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Paper Boy to Pulitzer

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John Hughes on a fact-finding mission in Southeast Asia in the mid-1960S

Tuesday our guest is former Deseret News editor John Hughes. His recently published memoir details his distinguished career as a journalist. Born under the German blitz of London, he witnessed the fall of colonial rule in Africa as a cub reporter. He went on to cover the Vietnam War, earn a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of governmental collapse in Indonesia, and edit publications across the country. Hughes has said he wrote a book because he thought he had a love story to tell, and it’s about journalism.

John Hughes is currently a professor at Brigham Young University. He served as editor of the Deseret News from 1997 to 2007. He was also the editor of the Christian Science Monitor, a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, a member of the Pulitzer Board, a spokesman for Secretary of State George Schultz and UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali. His new book is called Paper Boy to Pulitzer: A Newsman's Journey [Nebadoon Press].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.