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War correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist to visit CSUB

Ann SimmonsCalifornia State University, Bakersfield will host Los Angeles Times journalist Ann Simmons on Monday, February 24th at 6pm in the Student Union Multipurpose Room as part of several events being held in honor of Black History Month.

"Ann Simmons is an exemplar in the journalistic world,” said Elizabeth Jackson, CSUB Communications Professor and friend of Simmons.  “As a woman of color, and as a reporter who has covered more than 30 nations - many of which were active war zones -she is no less than awe-inspiring in the recounting of her global encounters, and in the sharing of her current professional insights.

Simmons currently serves as a video journalist for the Los Angeles Times website as a reporter, field producer and presenter. Her career spans more than 20 years during which she has covered many of the world’s most significant stories including the War in Iraq, where she suffered injuries from a suicide bomb attack. In additional war-related coverage, Simmons was embedded with the United States Army when American troops were sent to the Balkans.  As former bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times’ Nairobi and Johannesburg division, she covered the United States Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. 

Simmons, who speaks fluent Russian, also covered the demise of the Soviet Union, the aborted coup against former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the rise to power of Boris Yeltsin and the hardships faced by average Russians as they struggled to transition from socialism to a market economy.

Stateside, in addition to covering Hurricane Katrina, Simmons was part of a team of reporters whose coverage of wildfires in Southern California won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2004.   In 2003, Simmons was a Harvard University Neiman fellow in journalism.

This event is free and open to the public with free parking in Lot K. For more information, contact Jackson at (661) 654-2201.

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