2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist and alum Brendan McCarthy visits campus
October 13, 2009
Brendan McCarthy '04, staff writer at The Times-Picayune and 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist, spoke to a packed room of Emerson students recently about his experience as a journalist working the crime beat in New Orleans.
Since joining The Times-Picayune in December 2006, McCarthy covered violence, the police department, and the city's criminal justice system. His eight-part series, Homicide 37, was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. The Homicide 37 series chronicled the investigation into an all-too-routine murder of a New Orleans teenager.
McCarthy was also named the winner of the 2009 Mike Berger Award, a national prize conferred by Columbia University for in-depth, human-interest reporting. Before working at The Times-Picayune, McCarthy was a metro reporting resident at the Chicago Tribune.
Emerson Journalism Department Chair and investigative journalist Ted Gup does work outside the classroom to enhance his students’ education. He gives insight on the aspirations of journalism students at Emerson.