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’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.

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.