The Girl in the Window: A talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lane DeGregory

Case Western Reserve University to host talk March 3

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In 2009, Tampa police rescued a little girl named Danielle from a maggot-and-cockroach-infested house. Nearly 7 years old, she had spent most of her life with minimal human contact.

“The authorities had discovered the rarest and most pitiable of creatures: a feral child,” writes Lane DeGregory, in her story, “The Girl in the Window.” The Tampa Bay Times article won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2009, cementing DeGregory’s place as one of the nation’s foremost newspaper feature writers.

During a free public talk, sponsored by the Department of English at Case Western Reserve University, on Monday, March 3, DeGregory will discuss Danielle’s story, and those of others whose lives too often hide in the margins. The talk is at 6 p.m. in room 309 of Clark Hall, 11130 Bellflower Rd. on the Case Western Reserve campus in Cleveland.

DeGregory will share how she ensures that these stories resonate with readers, and techniques to help other writers keep these stories alive, said Jim Sheeler, Case Western Reserve’s Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and Media Writing and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

For information, contact Sheeler at 216.368.2372 email james.sheeler@case.edu.

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