SPJ Houston to host Chronicle’s Pulitzer winner

Pulitzer Prize winner Lisa Falkenberg will talk about writing a column for a major metropolitan newspaper starting at 7 p.m. June 11 at The Printing Museum.

Falkenberg, the Houston Chronicle’s metro columnist, writes Wednesdays and Fridays on topics ranging from politics to education to the death penalty.

She won the Houston ChFalkenbergLisaronicle’s first Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in April 2015 for “vividly-written, groundbreaking columns about grand jury abuses that led to a wrongful conviction and other egregious problems in the legal and immigration systems.”

She was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2014.

Those who attended the Law & The Media seminar this year, titled “The Grand Jury System: A Closer Look,” heard Falkenberg discuss what she encountered through her coverage of the Grand Jury debate.

A sixth-generation Texan, Falkenberg is the daughter of a truck driver and a homemaker, born and raised in Seguin, where her interest in reporting was born at the high school newspaper. While studying journalism at the University of Texas, she covered the Texas Legislature for two news bureaus (Scripps Howard and The Associated Press). She was the first in her family to go to college and graduated with a journalism degree in 2000.Pulitzer

She joined the Associated Press’ Dallas bureau in 2001, eventually becoming a regional writer covering Dallas and East Texas. She covered the Columbia shuttle disaster, the deadly BP refinery explosion in Texas City and anchored national congressional and senate races. She was named Texas AP Writer of the Year in 2004.

Falkenberg joined the Houston Chronicle in 2005, first in the Austin bureau, then moving to Houston in 2007 to write the metro column. She has earned several local and state awards for her column-writing, and has been named the Chronicle’s Commentator of the Year.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Heights.

An SPJ board meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. followed by Falkenberg’s comments at 7 p.m. The Printing Museum is located at 1324 West Clay Street, Houston, TX. The event is free and open to the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to houstonspj@hotmail.com.