Journalist and author Reese Erlich will be on the Black Hills State University campus Oct. 26. He will discuss his new book, The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East, at 2 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 305. He will also be speaking about the journalism profession at 12 noon in Jonas Hall, room 306. Both talks are open to the public at no charge.
Erlich works full time as a freelance print and broadcast journalist. He reports regularly for National Public Radio, Marketplace Radio, Latino USA, Radio Deutche Welle, Australian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio. He also writes for San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, and Christian Science Monitor.
Erlich has been a media critic for San Francisco's KQED-FM (NPR affiliate) since 1988. His "Perspectives on Jazz" series airs on 16 public radio stations in the United States and Canada.
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.
Reese Erlich, described by Walter Cronkite, as “a great radio producer and a great friend,” has a long history in journalism that goes back 40 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. Today he works as a full-time print, and broadcast freelance reporter. He reports regularly for CBC, ABC (Australia), Radio Deutche Welle and National Public Radio. His articles appear in the San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times and the Dallas Morning News. His television documentaries have aired on PBS stations nationwide.
Erlich’s book, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You co-authored with Norman Solomon, became a best seller in 2003. His latest book, The Iran Agenda: the Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis, will be in bookstores in September 2007. (Foreward by Robert Scheer.)
His magazine articles have appeared in San Francisco Magazine, California Monthly, California Lawyer, Mother Jones, The Progressive, The Nation, AARP’s Segunda Juventud, and he has worked as a consultant to National Geographic.
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 2002-3 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.