Thomas Brennan in Conversation with Kevin Cullen

February 15, 2018 - 8:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Marine Corps veteran and investigative reporter Thomas Brennan and acclaimed Boston Globe reporter Kevin Cullen. The conversation will be followed by audience Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase through Amherst Books.

Thomas Brennan, recipient of the Purple Heart, was a sergeant in the Marine Corps until medically retired in 2012. He served in Iraq during the Battle of Fallujah and was a squad leader in Afghanistan’s Helmand province with the First Battalion, Eighth Marines. Since 2012, he has been a regular contributor to The New York Times' At War blog. Brennan was the military affairs reporter at The Daily News from early 2013 through mid-2014. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia, and is the founder of The War Horse, an award-winning nonprofit newsroom dedicated to chronicling the effects of post-9/11 conflict. His book Shooting Ghosts, co-authored with combat photographer Finbarr O’Reilly, chronicles his friendship with O’Reilly, and both men’s mental and physical recovery from war.

Kevin Cullen is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for The Boston Globe since 1985. At the Globe, he served as a local, national and foreign correspondent before becoming a columnist. He initially worked as the newspaper's law enforcement correspondent, and won the Livingston Award for his 1987 portrait of an East Boston hoodlum. He spent several stints on the Spotlight Team, the Globe's investigative unit, and was part of the team that first exposed the mobster James "Whitey" Bulger as an FBI informant in 1988.

In 2001, after four years abroad, Cullen returned to Boston and joined the Globe's investigative team, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for exposing the coverup of sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. The team also won many other awards for those exposes, including the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award for National Reporting, and the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting.

In 2014, Cullen won the Mike Royko Award as best columnist chosen by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and was part of the team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Separately, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. The ASNE judges said: "Kevin Cullen's work demonstrates a deft writing touch, a ferocious spirit and a no-holds-barred clarity that is by turns bracing and brilliant. His well-reported columns surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing were particularly noteworthy for their humanity and the way they captured the defiant spirit of a city simultaneously reeling from a devastating attack."

In 2016, he was named best newspaper columnist by the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2017, he won the David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism from the Shorenstein Center.

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