scribes speaker series program is made possible through a grant by the American Library Association with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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