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Roger Wilkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University, will discuss "The Politics of Equality" as part of the Old Dominion University President's Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

While on the editorial page staff of The Washington Post, he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for Watergate coverage with Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Herbert Block.

Currently a network commentator for National Public Radio, Wilkins has had a distinguished career that has spanned government, law, philanthropy and journalism. He has authored two books, written at least 60 book reviews and op-ed pieces for major American papers, published articles in two dozen magazines, and conceived, written and narrated two Frontline documentaries. In addition to his Pulitzer, he holds 10 honorary degrees and has served on more than five boards, including those of the NAACP and the African-American Institute.

Wilkins was born in 1932 in Kansas City, Mo., and attended the University of Michigan, receiving his B.A. in 1953 and his J.D. in 1956. He was an intern with Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund. Following graduation he worked in several capacities as an advocate for justice.

After five years in New York, he forsook the Big Apple for the nation's capital, and began a career in the U.S. government that would span the next seven years. During this time, his work took him through three different government agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice. He eventually rose to serve as the assistant attorney general of the United States from 1966-69 before leaving his career in government.

After a three-year commitment to philanthropic work, during which he served as the program officer in charge of social development for the Ford Foundation, Wilkins embarked on what was to become his second major, and equally successful, career as an editor and commentator for newspaper and radio in New York and Washington. After a short time as a member of the editorial page staff at The Washington Post, he returned to New York City for five years (1974-79), where he was a member of the editorial board of The New York Times.

This article was posted on: January 7, 2005

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