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Wartime Journalist to Serve as Snedden Chair



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 9, 2010

Fairbanks, Alaska—War photographer, newspaper reporter and documentary filmmaker Cheryl Hatch will serve as the fifth C.W. Snedden Chair in Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

As a reporter and photographer, Hatch covered conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, including the aftermath of the first Gulf War in Iraq and the famine and subsequent U.S. intervention in Somalia. She also documented the return to peace in Mozambique and Eritrea.

Hatch is the recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Her photographs have been exhibited worldwide, including at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Sony Gallery in Cairo and the Leica Gallery in Solms, Germany. Her work has been published in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and Paris Match.

This fall, Hatch will be teaching “Journalism in Perspective” as well as giving a public talk in October as part of the Snedden guest lecturer series. The 2010 series will also feature Pulitzer Prize-winning municipal reporter and editor Ceaser Williams and longtime foreign correspondent and author Bradley Martin.

Helen Snedden established the Snedden Chair in 2003 in memory of her late husband, the former publisher and owner of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Since its establishment, the chair has allowed the UAF journalism department to bring a series of nationally known journalists to Fairbanks to teach classes and speak to students, local journalists and the public.

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