The U.S.-Mexico border as seen from the U.S. side. Image by © Louie Palu/ZUMA. United States, 2012.
Marisol Espinoza, a 20-year-old woman from Chiapas, Mexico, in a shelter for deportees and migrants the night after she was deported from the United States. She crossed into the United States and walked through the Arizona desert for six days before she was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol. Image by © Louie Palu/ZUMA. Mexico, 2012.

How do journalists navigate their work around some of the most dangerous places in the world? What measures might they take to protect themselves? How often must they ignore compelling stories in favor of protecting themselves? Join three Pulitzer-Center-sponsored journalists for "Covering the Drug Wars: Getting the Story and Staying Alive" at George Washington University on February 26, 2013 for the answers to these questions and more. Panel moderated by Steve Roberts, J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.

Louie Palu has been tracking the volatile border between the United States and Mexico as part of his Bernard L. Schwartz Fellowship with the New America Foundation. He writes about and photographs the chaos that surrounds one of the most deadly country lines in the world. Nick Miroff has reported from Central America, examining the spillover from Mexico's drug war and implications for countries that lie in the drug smuggling path between South America and the United States. Daniel Connolly has drawn a sobering connection between one American city and the grisly Mexican drug violence.

Please join us for this opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at the daily--and often times dangerous--lives of journalists.

Tuesday, February 26
6:00 pm
The George Washington University
School of Media and Public Affairs
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Reception follows discussion.

Free, open to the public. RSVP requested.

The event is sponsored by the Pulitzer Center and George Washington University, a Campus Consortium partner.


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