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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Keynote Seattle Conference

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith will keynote “Building a Community Workforce Effort,” a three-day symposium scheduled May 4-6 at the Doubletree Suites Hotel, Seattle.

Smith, the author of several best-selling books and creator of Public Broadcasting System documentaries, will speak on the history and evolution of workforce preparation at noon, Monday, May 4. The symposium features speakers, workshops and opportunities for professionals and volunteers in workforce preparation to network.

Smith won his 1974 Pulitzer for International Reporting for coverage of the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern Europe while a correspondent for the New York Times. He was also a member of a team of Times reporters who won the paper a 1972 Pulitzer for publication of the Pentagon papers.

Other speakers at the conference include Christine Day, vice president of marketing for Starbuck’s Coffee Co. and Thomas Lopp, chair of the National Curriculum Taskforce for Automotive Youth Educational System.

“The goal of this workshop is to build a firm foundation for people and organizations interested in preparing youth for future employment,” said Ellen Murphy, one of the conference planners. Murphy is an extension 4-H youth specialist at Washington State University’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

Contact Ellen Murphy at (253) 445-4542 for more information on the program. Contact Christ Eder at (509) 335-2954 for registration information.

The workshop is sponsored by WSU Cooperative Extension and the National 4-H Council.

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