Pulitzer Prize Winning Lehman Alumnus to Discuss Story Of Atrocities and Cover-Up During Vietnam War

BRONX, NY-Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mitchell Weiss, along with co-author Michael Sallah, will give a lecture at Lehman College on Thursday, December 1, about an elite U.S. military unit that killed hundreds of unarmed civilians during the Vietnam War and the ensuing cover-up of the episode by the American government.

Their lecture, entitled “Tiger Force: One of the Greatest Military Secrets of the Twentieth Century,” begins at 12:30 p.m. in Carman Hall, Room B-04. Following the talk, Mr. Weiss will receive the Lehman Alumni Award.

Weiss and Sallah won the Pulitzer Prize for their series of articles in 2003 for the Toledo Blade, “Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths,” which uncovered the incident. They are currently working on a book based on the series, due to be published in 2006 by Little, Brown and Company.

Weiss, who now works for The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, credits his studies at Lehman with giving him the foundation to nurture his dream of becoming a writer. He graduated from Lehman in 1981 and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He spent 12 years at the Associated Press, where he won state and national awards, and joined the Toledo Blade in 1998.

His talk is co-sponsored by the Lehman College Alumni Association and the College’s City and the Humanities Program. For more information, call the Alumni Relations office at (718) 960-8975.