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Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Talks about American Revolution

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Alex Storozynski will visit Notre Dame College (NDC) on Monday, Sept. 28, to talk about the American Revolution in the College’s Performing Arts Center at 9:30 a.m. Storozynski is the author of “The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Era of Revolution.” The one-hour long lecture is free and open to the public.

"The Peasant Prince" by Alex StorozynskiStorozynski’s biography of Thaddeus Kosciuszko was published in April by St. Martin’s Press. Kosciuszko was a Polish freedom fighter who served as a colonel in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. “Storozynski pulls military strategist and engineer Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746–1817) back from the brink of obscurity by including almost every documented detail to create the first comprehensive look at a man who once famously symbolized rebellion,” Publishers Weekly wrote.

Storozynski is a former member of the New York Daily News editorial board, founding editor of amNewYork and former city editor of the New York Sun. He has also been published in the European edition of The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, Newsday and other publications. At the Daily News Storozynski wrote editorials and op-ed columns on complex public policy issues. The Daily News’ editorial board team won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

Storozynski has served as chairman and vice-chairman of the Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union, which has more than $1 billion in assets and 70,000 members, making it the largest ethnic credit union in the United States. He is a frequent guest on New York’s Polish radio stations and a contributor to Polskie Radio 1, the largest radio station in Poland.

From 1985 to 1987, Storozynski was a post-graduate fellow at the University of Warsaw and worked as a researcher for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Boston Globe, interviewing Lech Walesa and other solidarity activists who helped overturn communism in Eastern Europe. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Storozynski was also the editor of Empire State Report, the magazine of politics and public policy in New York, and has written speeches for Democrats and Republicans in state politics.

In 2006, Storozynski traveled to Iraq to write about the Polish troops running the multinational zone in the provinces of Diwaniyah and Wasit near the Iranian border. More recently he interviewed Polish President Lech Kaczynski for the New York Sun.

In 2004, the Polish magazine PrzeglÄ…d called Storozynski “a new type of leader in the Polish community,” and named him one of the “100 most influential Poles living abroad.” In 2005, Polish-American World named him “Man of the Year.” In 2006, Poland’s president awarded him with the “Gold Cross of Service” for his articles about Poland. In 2007, the American Center of Polish Culture in Washington, D.C. awarded him for his “distinguished achievement in the field of journalism.”

In 1991, Columbia University sent Storozynski to lecture at Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He has given lectures about Kosciuszko at West Point, the University of Detroit and the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Michigan.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Karen Poelking, vice president for board and community relations, at 216.373.5239 or kpoelking@ndc.edu.