Prominent journalist and author Reese Erlich will speak at Black Hills State University Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at Clare & Josef Meier Recital Hall.
Erlich, longtime foreign correspondent, will also make presentations to several classes at BHSU.
Erlich works full time as a freelance print and broadcast journalist. He reports regularly for National Public Radio, Radio Deutche Welle, Australian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio. He also writes for San Francisco Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News. His television documentaries have aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations nationwide.
Erlich, described by Walter Cronkite, as “a great radio producer and a great friend,” has a long history in journalism that goes back 41 years. He first worked as a staff writer and research editor for “Ramparts”, an investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco from 1963 to 1975.
Erlich’s latest book, “Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba,” was just published, with a forward by former New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer. This book is a probing look at U.S. policy and the future of Cuba on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and the inauguration of President Obama. Erlich explores Cuba’s strained history with the United States and the power of the Cuba Lobby.
“The Cuba Lobby has its public, political wing, but also it’s secret, military wing,” says Erlich. He unearths telling details about murders of dissenting Cuban Americans and terrorist attacks against Cuba, including the murder of civilians. “If Muslim Americans were carrying out similar activities on U.S. shores, they would be thrown into jail without trial.” said Erlich.
Erlich’s book released in 2003, “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You,” co-authored with Norman Solomon, became a best seller that same year. He also wrote, “The Iran Agenda: the Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis,” in 2007. (Foreward by Robert Scheer.)
Erlich shared the prestigious 2006 Peabody award as a segment producer for the public radio series “Crossing East,” a history of Asians in the U.S. In 2004 Erlich’s radio special “Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving,” won a Clarion Award presented by the Association for Women in Communication and second and third place from the National Headliner Awards. His article about the U.S. use of depleted uranium ammunition was voted the eighth most censored story in America for that year by Project Censored at Sonoma State University.
In 2002 his radio documentary, “The Russia Project,” hosted by Walter Cronkite, won the depth reporting prize for broadcast journalism awarded by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Erlich has won numerous journalism awards, including the 1996 Chicago International Film Festival's Silver Hugo for investigative reporting and first and second place in the Media Alliance's 1993 "Project Bay Area Censored" competition. For the year 2000, he received a major grant from the California Council for the Humanities to produce radio documentaries on California jazz and blues. Erlich is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the Media.